Monday, June 21, 2010

Gotcha Day!

I am writing this blog in Microsoft Word and sending it to Teddy to post on my blogspot because I have been unable to access to site from here in Jinan China. A few updates: Since last I wrote, we have done A LOT! The 13-hour flight from New York to Beijing was tough but incredible. We flew over the North Pole and it was amazing. Flew into Jinan the next morning and within 3 hours they were knocking on our hotel door with Lily in tow. Can you imagine the emotions we all were feeling? If you are thinking adjectives like thrilling, and ecstatic, and happy and excited, you would be completely wrong. At first, all of us, including Lily were more like terrified, and overwhelmed and helpless. Honestly, I was thinking, why am I here, what were we thinking? The same things many of you have been asking all along. Lily screamed to the top of her lungs for three hours solid, which we were told ahead of time is a very good thing. It certainly did not seem to be so good to me. However, in my heart I was screaming as well. After meeting with the orphanage director, we all went to the Chinese Wal-Mart for supplies. If you haven’t googled the Chinese Wal-Mart, you really really should. Although the online pictures don’t really do the experience justice, take a look anyway. I had seen the pics earlier, and still I was startled! Much of the meat is so fresh it is still breathing. Seriously! And, to make me feel even better, almost EVERYONE here is China that we have met, and those who come up to us on the street ask how someone so old could be married for so long to someone so young, and that Susan looks “normal’ to have a child Lily’s age and that I look like the grandpa! So, they treat me here the same way they do in the U.S.

Anyway, somewhere in this process Lily started to get very comfortable with Susan. Still not so much with me. They hold hands and walk and she calls Susan mama. I was so excited when finally she held her hand out to me. I reached to hold it and she let me know it wasn’t my hand she wanted. It was my goldfish crackers! Oh, by the way, I left the camera transfer cord at home so I cannot download pictures. I will do that when I get home. I know I am rambling here, but I want to tell you as much as possible and not go on and on.

Ruby (her English name) is our translator and she has handled everything for us so beautifully. Today was the official adoption and it went very smoothly. Details later, but Lily is ours officially. Thanks to Doc (Susan’s dad) we learned how to Skype, and Emily and Daniel and Teddy have seen Lily online so they can fill you in on what they have seen! Blair and Jeff are on an anniversary trip so they have not met her yet but can't wait. She is laughing and blowing kisses and eating a whole lot. Definitely a “Cheek”!

Now back to the emotions thing. NOW, we are very thrilled, happy, ecstatic and excited, and can’t wait to get her home. When I get in, I will post pictures and more updates. Tomorrow we go by high-speed train to Lily’s orphanage city and then Wednesday morning (Tuesday evening for you) I begin the trip back. Please pray for Susan and Lily as this very unfamiliar place is logistically a challenge. Pray for the kids at home and our flights. We love you. Look forward to seeing everyone!

Chip

9 comments:

paynecounselor said...

Chip,
You are hilarious,as usual! I am so exicted for you and Suzie and your entire family! Lily is precious and her "extended" family in Montgomery already loves her and cannot wait to embrace her. Your hands on action to help the fatherless is a challenge to all of us who know you. Thank you for modeling obedience to Christ's commands in this area; you are being used as a sharpening tool. All of God's people are called to help the orphans, may many more of us be found faithful. I cannot wait to see Suzie and Lily! Please keep us updated! I cannot wait to see the pictures too. I will be praying for you, Suzie and Lily.

Tanya Birchfield said...

Wow, what a beautiful child. I am so glad that Lily looks like the picture of health and is eating well. Thank you so much for keeping us informed. It is so exciting for us stateside to be able to follow you. What an incredible faith journey!

Donna Conte said...

Whoo-hooo-We are so excited and cannot wait to meet Lily. We are praying for you all!

marcia calender said...

Oh! What an angel. Your descriptions make us feel like we are there with you. Lily is gorgeous and this will be an incredible bonding time with Susie. But Lily will be glad to see her "grandpa" when she reaches Montgomery. We are praying as you requested and can't wait to love on Lily.

Lisa and Temp said...

Lily may actually give me a shot at keeping Temp home for college! We have been staring at the picture of Lily and just not believing that precious angel is now a part of our family.......it's just too exciting for words. Our prayers are with you all. Temp can't wait to meet his new cousin and I can't wait to have another niece to spoil! We love you.

amerysouth said...

Wonderful news!! I pray that the rest of the trip goes as smoothly. Can't wait to see littly Lily!!

Dana Temple said...

What a doll!! Lily is a special child for a very special family. I'm looking so forward to being Uncle Dana to this wonderful little girl. My prayers are with you all. I can't wait until Lily's first "Sunday lunch".
Oh and "Grandpa Chip", just one more thing to say: Grecian Formula for men - I've heard it works great!

Cyndie Smith said...

Congratulations on the new Cheek! She is adorable and will be a beautiful addition to your already gorgeous family. Your generous spirit is an inspiration to us. My prayers are with you all as you continue this journey.

Melissa Grant said...

Congratulations on the newest addition to your family! She is absolutely adorable! Love to you all and safe travels home.
Missi (Finner) Grant