April writes:

Today has been a MUCH better day!  Thank you all so much for your prayers!  🙂

After a good night’s sleep, we got up early this morning (6 a.m.) to start our day.  The girls ate breakfast well and we were packed up and ready to leave for Luohe by 8.  We had mentioned to our CCAI Rep Yisha about our tramautic day yesterday traveling with Faith.  She agreed that it might be better if Grace stayed back with Faith in the hotel room and she would also be close by in the hotel if Grace had any problems or if they needed anything.  I was so thrilled to not have to endure (at least) a 5 hour drive with a screaming Faith!  We were able to stay in contact with Grace through our guide’s cell phone and we called periodically to check in on her.  Both did GREAT!!

We traveled to Luohe to apply for Hope’s passport.  It was a peaceful ride and Hope slept most of the way there.  We were able to meet back up with the Orphanage Officer that brought Hope to us on Gotcha Day.  We were grateful to have some of our questions answered.  With an international adoption, there are oftentimes so many gaps in the child’s past and Faith and Hope are no exception to that.  Any bit of information is precious to us, and will be to her someday too.  The application process for Hope’s passport was simple and quick.  Just the way we like things to go!  🙂

We have spent the rest of the day in the hotel just relaxing and bonding with our girls.  Well, except for poor Rick, who holds a part-time job here in China as an errand boy.  He spends quite a bit of time going out to find tasty, inexpensive food for us to eat, as well as, replenishing our stock from Walmart.  How very much I love and am grateful for that man!!

The girls are delightful little people and we are enjoying them very much!  Thank you again for your prayers.  They were felt and heard and God has answered abundantly.


On the road to Luohe.


With Hope’s orphanage director applying for her passport in Luohe.


My girls. So thankful that they all have each other.





1 Comment on “Ni hao!

  1. So glad your day was better! In my devotions this morning I was praying for you and reading through my sermon notes from when Austin Walker preached on 2 Chron 14:11–“Lord, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power.” I had written:
    “Asa, conscious of his own need, weakness, desperate situation, helplessness; trusting in God’s ability, power, mercy, promise. Defense, protection, provision–trust Him for all our needs!”
    And I prayed that you would know that same security as Asa.

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