August 10, 2009 12:45 AM
If you haven’t done so, read Jeremy’s post below.
I have so much to tell about our time in Hangzhou with Graci’s “China family,” but right now it is past midnight and we are EXHAUSTED! I will hopefully find time to share later, but for now just wanted to say that tomorrow morning, (in nine hours, to be exact) we will have our Xander!!!
It is hard to believe that this day has finally arrived. We are excited, overwhelmed, grateful. I can’t wait to share his “Gotcha Day” with you tomorrow.
Dear Graci and Jessica,
You have been such troopers! We have loved loved loved having this time with you in China. Jessica, you have been such fun, and such a treat for everyone to be around. You captured the hearts of many dear Chinese people. Graci, I am more in love with you than ever. I am so grateful for the privilege of mingling with your sweet China family. I love them, and I can see how much they love and adore you. I know it was so hard to say goodbyes, and I pray we have the opportunity to bring you back someday.
Dear Taylor and Parker,
We MISS you like CRAZY! It isn’t the same being here in China without you. We love hearing updates from Grandma and are so glad you are having such fun. We can’t wait to see you again—we love you.
Your giggles on the phone tonight made our day! We are so glad you have been such a good little girl. We know you are in PERFECT hands. We miss your hugs and smile and cute little voice. Can’t wait to hold you!
And Dearest Xander,
Tomorrow morning your life will be turned upside down! How we wish you wouldn’t have to go through the sadness to find the joy. We can’t wait to get to know everything about you, but we feel we already know your sweet spirit. It has permeated our home since the day we laid eyes on your handsome little face. We are praying mightily that you will be comforted in the upcoming days as you adjust to a new way of life. We are praying that you will have the gift of tongues, and be able to learn English quickly. We hope that you will somehow know that we are yours, and you are ours. We are privileged to have you join our eternal family. In it, you will always find unconditional love and acceptance. We can’t wait to teach you about our Father in Heaven and His perfect love for you. We know He has been watching over you when we could not, and we are so grateful He has placed you in our lives. Sleep well, little one—your last night alone. We love love love love love you!
Mom and Dad