Friday, July 8, 2011

Beijing in a Day

Today was about keeping busy – show us the sights of Beijing and wear us out so that hopefully we will sleep better tonight.  Task accomplished!

We took a rickshaw ride through Old Beijing this morning, ate an authentic Chinese meal (JT was a little more daring than I was), went to a real silk factory, saw Teineman Square, and walked through the Forbidden City. 

However, the highlight of the day was getting to meet the other 15 families in our group.  It was such a sweet blessing to hear about their journeys.  A few of the families in our group have been waiting since 2006!  Each story is unique and special in its own way – one family who is adopting their third child from China, another family who is adopting two little boys who are deaf, and many who are adopting for the first time.  Speaking of stories, we don’t know much about Will Hudson’s story other than he was abandoned and taken to the social city welfare institute in his area.  He’s spent a good bit of time in the hospital and has had two corrective surgeries. 

This morning we prayed with great joy as we thanked God for all the many people who are caring for orphans by the support of Will Hudson’s adoption (including those of you who are reading this blog and partnering with us in prayer).   We join with the Apostle Paul in proclaiming:
”I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Tomorrow, we go to the Great Wall.  Three days till our sweet boy is in our arms.


  1. Cool! I am so happy that u r having fun. I miss u! Will u post a picture of The Great Wall of China for me to see? Can't wait to see Will Hudson! When can u skype with us?
    Kelsey and Ella

    P.S. I wrote it!We love u!

  2. So good to see you in China. I am praying for you from Alabama.

    Gale Taylor

  3. So excited for you guys! Glad you are sharing your journey with us!

  4. i am loving these updates, what a gift to all of us who are praying you through these next weeks! cant wait for will hudson to be in your arms!!!

  5. I love reading your post! So glad that you all made it to China safely. When I was reading your post it reminded me of being in Ethiopia...all the traffic getting to our guest house, being so tired but not being able to sleep, meeting the other families! Our family is praying for you all. Can't wait to hear more and see pictures of Will Hudson. Love,Emily
    PS...Heather got the job!!

  6. Hey guys! Enjoying the updates. Praying for you and very excited about the moment you will meet your son. Jason- the India trip may have helped prepare you for the crazy travel schedule and the interesting food! Ha. Hyatt

  7. I am keeping you all in my prayers as I never cease to remember you and your family! God Bless,
    Judi Sparks

  8. So excited for you guys and loving the updates! Cannot wait to see you with Will Hudson in your arms! Praying for you!