Thursday, January 4, 2007

Last Post from China by Ashley

There's so much that fills my heart right now - where do I begin? Today we did the last bit of paperwork, so that Hannah Li can come home with us. As soon as her feet hit American soil, she'll be a U.S. citizen. Two years worth of work to get to this point, and what a payoff! Our sweet little baby has given us so much joy already, and we'll have a lifetime of love to share with her.

So much has changed and so many blessings have been showered on us since we began this journey. Jaycie has patiently endured the wait with us, praying all the while, and has now become a big sister. There will be giggles all around when Jaycie's near. After almost 8 years as a family of 3, we are now a family of four. Our family is 25% bigger, and we have double the number of children we did two weeks ago. We are now a multi-cultural family. Lee and I will someday (we hope) have grandchildren who are at least half Chinese. We will always view China in a new light.

There's so much to look forward to, and we're so ready to introduce you to the latest member of our family. I've much more to say, but it's late, and I need to help pack. Pray for us as you read this. I think our Friday will be one of the longest days ever.

Good-bye, China, homeland of our beautiful Hannah Li. USA, here we come!

P.S. We're still arriving home late Friday night (10:45 p.m.); we having to go from here to Shanghai to Washington D.C. (Dulles) to Chicago to Nashville (boo!) - that's one too many legs in a reasonable flight, but we'll just have to manage. Again, pray for us!

6 comments:

Aunt Mabel Jordan said...

Dear Lee,Ashley,Jaycie and Hannah
Your family is awaiting your arrival with love and prayers. What a blessing you are to us. Lord willing we will see you soon. Love, Aunt Mabel

Mendy Parmer said...

Ashley,
Will be praying for a smooth flight(s) home for all. I so much enjoyed your journal. See ya on the yahoo boards.
Mendy
www.celebrateadoption.com/journeytojoleigh

carla starling said...

To the Fowlkes family of four,

We are praying for a safe return to the U.S. We have enjoyed reading daily about your new experiences and the addition to your family. Take care and we will see you when you get home.

The Starlings

Anonymous said...

Ash, we can't begin to tell you how much your blog and pictures and videos have meant to us. We are so very thankful for you and your sweet family. We can't wait to hear from you and see you. We love Hannah so much. It is hard to tell you just how much. Give Jaycie a big hug and tell her she is the best Big Sister ever!!!Love MiMi and PawPaw

valerie said...

Matt and I are SO happy that your trip has been so wonderful. We have enjoyed following you on your trip. We are praying for a safe arrival to the big BG!
Can't wait to see you.
Love,
Valerie and Matt

Anonymous said...

We are so anxious for you to get home. We are praying for a safe
journey. It's been so much fun reading your journals every day and keeping up with your travesls.
Welcome home. Love, Elaine B.