Saturday, March 08, 2008

Day 1 - Guangzhou and Nanchang - 03-07 to 03-08

Well it’s been a long ride but a good one. 30 + hours and I finally made it to CHINA!!! I arrived a little earlier than expected. I was pleasantly surprised by meeting a couple in my travel group on the flight in from Tokyo. The Maki’s are a wonderful couple and I look forward to getting to know them better next week when I return to Guangzhou for the last leg of the journey. There was also news from another travel family; the Strouts were delayed in Texas due to the snow storm. They were not sure if they would be able to catch a flight to China until late next week but was successful in getting a flight here late Sunday/Monday.
I was able to settle into the Novotel Hotel and make some quick calls home before going to bed. I did not get much sleep, I think I was worried about missing my flight to Nanchang this morning. The hotel was wonderful and I seem to be the main attraction at the breakfast buffet. I was thinking that I might have had something on my face or shirt by the looks of it. If I could only read adult minds. ?Hmmmmm? The airports are ran much differently here. I had to get my ticket one place, check my oversized/weighted luggage one place, pay for the overweight luggage another place and then run back to get my ticket after paying for the overage. It seems like I have lost weight after all that!
I should arrive in Nanchang around 2 A.M. Georgia time and settle in. I feel a Wal-Mart run in my near future before settling in early for a Great Day tomorrow (GOTCHA DAY) .
I still have no clue when Olivia will arrive tomorrow and not real sure about where. We met the officials from the orphanage in 2005 at the hotel but we could meet them at the Provincial Capital. As soon as I find out I will post the new schedule.
I sure do miss everyone at home. I spoke with Roy this morning and it seems my little man has missed me the most so far (not Roy, but Kolbe). I’m considering changing his name to “Dennis the Menace”. He gave Ms. Cathy a run for her money Friday after school. Roy was pretty upset after hearing how he was. I told him to love my little man and he will be better in a few days. Gage did well at Lisa’s yesterday and Katie is just Katie. You can take her anywhere and she adapts.

I would really like to thank Cathy and Lisa for taking the steps in caring for my babies while Roy is working this week and next. THANK YOU!!!! Thanks Cathy for helping me update my blog. I have been having trouble getting online to update my blog so Ms. Cathy you might need to copy and paste my postings with pics I send you. Your and Angel!!!! Lisa you are one brave woman to take care of my kids with the house up for sale. I have such wonderful friends my eyes are filled with tears as I write this. My family, friends and the church has been so good to me. I am truly blessed in many ways.

Jennifer (last day as a mommy to 3!)