Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Graduations, Gardens & Governments...Oh, My!

The last 24 hours have been eventful!

We ended our night, last night, by skyping in on Clay's pre-school graduation!  It was so much fun to watch him sing with his friends, and get his new big boy Bible!  The program started at midnight here in China, so I had a cup of coffee to help keep me awake, and we watched it all in our pj's.

What a precious little boy, he is!  We are so proud of him!  

This was our skype-view of the program.

Davis was having a good time showing off with his GiGi on skype.

This morning, our travel group took a trip to the Guangzhou Botanical Gardens.  It is definitely not your typical US botanical gardens experience.  There were tons of sculptures, and everything was crazy colorful!  It was really cool...however, it was NOT literally cool.  We thought we were going to die!  I promise you, it was a million degrees outside, and the humidity must have been somewhere around 300%!!!  We lasted maybe an hour before we had to seek air conditioning.  So glad we were able to experience it, though!

This picture was taken in honor of both of our boys and their favorite colors!  Clay's absolute favorite color is Orange, and he loves for you to know it!  A few weeks ago, we asked Davis what his favorite color was, and he responded, "DRAGON!"  So, there you go!

After such a hot and exhausting morning, we decided to stay in our hotel room for the remainder of the afternoon.  We had naps, played and enjoyed some fun time together.

Daddy and Eliana working on flash cards.  She is picking up on English so fast!

Eliana LOVES to color!
Clay & Davis, your sister LOVES the princess coloring book you sent her! 

We read some Bible stories together.

Eliana had her toenails painted for the first time, after her bath tonight.
So many of you have been praying for us and the situation with the US Consulate, and we thank you!  Please continue to pray.  We still have no idea when we will get to come home.  The latest news that we received today is that the US Consulate is going to be closed for the remainder of this week.  It looks like we will be celebrating Eliana's 2nd birthday here in China after all.


  1. It sounds as if you are making the best of a "not the best" situation. Many of my friends and I are praying for you!

    1. Thank you for praying for us! This is indeed a crazy situation, and we never dreamed we would get "stuck" here. We are just trying to take it one day at a time. It's so hard to be away from the boys for so long, and to have no idea when we will be back. God has this under control, though. We are trusting Him.

  2. I can't help but think of what an amazing time you'll have when you are back with your boys as one big happy family. Wonderful days are ahead, and in the meantime you are making memories with Eliana that she will never forget. I love that you were on Skype with the boys...that shows what a wonderful mother you are. I will continue to pray but as you said, God has this. Love to you all.

    1. Thank you, Karen! We appreciate the prayers, and yes, we know that God has this all in His hands! We have been very blessed to be able to skype with the boys every morning and evening while we have been away. We sure do miss their hugs and kisses, though!