Friday, January 2, 2009


We are finally here. We had a very smooth takeoff, flight and landing. We couldn't have asked for a better ride especially with my anxiety about flying. Unfortunately without bad luck we would have no luck at all. Tony's seat on the plane did not recline. Can you imagine sitting in an upright position for 14 hours? Yup, not fun at all. And he didn't want to switch with me because he loves me and I was more comfortable with the extra space by the window. Than the TV's didn't work for over an hour and than Tony's earphones broke. Other than those few bumps we made it to China to Beijing. The weather here is not nearly as cold as the morning of our flight out of Newark, but none the less still cold. There's a lot of smog because of the pollution but through all the smog you can still see the beauty of China. The mountain range views that we were fortunate to see through our cabin window were absolutely breathe taking. We are very tired as we lost an entire day and it was difficult to sleep on the plane. But we are going to head for some authentic Chinese food in a few minutes and than we are off to bed. We have an early day tomorrow as it's orientation day and we will have a half day of touring. So by the grace of God we are here in China and well and we will update this blog daily. We may experience some difficulty in uploading pictures because internet is expensive in our room. We are currently blogging for free from the lobby. But be patient, we will find a way to upload pictures. So over and out for now. Thanks for your prayers for our safe flight.

Love to all,

still a family of 2 but not for long


Anonymous said...

I'm so excited for you guys and so relieved to hear that you are there!! Everything we did yesterday, I'd say to Uncle Klaus, Deanna and Tony are still on the plane!!! We kept flashing back to our longest flight, the one to Hawaii. Not sure when you get together with Bob. I can't even imagine how excited you both must be. What a wonderful journey!!! Stand in the grace of God and savor each moment....can't wait to hear more!!! Love you guys, Aunt Ann

Anonymous said...

So glad you guys arrived. Glad you had a good flight....for the most part. I Can't wait to see pictures.
Love Ya.
A. Deb

Anonymous said...

I am so happy to know you both arrived safely in China. Needless to say I spent the day praying and watching the clock. I said many rosaries for Deanna b/c I wanted her to feel the peace of Jesus. All those little things that went wrong are only testings that you offer up to the Lord. Counting the days till you arrive home with Halainah Grace. Can't wait to smother her with kisses. I will keep you in my prayers. May the angels surround and protect you with their invisible wall of protection.
God be with you.
Love you much,

Natalie said...

AHHHHH!!! This is so exciting! I am so happy I got to know Tony and am able to share this beautiful experience with you both. I'm glad you had a safe trip and am ever so anxious to hear the wonderful news of your union with Halainah and see the 3 of you finally together. I just don't have the words for how I'm feeling right now. I want to hug you guys! ;) Have a safe and memorable trip and God bless!

Amy said...

So glad you are in Beijing, Have fun! Next stop Nanchang. We stayed at the Gloria in Nanchang and internet was free in the rooms.

A little piece of 7th heaven said...

So Happy you guys arrived safely..I could not wait to see an update from you guys..Live in the moment and ENJOY..Take lots of pics..and I eagerly await your next posting..Send my love to my neice...(and your brother)
We love you all..

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that you both did ok on the flight! Hard part is come the fun! What time did you meet up with Robert?

Anonymous said...

So wonderful to know you guys are safe and, hopefully rested by now.

We love you, miss you and will continue to pray for a smooth process in gaining access to your precious daughter, and a safe return home.

Hope you have caught up with Bobby by now - tell him hello, we love him & be safe.

Dad & Joyce

The Godparents said...

Was happy to hear that the flight was smooth, was worried about you both. Uncle Mario and I are thinking about you, we love you much and can't wait for all three of you to be home. Enjoy this time together, this experience is a once in a have waited so long and your time has finally come... give Halainah a big hug (a christopher hug) and lots of kisses from both of us!

Angie Vinez said...

Oh, how wonderful!! I'm so glad you can post and keep us updated. I'm looking forward to that post where you tell us that you're holding your baby girl in your arms.

Many prayers coming your way and continued blessings!

Anonymous said...

Deanna and Tony, we have been so blessed following this journey with you and seeing how God is working in your lives. We shared your story in our Bible study group tonight and I am sending the blog to them to see. Everyone was so excited to hear about your beautiful lives. I sent a message last week, but see it didn't go through, so hopefully you will get this one.
Love, Cheryl and Dan Anderson
Ft. Collins, CO Crystal's Mom