Friday, July 21, 2006

We made it! The trip was pretty flawless but tiring. 13 Hours on a plane is not my idea of a good time but we are thankful that we all made it in one piece. It is Saturday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. here in Nanning. That would be 1:30 a.m. at home. We just got here around 12:30 p.m. and immediately went to lunch. Our guide directed us to a restaraunt and made sure that we had someone to take our order that could speak some English (I said some). We all ended up ordering the same "safe" thing - soy burger and fries. The language barrier is very difficult. You end up drawing a lot of pictures with your hands. We have designated Nancy as our artist when needed. This morning at the airport hotel, she had to draw a picture of a toilet to the front desk personnel. She must have drawn a pretty good one because it didn't take them two seconds to finally realize what she was asking for. Although, when she returned she said she didn't understand why they were able to recognize it because her picture did not represent the "squat room" that she had to use.

We stayed at the airport hotel last night and it was very different. Matthew learned quickly that you do not mess with any items in the room that you are not sure about. He decided to play with the air conditioning remote and we woke up to a freezing cold room this morning. Our guide last night called ahead and had them turn on the air in our rooms. Yes, the hallway and entrance to the hotel was HOT. The best way to describe the humidity/temperature is to picture the way it feels when you get into your car and close the door in the summertime when it has been sitting in the sun.

We met our guide here in Nanning and he has been very helpful the past few hours. We are resting this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon we will meet back up and attend a travel meeting and then off to Wal-Mart we go. They are taking us there to purchase items for our children that we will be meeting on Monday afternoon!!!! I am getting more excited as the time gets near.

I have loaded some pictures but can only see one so I don't know if the others will actually come across. One picture is of Julia's bed that the tried to roll into Mom and Nancy's room. They quickly directed the gentleman to my room. I actually was looking at the guy like who is that for and then it dawned on me why he was bringing it. I quickly had to unpack her toys and place them in the crib.

The other pictures that I tried to load are from the Tokoyo airport. We had just gotten off of the 13 hour plane trip and were about to board our last 4 hour flight. If you can see them, everyone is exhausted.

Okay, lastly, the Croc story. To all of you who are thinking about wearing Crocs on your trip and will be walking down airport hallways - BE Careful. Crocs do not give on that floor and instantly become a hazard when trying to walk without falling on your face. :) We got some good entertainment in Memphis when Mother almost tripped, Nancy was playing around and decided to hold her arm so she could walk straight and then both of them hit the floor in the middle of the airport. After, and only after, I saw they were okay, did I have a good laugh and I am still laughing. Luckly, no one was hurt. We have decided that we need to do a brief re-enactment for the camera but haven't found the public forum for such picture.

Well, Matthew is already asleep taking an afternoon, jet lag recovering, siesta. Just wanted to let everyone know that we made it and we are doing well. I miss you Tim, Carson and Chase and cannot wait to show you pictures of Julia. The ones that adopted "Emily" are right next door to us in the hotel so Julia will have someone that she recognizes to play with. I wish all of you guys were here with us. We love You. Leah


Drew and Lori said...

Leah- we are so excited for you and praying every day! can't wait to see pictures. Your Julia's life is about to change forever- what a beautiful miracle is about to occur! Keep us posted!

Olivia said...

Hey! Mom

I heard you made it to China. I heard Grandma Susan had a good trip on the plane. Ha! Ha!
I miss you. And I heard Matthew made the room SOOOOO cold.

Love, Chase


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