Friday, January 29, 2010

We Have Arrived In Beijing!!!!

We arrived right on schedule this afternoon at 4:31pm in Beijing
We are thankful that the flight is over.  It was very easy getting through customs and immigration and we walked through the thermal scanners without a problem.
The ride to the hotel was quite fascinating!  6 lanes of traffic without really having any lanes!  And it appears that red lights are optional!!!
Tomorrow morning we meet with our guide at 9:00am to visit the Great Wall!  We are hoping to tour with the other WACAP family that is staying in the same hotel.  They are a deaf family that is adopting their daughter who is also deaf.  I guess I will be brushing up on my skills tonight!
We are unable to view our blog, so we hope that it all turns out ok.  We do not have any pictures yet to post.
I forgot to mention that when we were able to get out of our seats on the plane and stand for about 30 minutes we were able to view Siberia!  It was breathtaking!
Sydney and Jadon, we love you and miss you!  Mommy and Daddy are safe!!  Do a great job in school today and Jadon, good luck at your soccer tournament!  Put the moves on them!!!
When we got on the plane this morning, Kurt surprised me with a 10 year anniversary card.  Our anniversary was Dec.  When we were first married, we dreamed of going to Alaska for our 10 Year Anniversary.  Before we decided to adopt, we decided to go to Charleston and just do something small.  But when we began the adoption process we joked that we would be going to China instead!!!!  (And be having another baby!!!)  He then surprised me with a necklace that I had been looking at for a year!  I had wanted it so that I could wear it on Gotcha Day for Jackson!  It has his photo on it!  I was stunned!!!!  Kurt is going to take a picture and try to post it!  I must apologize for the way I look!!!  We just got in from the airport and wanted to see if we could blog!!!!
Thank you for your prayers!!  We have felt God's blessing and covering on us throughout the trip.
We are going to head down to the lobby and take a few pictures and see what is here.
Blessings!  Stacy


Anonymous said...

So glad you are there! Kurt gets huge brownie points! So sweet. I love the necklace! Enjoy the Great Wall and other sites. We're praying for you and can't wait to see that precious gift from God in your arms!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Can't believe you are there. The necklace is beautiful and so are you! We are praying for perfect everything for you and Kurt. Make us proud using your signing skills - who knew it was for such a time as this. Can't wait to see more pictures. Love you, Mom & Dad

Oma said...

Good morning you two! Hope you had a wonderful night's sleep. Dad is doing fine after his morning treatment at the hospital and we just stepped in from therapy. Getting something to eat and then we are calling the kids. Praying for decent weather and ease in everything you do today. We will work on Skipe tonight with Sue-z. I don't want to miss the '...very first time ever I saw your face" with little Jackson. Can't wait to kiss his sweet cheeks! Praying for God to give him a little case of memory loss in the days to come and to prepare his little heart for mommy and daddy. Remember to prayer walk for the people of China as you sight see. I am praying with you. Love you both, Mom and Dad

valerie-manning said...

Great to hear that you made it there safely and with no problems. Our prayers are with you both. Can't wait to see your new blessing. May the Lord continue to bless and keep you each day.

BarbK said...

Awesome necklace! So excited for you guys and can't wait to see more pictures. Praying for you guys and for Jackson.

Anonymous said...

My heart is overflowing with joy for you and your family!

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Swartlander-
CONGRATULATIONS! We are all so happy for you. Your baby is adorable. We miss you and we hope you have a safe trip!
Your Class

PS Everyone is doing great! We are having a great time and working very hard! You have a wonderful class!