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God's Plan For Us

This is our journey - God's incredible plan for our lives. When we followed the moving of the Holy Spirit, He opened the windows of Heaven and poured out upon us blessings we never dreamed of! Indescribable joy!

" For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Guangzhou- Medical Exam Day

Last night we checked into the hotel, unpacked, and headed to a nearby 7-11 (yes, no kidding!) to pick up some ramens, bread, and drinks. Located right outside the hotel, it's very convenient for picking up basic supplies. After talking with Virgil and the girls, we headed on to bed. About 2:00 am I woke up to the sound of crying. Emma was upset, and it took a while to get her calmed down and back to sleep. The night before, she had also gotten upset, and it took about 2 hours to get her calmed down. Even though adoption is a beautiful thing, it is born from grief. Sorrow at being abandoned when they are small, and then sorrow at leaving all that is familiar to them. From what I can tell, Emma was well cared for, and for a while that will make things harder for her. In the long run however, it will be better because she won't have to deal with the memory of abuse that some children go through.
Imagine how hard it would be to be uprooted from your friends and caretakers, language, culture, food, sights and smells. Now imagine you were a child. So very scary.


This morning she was fine, though we had the same distancing herself from us when the guide is with us. I wasn't sure how the medical exam would go, but she bounced her way right through the exams and shots. They did a blood draw as well to check for TB. Prayers please that the TB comes back negative. If she tests positive, they will do a chest x-ray. If that shows TB, she will not be allowed to leave China until she is treated, which will take a while. I always breath a sigh of relief when we get the results back. We will find out the test results Monday afternoon.
Going to the medical exam building is always a pleasure for me because we meet so many other families who are also adopting. As I've mentioned on other trips, I'd love to collect all their stories and share them in a book. Each family is so unique. It was a double pleasure to go today because we were able to see a friend of ours who works with an adoption agency here in Guangzhou. We first met John when we came in 2011 to adopt Xiaoyun and Enya. He was our guide then, and also when we adopted Nini, Ximi, Erin and Meimei. He's like family now, and has kept up with us through the years. He hasn't seen Enya since 2011, so it was nice to reintroduce her to him.
One thing about staying at the China Hotel is that breakfast means you're bound to sit near other adopting families. This morning as we sat down to eat, we started talking to the family beside us. Usually I ask three questions- Where are you from? Where is your child from? How's it going?
I was delighted to hear they are also from Kentucky (Frankfort) - just an hour and half from our house. As we're talking, another family sitting opposite of them tell us they are from Louisville!!! Just down the road from us. What are the odds? I look forward to getting to know them more in the days to come.
After the medical, we went to Walmart to stock up for the week. The girls both picked out junk food to go with their super nutritious ;-) ramen noodle, and we headed back to the room. Emma was tired from the night before (I think she's also getting a cold) and she and I both rested for awhile and Enya played on the computer. Enya continues to keep a great attitude and goes with the flow.
Tonight John took us to a restaurant that is barely larger than some people's walk in closets. The girls had dumplings, and I had noodles that (I think) had some type of pork sauce. Emma ate a good amount, but is subdued still. I think partly from the shots, but also it is starting to be a pattern that as bedtime approaches she struggles. Please continue to keep her in your prayers!

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