Saturday, January 3, 2009


Thank you so much for all of your comments. It is so touching to hear how many people are following our journey. We will post more tonight with pictures. We just wanted to let everyone know that Bob met us at the hotel at 6:30 pm yesterday. He came back from visiting the Great Wall and said it was absolutely breathtaking. He is loving China. He visited the Forbidden City this morning while we had orientation. After orientation we visited the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square. Both were so fascinating caputuring the history and beauty of China. Walking through the park of the Temple of Heavan you can see the locals dancing, playing music, singing and truly enjoying life. We Americans really need to slow down and enjoy our lives and our culture like the Chinese citizens do. They take great pride in China.
We received an update on Halainah. She weighs 22 pounds now. That is a 7 pound weight gain. We were not expecting that but still think that the 12 month clothes will fit. We will post more tonight about everything that has happened. We are having a blast and China is amazing. Tomorrow is Gotcha Day!!


Christy Hardwick said...

YAY! We are so excited to hear about Halainah meeting her forever family! And so looking forward to those pictures! Hope you have a wonderful trip and take LOADS of pictures. Take it all in! We miss China so much now we are home. Enjoy it!
Blessing and love,
Christy Eric Lily Grayson and Marley. XO

Anonymous said...

As soon as I get up I immediately turn on the computer to see if you have posted. I am so happy for you and Anthony but I miss you both already. Can't wait to see pictures. I cannot believe Halainah gained that much weight. God bless her. He is keeping her healthy and strong. Looking so forward to gotcha day. Talk to you soon.
All my love and prayers,

Anonymous said...

This blog is fantastic!!! It's so exciting to check in and not only know that you are all safe, but that you are enjoying yourselves and that very very very soon you will have your daughter!!!! How special that she will always know that not only her parents came to bring her home, but her Uncle came all the way to China too!!! A 7 lb weight gain is incredible! Can't wait to see the photos of your family together at last!!!! You are sooo fortunate to have sooo many prayer warriors (especially Tony's MOM)!!! Have a great day!!! Savor every moment~!!!

Aunt Ann

Anonymous said...

Wow - Sounds as though Halainah is a healthy little girl! We are waiting anxiously for photos, and most of all having all you guys home safely.

Enjoy every moment of this wonderful experience and blessing -Our prayers continue.

Love you guys!

Dad & Joyce

A little piece of 7th heaven said...

Hi Tony and Dee,
Again, I was so happy to see another update. I am so glad you guys are having a great time. I can not wait to see the pictures you all have taken. I am so happy to hear Halainah is doing so good. Your beautiful healthy munchkin will be in your FOREVER arms SOON. Enjoy yourselves! We miss you....
eagerly wating another update + pics..
Hugs and Kisses....
Annmarie and the Entire GANG

Natalie said...

It sounds like everything is going beautifully, and I am so happy to hear it. Halainah is doing great! Lauren was about 17 lbs. at 12 months, and has always been on the petite side, so that's super. Please let me know if there is anything you need in the clothing department for her because I have so many things that Lauren was never even able to wear because of her size. I've stored so many things away with tears in my eyes, I kid you not! Anyway, I'd love for someone special to be able to use them. Like everyone else, I am SO anxious to see some pictures! Will be checking back often! Love to you all from our family!

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with all the comments on checking the blog first thing everyday we are so excited to see what is happening in your day there. It sounds like halainah is doing really well God certainly has put His arms around her so that she can come home with her parents we are praying for you everyday and we love you.we can not wait to meet Halainah. God Bless
Lee Jenine Livi Bella and Emma

The Godparents said...

We are so excited for you, today is going to be such a special day...I can't even imagine how nervous and excited you both are...your special girl awaits you! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, we love and miss you lots! Say hi to Bobbie for us!
love, Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Mario

Anonymous said...

Everyday when I open this blog to check in i get goose bumps all over knowing the joy you are feeling right now. we miss you here and can not wait to see you when you get back.
PS the tubby time song is a hit with every kid and is sure to get them on board with baths in no time. Ask me about it when you get back. Love you guys!!!