Sunday, July 24, 2011


I know I already shared a little about my experience in the Chinese church service, but I wanted to share more about our day on Sunday.

I think it was the best day we've had together, Johanna and I. She seems to have gotten past her initial reservations and is warming up to me more and more! I love it when she smiles at me or says, "Mommy". I'm pretty sure that's a universal term of endearment :)...........

After thoroughly enjoying our time at church, we stopped at the White Swan's Deli for ice cream. YUM!

We headed back to our room around 12 and spent the afternoon making jewelry, watching a little TV (some dog show was on), eating Cup-of-Noodles, and taking a nap. Sometimes the quiet time in our room is the hardest, because the silence is really awkward, but I found yesterday to be really fun, and I think Johanna did, too.

Met our friends for dinner again, and Emma and Johanna giggled, talked, and played all evening.

Johanna was practically SKIPPING back to the room after dinner. I could tell she was feeling really happy. I'm SO glad. We practiced some English phrases and words the whole walk back to our hotel!

Last night on Skype, Brent and Ellie showed Johanna her room, and she chose the bottom bunk to be hers. They showed her the clothes, toys, dresser, turtle :), and I was loving watching her face light up. She genuinely seems excited to see where she will be living. I've noticed she gets bored on Skype,(she can't understand what we're saying) except when Eliana is talking! I think Eliana and Johanna will grow to be wonderful friends. I'm so proud of BOTH my older girls for their willingness to accept and embrace this change.

All in all, the Lord gave us a beautiful day. It's the little things, really, that mean so much. Thank you for your overwhelming support and outpouring of love via comments on the blog, email, and facebook. You can't know how much it means to me to know that people are praying.

And it's working! :) And God is good, all the time. I will praise Him in the sunshine, and I will praise Him in the storm.

Time to get in the shower so we can head to breakfast----I'm starving! :)


  1. I'm so glad to hear you had a good day! I'm praying for all of you!


  2. Thank you so much for sharing your church experience! It's such a blessing to see international Christians praising Him!

  3. I enjoy following your blog, I love her name!! Its my name too, and I rarely hear of it!! God Bless you and your beautiful family!! We are awaiting to go get our daughter from China!!

  4. It sounds like you are taking it 'slow and steady' with her, I'm so happy for you. We're loving the photos, keep them coming (-:

  5. It was neat seeing the church photos. We did not get to go there while we were in China because we stayed at The Garden and not on the island. Several of the store owners told us they were Christians and that they attended there. The store owners that said they attended there were Jordan and a sweet couple that sold us squeaky shoes and gave us Christian tracts in Chinese to share with our daughter when she is older.


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