I can definitely tell that we have a strong group of family and friends praying for us as we go through this. We were worried about our flights over to China and asked everyone to pray for that. We ended up with excellent seats and Michele and I were together. Yesterday, we asked for prayer because Michele hasn’t been feeling the best. She woke up this morning and is doing really well – the best she’s been since we left Minneapolis. Thank you everyone, so much, for your prayers. They are powerful and effective!! Please don’t stop praying for us, the girls, and our boys.
Three hours and counting until we get to meet Quinn and Jenna. I’m getting more and more nervous by the hour. But it is a good nervousness I think. Mixed with excitement and anticipation. How is this transition going to go? Will it be a months long, tear filled, emotionally draining process? Will the girls fear us and look to run away, back to their home every chance they get? Will they like Michele and I? Will we have a fun-filled, bonding time right from the beginning? Or will it be something in between or perhaps something completely different?
Michele is worried about their cleft lip and palate. This has always been something that has scared her to some degree, all of the painful surgeries that we will have to go through with them. Will they recover fast? Will the surgeries work the first time? How bad will their scars be? However, I am more worried about the immediate future. Can we get diapers, formula, food that they are used to? How long will it take us to figure out how to feed our girls and will they eat for us? Michele and I barely know how to find and order food for ourselves here when nearly everything is in Chinese. I have found that Nanning is different from Beijing. In Beijing, it was very easy to order food and get around because most of the menus had English and many of the people spoke English. There is still some of that in Nanning but it is far less.
I’ve found that Quinn and Jenna have found a very deep place in my heart which has been growing steadily through the past months. My heart aches for the emotional pain they will be going through today and over the next couple of days. They are probably saying their final goodbyes to their foster family right now – or will be shortly. I pray and hope that Michele and I will be able to comfort them and support them during this time. I pray that Quinn and Jenna will let us.