Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wed March 18th


We are happy to say after an exhausting flight we are now in China - infact we have been here for two days. Currently we are in Langfang staying at a house two houses from where James spend 1-1/2 years of his life. He linked up again with Paul, a boy Mike and Elisa his house parents adopted. Paul and James were in foster care together and at first just stared at each other then they finally spoke and now they are best friends exchanging toys so they can remember each other as the years pass. Hannah has even joined into make it three.

Yesterday we had lunch in the same private dinning room of a place we ate at 7 years ago when we first came to Langfang. It seemed like yesterday, except that Hannah and James were enjoying the delicious food and managing to eat with chopsticks like pros. That same afternoon of all things we visited the somewhat new Walmart and had fun trying to find the Frito Lay product and the other recognizable items. We came away with Oreos, Cheetos, Cheerios and Frosted Flakes!

Last night we enjoyed a new dinning experience called "Hot Pots". Literally you cook your own meal in a small boiling pot that is placed in front. You then add your own meat, vegetables, seasonings and noodles. It was quite delecious and even the kids ate without any comments as to what am I eating. James however, was experiencing so much jet lag that by about 30 minutes he was asleep in his chair.

Today we are having dumplings for lunch that we are actually going to help the Ayi (nannies) make.

Tommorrow we get to travel to New Day and meet Leah for the first time, I believe we are all excited and nervous at the same time. Hopefully tommorrow night when we reach Beijing we will be able to share with you all how it goes.


  1. The pictures are great! I think James and Paul could get into lots of mischief together:0) We couldn't wait for you to post again and we'll be waiting anxiously for the next one. It's gonna be incredible when you get to actually see and hold Leah Hope! We love you!

  2. Congratulations! We always enjoy seeing updates of Leah Hope. I look forward to following your journey. I first heard of your family from a local family who traveled with you and adopted twins from Tianjin.
    Cindy (Brett's Mom)

  3. Congratulations! I am so excited for you all and for Leah, I can only imagine the happiness that is in her heart right now :) I spent two months at ND last summer, and Leah and I spent an hour or two every afternoon working on her English reading. Curious George became a favorite of hers! I wish you all the best :)

  4. Love the pictures! So happy for you guys! Can't wait to hear updates!