Day 3 – We made it to Taiyuan!

Ok, first, my rant……

Cigarette smoking is perfectly acceptable in our hotel!!  Yuck!

We are on the no smoking floor!  Out of 17 floors, only 1 is no smoking!!

Yet, when you get off the elevator, there is a sand pit thing for cigarettes!!

Yes, Taylor has his inhaler and every other medicine known to man as well as the rest of us!!  🙂

Second, our hotel is lovely!!  (Other than the smoke!!)

One hotel employee speaks pretty decent English!  I’ve run her ragged so far!!

On the 6th floor is the spa area……wonderful!!

I checked, a massage is about 68 yuan..that would be just a little over $10!!

Kennedy was ready right then to get one!!  She may be just a little spoiled when we get back!!

I asked, but they do not do pedicures!!  🙁

We all ate at McDonald’s (I know, adventurous) for $12!  Crazy. Cheap!!

BTW, I have pics from McD’s if you want!!  Just don’t have my camera in the lobby with me!!

We will do more Chinese food, but we have to wait for our guide and she is busy this afternoon picking up our friends Hugh and Vicki Keller!!  They will be here soon!  Actually, I’ve never met them personally, but through the power of FB, I have many, many friends!!

Well, this is the information you are all waiting for……Gotcha Day!

It’s tomorrow…….tomorrow morning.

We are supposed to be in the lobby at 9 am our time/9 pm Indiana time.

So that means for those of you following our blog, tonight, Sunday night, at 9 pm, we will meet our guide to go get our daughter!  Our appointment is probably for 10 or 10:30.  I was told it will take 20 minutes to get to the Civil Affairs office.  We will sign paperwork and make sure everything is in order.

I’m nervous, excited, nervous, happy, nervous, and thankful!

See a theme?

This is the day I’ve waited for for almost 2 years!  Why am I nervous?

Maybe it’s not so much nerves, but a broken heart for my daughter who is about to lose everything she knows.

That is devastating enough……then……..she gets handed to 4 complete strangers and told this is your Mama, Baba, Jie Jie (sister), and Ge Ge (brother).

Can you imagine her thoughts?

Um…..hello…..these people do not look like me!!  How can they be my family?

I’ve prayed for this moment for over 7 months now……ever since I saw her precious face.

We sent her a care package back in January…..I really don’t know if she ever got it.

In it was a photo album of us, her family.

If she did indeed get this care package, then maybe foster grandma has been talking to her about Mama, Baba, Ge Ge, and Jie Jie…..and showing her our pictures.

That has been my prayer, for over 7 months.


If Grandma has not spoken with my daughter about us, I believe my God has……

I believe He has whispered into the depths of her heart about her family.  Her forever family.

I believe He has gone before us and prepared the way.

I have to……I have to believe this.

As we landed this morning in Taiyuan, my ever so patient husband reminded me of this.

That God has called us and that He and only He will equip us.

We’ve done our part….we’ve done all we can.  Now we trust.

That is hard for me.  I believe that is hard for most of us.

So my prayer is this…..God, give me the faith to believe that You will do what You’ve promised You will do.

Prepare my daughter’s heart for the grief it’s about to endure, but prepare it for the love it’s going to receive.

Prepare me for the rejection I may receive from her……prepare my family for the rejection they may receive.

Prepare us for the attachment that will happen.

Pray……I covet your prayers!!


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11 Responses
  1. Shawnee says:

    Your post tugged at my heart this morning Heidi. It’s my Austin’s birthday and I remember feeling many of the same things that you are feeling right now, the nerves, the anticipation, the excitement of meeting this precious blessing for the very first time. Doesn’t even matter that we’ve already been through it with our older children, those feelings are still there. Your momma’s heart is strong and God given, full of love and His will, whatever comes you will handle beautifully with Him as your guide. Much love to you all, friends.

  2. Heather says:

    Wishing you all the best for your very special day tomorrow.

