"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Sunday, January 31, 2010

We're In CHINA!

It's Sunday afternoon here in China and we've made it to Nanning. That entaled a Des Moines to Chicago flight (piece of cake), a 14.5 hour Chicago to Shanghai flight (a large chunck of something else...much less desireable than cake), by the time we got to hour 6 I thought for sure we were almost there, I about cried when I realized we still had 8 hours left, then  a twelve hour stay in a Shanghai hotel, and  a 3.5 hour flight from Shanghai to Nanning.  
If you haven't undertaken a 14+ hour plane ride with three small children in the last few months, you should give it a try. It will make all those things you don't look forward to seem like a warm ray of sunshine...like say cavity fillings at the dentist, the upcoming tax date, etc. Actually the kids did amazingly well on the flight and it honestly could not have gone much better.  Praise the Lord!
Our hotel in Nanning is great and it feels good to be able to unpack a little bit and stay in one place now for the week.  Now, we are just trying to get over the jet lag...
We had fried noodles for lunch today and much to my surprise Parker loved them.  I already knew Aly and Austin liked them, but was surprised Parker did too.
We meet Lilyia tomorrow (Monday, February 1st) at 2:30 pm China time which will be 12:30am US time.  Keep us in your prayers during this transition for everyone.  
I am going to try and get some sleep now since Alyson and Parker are both sleeping.  Austin and John went to the grocery store to get some milk and juice for our mini fridge.
We will post more after we get Lilyia.
The Christen Family

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  1. At least you're in good spirits! Your post was too funny!! Great pictures. I cannot wait to hear about tomorrow! We're covering you in prayers.

    I love you,

  2. Glad you made it! I cannot even begin to imagine that 14 hour flight, but am looking to you for example as we contemplate taking our 4 in just a few months when we make the trip ourselves!! :) but be honest!!
    we'll be praying for your meeting Lilyia and the transition. Blessings, Vicki

  3. So glad you made it there safely! Hope you have a wonderful Gotcha Day tomorrow with Lilyia! Can't believe she's almost yours!

  4. I am so glad you are there and I am praying that the hard part of your trip is over. What an exciting time for your family. I am so glad to hear that you all got to go. May the blessings continue to rain down.