Today we leave Beijing and head to Zhengzhou. Our son will be there tomorrow to meet us! The fact that we are this close is at once exciting and terrifying. We have enjoyed these days in Beijing and think it is genius of our adoption agency to plan these extra 2 days. We finally feel better and are not as exhausted and overwhelmed by the new sights, smells, and food. The past two days have been full of amazing sights, but the push is definitely for tomorrow. Looking at our family pictures in these past 2 days just reminds us that someone’s missing! It’s time to get him.
We have been enjoying getting to know the other families in our travel group. Yesterday while hiking the Great Wall, we were sharing how God has provided for our adoptions…it is simply beyond what I can describe. We are all here, welcoming our new children, and each and every one of us is surrounded by beautiful communities who have prayed and sacrificed for these children, too.
Tomorrow the beautiful, hard, worth-it work starts! Thank you is not enough, but I still say it…thank you, for your love and prayers and gifts and excitement! We will post an update as soon as we are able either tomorrow or the next day, depending on how Rowan is doing! We love you all!
Pete and I in front of the entrance to the Forbidden City. And a picture of people taking pictures of our girls…they are quite the attraction.
The girls have made friends with some other sweet girls in our group! Again, super thankful to have such a great group!
A rickshaw tour and another shot of enjoying the Forbidden City!
Kylah helping decide what we should set aside and pack!
We received travel approval and have our consulate appointment all lined up! Drum roll please….we leave August 23rd! All those prayers prayed, by us, by you! Thank you! God truly could not have worked out the timing any better and we are just so thankful! Rowan Hao becomes a Johnson on August 28th!!!
In other news, we do have some more prayer requests for the adoption. There have been some procedure changes in the last month for expats (we just love last minute changes! I mean, life would be boring with no visa drama, ha!), and we found out this week that they will impact us! So, we could again use your prayers, that God would move mountains of paperwork and now give us favor in the eyes of our own government. I will keep you updated on the prayer requests, for now, we are rejoicing in the answered prayer for timing, for God’s provision, and for one less little boy waiting for a family!
This week when I was stressing about the immigration changes, one of our interns wrote Pete and me a note that reminded me of something we are teaching the interns and that we still need to learn…one of the things she said was this: “Thank you for showing and teaching us how to love and see God in the difficult things we do.” Sometimes God calls us to difficult things, but He is there with us in it! Adoption, the Ranch ministry, life here, so much…but difficult doesn’t mean we should not do something! And difficult can be full of joy and peace, if we choose to present all our requests to God with thanksgiving!