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Monday, June 9, 2008

In less than 12 hours, we meet Graeme!!!

Tommy, Lily and Jessie hug our guide, Helen, goodbye.
Lily Wen enjoys her Pepsi NO ICE from KFC!

Tomorrow she will be a big sister...she is so excited!

Today has been a long but wonderful day. We left Beijing this morning. We had to say goodbye to our guide Helen. She was wonderful and so good with the children. It was hard to say goodbye to her.

Then, we boarded the plane to Anhui Province. As we sat on the runway, I got teary eyed thinking about how we were finally heading to Graeme's home province. It really hit me that we get him tomorrow and just how amazing that feels to finally be this close. We landed and it was raining lightly but the day cleared up and has been beautiful. We have had hot and sticky weather since we have been here. The families that traveled to Hong Kong have apparently been in downpours of rain with flooding and everything. I'll take hot and sticky over wet and muggy any day!!! We arrived at our hotel in Hefei and checked in to our room which was tiny. We found that the corner rooms are larger and moved to a different room for more space. We spent the afternoon exchanging money, resting and organizing.
This evening we walked to a nearby marketplace with our travel mates. We were all a little ready for some American food. We found a Kentucky Fried Chicken and since we all live in Kentucky....well it was just meant to be. We joked about saying we had been sent by the Colonel to check the quality. There was a definite language barrier when ordering when a manager finally produced a picture menu...then we were in business. We had a pleasant dinner with wonderful conversation. We walked back to the hotel and cut through a gorgeous park on our way. There were lots of young couples and seemed to be the place to go for some time alone. We have definitely stood out here more and are stared at each time we leave the room. We have only had one person approach us to touch Lily and pat her with lots of smiles but we are not quite sure what she said since our guide was not with us. She is picking up the other family that will join us tomorrow.

As you sleep tonight, we meet Graeme. Words just can't describe how excited we are to be on the verge of the beginning of our life with him. I have been organizing the room to get it toddler friendly and packing his backpack of toys and snacks to go meet him. I am supposed to come up with a list of questions that I have for the Nannies. I just want to say, "Tell me everything. I want to know every detail of his life before us." I so want to ask the right questions to be able to share as much as we can with him. We are going to have another chance though later in the week when we visit the orphanage. I must head to bed now for tomorrow I meet my son!! Keep the messages and e-mails coming...they mean so much!

17 comments:

Laurie said...

Thinking of all of you in these final hours before Graeme...can't wait to see the post that says he is with his family! :-)

Laurie
CCAI WCP

FHL said...

Oh, So Exciting!!! I'll be thinking about you all as I go to sleep tonight...and praying for peace for sweet Graeme and Lily. She looks so sweet and I'm sure she'll be an amazing big sister!

Hugs!!!

Janelle said...

I CAN'T WAIT!!! I'll check the blog first thing.

And sometime...let me know how blogging is working from China these days. Is someone posting for you? Or can you access it yourself?

BEST WISHES to the Miracle Family from the Wise Family! Prayers go with you...

Shellye said...

I can't wait to see photos! I am so happy for you!!!
Love,
Shellye, Tehilla and Eliana

Donna said...

I recognized the desk and "goodie bag" from Jane in the pic of Lainey! Memories...
SOOOO excited for you and can't wait to see pics of your meeting with Graeme. Tell us AlL about it!! Blessings to you on what will be a remarkable day!

deaffmommie said...

Margaret and Family,
I am so HAPPY for you! This must be so exciting. I am looking forward to your post on th emorning.

Hugs for your boy and if you get the chance to see My Girl Peanut give her a BIG kiss and Hug from her mommy.

Much Love and safe travels.
barbara

Kelly said...

Margaret! I am so excited for you! I have read all of your blogs and cried my eyes out with excitement! I know God has great plans in your family. God has blessed your family with one of the greatest blessings, a son. Graeme is truly blessed too to be coming home with a wonderful family who loves him so much already! I'm so ready to see more posts and to see the pictures of Graeme with his big sis and his momma and dada! I love you and I'll be praying for you today!

Cora said...

I can't wait to see you all together. Finally you are there and he is so close!

Debbie and Sam said...

Thank you for sharing your blog with the Yahoo group. I am excited to follow your journey. We were in Hefei, Anhui in August to meet our little girl. Enjoy the moments!!!

Debbie
www.emasjourney.blogspot.com

Kim said...

We are anxiously awaiting our LOA for our daughter who is also in Hefei! Congratulations. Can't wait to see pictures of when you finally meet! Kim
catecomeshome.blogspot.com

marybob143@aol.com said...

OMG, Margaret!!!! This is so exciting!!! I'm so happy you can blog!!! Can you believe that Graeme will see his next everything with his new family??? Next sunset, sunrise & so on...and all those firsts that you've waited so long to have with him!!!! We send you big, virtual hugs from South Louisiana, where it's hot & sticky, too!!! :) I can't wait to hear what Lily thinks about her baby brother! She's going to be such a good sister...that Graeme is a lucky boy in so many ways!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

I am sooo excited for you... I can't wait to see Graeme in your arms in the morning..
Hugs

Grannymary said...

I so excited for you. The long wait is finally over. I will be thinking of you and praying for you as I go to sleep tonight - if I can sleep. Will see you and Graeme on my web cam in the morning. Can't wait!!

Love to All,
Mom

redmaryjanes said...

I am all watery eyed over here in Michigan. I know how your arms have ached for your son and I am so happy for you my friend. I will be thinking about you all day tomorrow!

Kristy said...

Hi there, it sounds like all of you are really having a good time. I have to say that I am sitting on pins and needles waiting for the minute I see all of you with your precious son. By the time I get home from work tomorrow I am thinking that you wil have posted pictures and I can't WAIT!!!! Good things come to those who wait right!!!! God bless all of you tomorrow!!!

Love, Kristy

Truly Blessed said...

Can't wait!!!!

Oh, Margaret, Wes & Lily, I get chills just thinking about it. Hold on Graeme -- your family is coming!!

Waitingfaithfully said...

It's Graeme Day in China! Wooooohoooooo! My heart is so very happy for all of you-- Margaret, Wes and soon to be "big sister" Lily Wen. Praying for a beautiful day, and for peace in Graeme's heart as he makes this huge leap.

May the Lord keep you all safely under His wing!

Blessings from Texas, watching and waiting . . .

Tina and family