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

Thursday, February 4, 2010

We had a very fun day today!  We went to a huge Mountain Park here in Nanning and walked around and the kids got to do a big obstacle course, feed some fish and ride on a boat.  We all had a good time.
Lilyia has done great today so far.  She just has the cutest little voice and it is adorable to hear her talking in Chinese.  She is really warming up to us a lot more.   The first day she preferred our guide over us, but today our guide tried to pick her up and she reached her arms out for daddy, so that is a good sign.  She has done better with me today too.  She won't reach her arms out to me yet, but she will let me hold her now without getting too mad.  We praise God and give him the glory for her softened heart towards us...thank you to everyone for your prayers.   We can clearly feel your love and prayers for our family.
Lilyia is such a smart and obedient little girl and it is very clear that she was very well loved and taken care of in her foster home.  We are so thankful for her foster family and their willingness to care for her until we were able to come and get her.  I really feel for her foster family right now and their loss of her, praying that God would give them peace and comfort at this time.
It is so cute to watch Parker and Lilyia interact.  Lilyia always wants to hold Parker's hand and Parker always tries and pulls Lilyia's thumb out of her mouth, she sucks her thumb and I think it is so cute.  (I know, I know I won't be saying that in two years, but none of my other kids have ever sucked their thumb and I think it's adorable).  
Tomorrow evening (Friday) we fly to Guangzhou after we pick up Lilyia's passport.  We spend about 5 days there and then we fly home.  Guangzhou is about a 60 minute airplane ride from Nanning and it is where every family must go to finalize the adoption on the US side of things.  So, there will be a lot of other adoptive families there as well and I have heard there is a lot of fun stuff for kids to do.  I am looking forward to something different-we are getting sick of the restaurants around our hotel that we have eaten at over and over again. 
Thanks for following along on our journey and keep the comments coming-we appreciate all the encouragement!

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  1. It is so fn to see the progression in these pictures from day to day! you can tell she is more comfortable and happy. What a sweet smile she has. I'm praying that you all get a good nights sleep.

    Love you

  2. John and Desiray,

    Thanks for sharing all this. This is so exciting to watch. I know this is something you have dreamed of for a very long time. Desiray, the picture of you first meeting Liliya made me cry. What beautiful moment!

    lots of love,

  3. Wow! It's incredible just to see pictures! I'm so excited for you and your family! All your kids are beautiful and Lilyia just looks like she belongs to you! :)


  4. I love the pictures of Parker and Lilyia together...looks like they will be quite the dynamic duo! So cute.
    Praying that the rest of your trip will go smoothly!

  5. Hi Christen Family,
    We're praying for your time in China; and by the looks of it, God is definatly giving everyone big time mercy, grace, peace and love.
    we can't wait to see you all again
    the hayes'

  6. We have enjoyed reading your blog so much!! We are SO incredibly happy for you all! You guys are so awesome, so beautiful, she fits so perfectly into your family ;) Cant wait to see what God has in store for the SIX of you and to meet Lilyia!!

    All our love!
    The Virginia Rowenhorsts

  7. We love reading about your experience and especially like the pictures of Parker w/Lilyia!
    We look forward to getting travel advice after you get settled a bit.
    Blessings to you all1
    Stephanie and Stan Harding