A bit about the Himsels

In July 2011, we were drawn to a posting by our adoption agency of a little girl that was soon to "age out" of the orphanage in China, and they were hoping to find her family before her birthday in February, when she would no longer be eligible for adoption. After reviewing the information, giving it alot of thought and prayers, we knew she was to be our daughter. So we started the paperwork chase to bring her home. But God had a bigger plan in mind for the Himsels. Along the way, we decided to pursue adopting a little boy, and that journey actually led us to two little boys, who are 18 months and 14 months old. All three children are located in the Guizhou province. We are excited to be so close to bringing home Ella (Jinglan), William, and Ethan, and we hope you follow along with our journey.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Guiyang Bound

Another early start, as we packed up and checked out of the hotel. We had a morning of sightseeing on the agenda before we headed to the airport for our flight to the kids province. Packing was a bit of a challenge - there is such a tight weight limit on domestic flights that we spent most of the morning shifting things from one suitcase to another trying to balance the weight.

Our morning was spent at Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. It was quite cold and the wind was bitter, so we kept moving pretty quickly. But there was quite a bit to see. Forbidden City is suppose to have 9999 rooms, and we only saw a handful of them, and it took all morning. There were some spectacular views there,and our coordinator, Shirley did a good job giving us the history lesson, but we were pretty cold so quite happy when we finished up.

After a great lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe, we headed to the airport for our flight to Guiyang. We made it thru the weighing of the luggage (barely) and the airport was quite easy to navigate. Before long we were air bound - leaving Beijing behind us. It was a 3 HR flight, and by the time we got our luggage, found our guide, and headed to the hotel, we were all pretty exhausted. But we're settle in at the Sheraton, and will be meeting our kids tomorrow around 2 pm. We'll take all the good karma we can, hoping that it goes well tomorrow.

LynnĂ© and I took a quick walk after we got in to see the city in lights.  Hard to believe that this province is one of the poorest in China when you are in Guiyang.  We were told they don't have a Starbucks or a McDonalds, but there is a Walmart across the street (under ground actually), an Apple Store and a Gucci. 

1 comment:

  1. The long awaited day is finally here! Hope all goes well. Mary Wysong