Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sunday 21st- 14 degrees!

I will start by saying IT IS 14 DEGREES TODAY!!! I don't think I have ever been so cold! We started the day by going to a church service. Sherry, our guide, told us that China is more open to real church service now. She said one can choose what religion they want to participate in, but you cannot "push" someone to join your religion. That is when you get into big trouble. How very sad! The main religion in China is still buddism. I cannot imagine worshipping a golden fat man with a huge belly and goofy grin on his face when he is just a dead, false god. I'm so glad we serve the one true living God! The service was very good, but it's not TBC!!! I missed our church today, and I missed my kiddos in Jr. Church.

We then went to a restaurant. Unfortunately, Mom, it wasn't Carambas. Guess what we ate? You guessed it-----MORE CHINESE FOOD!!!!! We are very tired of chinese food! You are right, Karen, we are real ready for taters! Supposedly, when we get down to Guangzhou, there is ton of American food, even McDonald's right by the hotel!! YIPPEE!!

We went to the Great Wall. I wished it hadn't been 14 degrees. It was really fasinating, but so cold. We didn't walk very far up. Termite's mustache had icicles and I'm not joking! He said he wasn't going to shave it, he could just break it off! You could have guessed who made it the very fartherest in our family. Yep, Tessa. She made it to the third level. She really wanted to go to the top which is five levels, but it was just too cold. If it had been warmer, we all would have walked farther than we did. BBBRRRRRRR..... I'm so glad we decided to bring big coats.

Well, tomorrow is the big day! The day I have longed for, the day I have dreamed about for three plus years. I'm so nervous! I feel so unprepared. It's been 14 1/2 years since I've had a little one. I cannot even begin to tell you the emotions that I am consumed with. The love I have for this child is indescribable. Only God can give you the love for a little boy, who lives clear across on the other side of the world, who you've never met, and who did not grow under your heart, but in it. I love him so much and I can't wait to shower him with that love. I thank you Lord for choosing me to be the mother of this child, but I ask for your help so that we might raise him according to your will. May he one day come to know you as his personal Lord and Savior!
Please pray for a smooth transition for Toryn. It will be a rough day for him. We are taking him away from all he knows. Please pray that we will be prepared for him also.

Our love to you all,

This was not a "staged" picture. Treagan really had this disgusting look on his face when he saw the soup. It looked like slimmy boogers and little brains floating around! It was left untouched! (We don't order, they order for us!)

Tessa has gotten down how to use the chopsticks.

The frozen Kendrick's on the Great Wall.

The Squatty Potty! Disgusting!


Grandma Wilma said...

I am so jealous--you having all that fine cuisine food,while all I've had is Carumba's, Henry's, Brenda's and Red Lobster.(blah!) Guess I'll be going on Payton's fruit diet today,that is,if I find the apple pie recipe.Go get that boy & come on home Now!Cristi is worried about ya) Love ya all, MOM

vickie matthews said...

Hi-it is 10:50am on sunday and wanted to let you know I am thinking and praying for all of you. I have constant tears in my eyes every time I think of you finally holding Toryn tomorrow. Hang in there w/the food thing and gets lots of rest. love ya'l lots vickie
p.s. please get me a copy of paytons fruit diet your mom mentioned that allows apple pie because i think i can follow that pretty well(lol)

j4lingnau said...

Hi! We have been trying to leave comments but are having a hard time. I think I have figured it out. We are praying for you!!! Can't wait to hear all your stories and of course meet Toryn.

Poor Treagon, eating slimey boogers! Today we ate Chinese food for lunch and thought about you the whole time. Hugs and Love to you all! Angela

Shawna Dobbs said...

Brrrrrr....Thought about you all when it was so cold here today. It ws so hot when we were at the Great Wall in July- I can't imagine it being that cold. I can't wait to get up in the morning and read about Gotcha Day. I hope that sweet little boy welcomes all of that love. I will keep an easy transition in my prayers. Happy travels- there should be at least a KFC in your province. Even the middle of nowhere where we were had one. We broke down and ate there once.

charlotte said...

You all look so cold. Is there not a Mcdonalds there? We all missed you in Junior Church today. We are praying for you. One day when Toryn is older he will realize how really blessed he is to have such an awesome Christian family.

Gramma Sandy said...

Can't wait fr the update for Gotcha Day...prayed it would go well. Treagan! Copeland sends you a cyberhug..said he was sorry that you got THAT soup. We are all so excited...... Love and Prayers.

Gramma Sandy

Sharon said...

So right now it is late Monday night, your first night as a family of 5. Praying for peace for Toryn as he sleeps. I know you will all stand over him and watch him as he sleeps away....we did!!! Can't wait to see pictures!!!

Cristi said...

Ok it is Monday 9:45am our time...Waiting for a comment...
Starting to freak

j4lingnau said...

Waiting patiently (okay impatientyly)....can't wait to hear from you. I know you are totally enjoying your first moments and days with Toryn. Praying it is a smooth transition and the God will be with you to help you get through these first days!!! Love you, James and Angela

Debbie Wylie said...

We best be hearing from yall soon!!!!! we are all so excited about yalls adventures. You talking about how tired of Chinese food made me crave it today. Hope Toryn is good. and having some peace with his new situation. He will soon. cant wait to hear from yall soon. Deb

Lisa said...

I have check this so often, I don't even have to "tell" my computer what to do, it just goes here on it's own!
I can't wait to see pictures!!!! I have been praying for a smooth transition and the sweetest sleep ever! What a happy day for the Kendrick family!!! Love Y'all! Lisa

codychristinb said...

Hey Guys! We can't wait to see pictures from Gotcha day! We are so excited! We are still praying for a terrific trip & a good meeting!
Love, Cody & Christin

vickie matthews said...

Hi Kendricks family--we have been waiting impaitently for pics of gotcha day. I am praying the day had gone smoothly and for constant peace and comfort for the transitioning. We love and miss you. Love ya'll lots Vickie

Cheryl said...

Hi Traci,
I have been praying for the moment you meet your precious one. I look forward to the pictures when they are posted. May God bless you and your family!
Blessings,Cheryl Miller