Tuesday, April 18, 2006


Today, Tuesday, April 18, around 2:30 pm, Ning Kang Ping...otherwise known as Lily...was placed into my arms at the Gloria Plaza Hotel in Nanchang. It was a whirlwind day. A half hour after we arrived at the hotel from the airport, we received our daughters. Lily screamed as I received her, and continued to cry a mournful cry for quite a while afterwards. But after a nap and some rice cereal, she warmed up to Jan and I a bit. She is still a confused little baby, but she is making eye contact with us and grabbing for toys and snacks that we give to her. The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent with our babies and filling out more paperwork. The good thing about that is that tomorrow will be a less hectic day and we can focus on our babies and getting to know them.

Two more things before I sign out...

1) I changed my first diaper ever today! And it reeked! But I didn't gag. That was a big step for me. Jan was right there beside me coaching me along the way.

2) I will be able to post pictures here in Nanchang. The business center at the Gloria Plaza is set up so that we can upload from memory cards. So tomorrow when I have a bit more time, I will post some pictures for you.

I can't wait for you all to see her. You will recognize those big, bright, beautiful eyes as soon as you see her. And I can't wait to get home for her to meet her mommy, too. I love you, Julie.


Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord! God is so good!!! Tears of joy here in Montana and I can't wait for all of us to have the opportunity to get to know our new family member -- she is already such a special girl in our hearts, and we know how special she is to our Heavenly Father -- more than we can comprehend. All our love, thoughts and prayers are with you for your safe travel and new adventures!


Anonymous said...

Amen in Illinois!

cousin Peter

Olivier said...

Congratulations! We're looking forward to seeing some pictures in the next few days. :-)
I'm sure it's not related, but Hu Jintao is in the Seattle area today and tomorrow while you are over there. Strange... ;-)

Anonymous said...

Wow!!!! Cool!!!!! Great!!!!!!Awesome!!!!!! Wonderful!!!!!!!
Just keep those toys & snacks comin' dad!! You're doin' great!!!
"Ping" to you, momma.
Tears of joy in Puyallup, too.

Sara C.

Lisa Curtis said...

God has truly blessed you and Julie. I am sure Lily Ping Onken will enjoy growing up in you home. Pastor you enjoy playing with and caring for Lily, but don't take too long getting home. I'm sure Julie is having a hard time waiting to play with and care for Lily too. :)


RGP said...

Congratulations! We can't wait for everyone to fly home and get our chance to see & hold Lily. It is so good to know that where ever you are in the world - that babies smell the same :-). God Bless.

Anonymous said...

Congrats & Blessings from El Paso, where the sand blows and the scorpions skitter.
Rick, Linda and the tax deductions.

Anonymous said...

Wahoo!!Marie H.

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