We're packing up and getting ready to head to the airport for our flight to Nanjing. We have really enjoyed our visit here in Beijing but we're all ready to move on to the real purpose of our trip. In two days we will have our daughter"! It's funny - without fail, when we tell a Chinese person that we're here to adopt, they say "why? You already have two daughters!" I tell them that we have enough love in our family to share with another child, and God led us to this child in China.
We've only been here a few days, and we still have so many more days ahead of us. We're tired, and traveling in a foreign country is hard despite the fancy hotels. I keep thinking of the verse "Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.".
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart (Hebrews 12:1-3, NIV).