  3. Lori L Davis says:


    I’m reading this post this morning before Church. Which obviously makes me instantly emotional! (imagine that).. I do trust with all my heart that God is preparing her for the transition that is about to take place. I know it will have it’s rough spots, but all of you will come through with so much love in your hearts. She will have all of your love, plus she will now know and love God, the way all of you do. This will be a blessing far more than any words can describe. I can only imagine the rollercoaster of emotions all of you are having right now. Just know that you have the love and support of all your family and friends. I can feel in my heart right now all the prayers that are for your family! So now my friend, just trust in God, trust in yourself, trust in your family and friends…..Know that your family will be loved and supported by all of us through this difficult transition. Kyle just walked out of the shower…Wearing his I love adoption t-shirt…Just confirms all the support you will have. Keeping all of you in our prayers, God bless you!

    All my love,


  4. Jeannie says:

    Heidi, your words played a beautiful melody on the strings in my heart this morning. It is the melody of a tender and courageous family who are sensitive to the whispers of the Holy Spirit and having answered a call are continuing to ask for leadership and guidance from the Holy Spirit. You have put so much thought into what Mollie will be going through and have done everything in your power to prepare her but the best thing you have done is to recognize that God is truly the father to the fatherless and He has been preparing little Mollie’s heart for this. Following your journey has been such a gift to me. Mollie is a picture of all of us waiting for God’s adoption and your family is a picture of God working in the background preparing for that moment in time when we safely run to His arms and accept that gift He has so patiently prepared for us. I love you guys so much and am so proud to be your Aunt!

  5. Sherry says:

    Your nerves will be everywhere at 9:00, but for a wonderful reason!!! Gotcha Day Blog will be so exciting for us all to read ! Can’t wait:)

  6. Jennifer Pappas says:

    Reading that has done gone and messed up my make-up before church! Very touching Heidi and I know God has prepared Mollie for you all. She has been yours since she was formed in her birth mother’s womb. God made her for you. I’m so excited for you all:)

  7. Tracy Baber says:

    We will be with you in our hearts at 9:00 just remember it started with God speaking to you and he will finish it. He hasn’t left you .. He has carried you and your family to your place … And he will not let go. You and Jeremy have embedded this in all of our hearts and it is in your hearts as well. Take lots of pictures can’t wait. See you soon my friend .. All 5 of you.

  8. Jeanine Kaminski says:

    Jeremy and I are both sitting here reading this knowing how different your situation is from ours. Foster homes change everything. We are praying for your family and your precious Millie as you meet her. I will be watching for any updates and praying for God to prepare everyone’s hearts.

  9. Sarah Wright says:

    Oh Heidi!
    We are praying with you as we have through this journey up until this point. God is preparing you all and isn’t he AWESOME! I don’t have a lot of great words for you, but I just feel like it’s going to be great! She will be sad, but she knows. I know she knows! I am so looking forward to pictures of THE moment.

    Sidenote: My mom and Marty are two of the pickiest people I know and they loved all of the authentic food they had in Taiyuan!

    Blessings to all the Turners from the Wrights
    Love love

  10. Liz newell says:

    Oh my sweet friend Heidi,,,I am so excited for you and fell all your feelings with you. I have been a wreck all week just thinking of your special time of your lives there in China. Get the massage or two!! Eat all you want! Enjoy every minute! The good and sadness with all it brings. Mollie has been given her forever family…and what a wonderful family she is given. Lily has already said she cant wait to meet her new China seester!!! Love you,,,my friend,,,Liz

  11. rajeana says:

    oh my sweet sweet heidi….here i am stalking the clock….praying with one eye opened so i can see the clock…giving praise to our awesome God for this wonderful beautiful blessing that we will soon get to meet….and i decide to stalk your blog and now im in tears….swollen face…blotchy skin…runny nose…cant see thru my contacts kind of tears. your such an awesome momma! mollie is blessed to be able to call you her momma 🙂 the love you have in your heart is beautiful! heidi i know that i know that i know…everything will go beautifully. be just as confident in God as he was in choosing your family to be mollies family 🙂
    oh my goodness its 9pm here now…..go get your beautiful baby girl! we love you! i know you feel our praise all the way in china! God’s folks can be some rowdy peoples lol 🙂

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