Cake Echo gave us (from Maimie) on Valentine's Day right before her US Consulate Appointment
We're home and doing well. Sorry to wait so long to post. We came dangerously close to missing the Hong Kong to Chicago flight, had to be split up for that 14 hour trip, and I sat next to a young guy ( early 20s?) who wouldn't make eye contact who must have been lamenting his luck at being stuck by Maimie and me. The flight was sleepless and uneventful except for Maimie knocking a bowl of warm noodle soup all over Mikaela's lap with about 10 hours left to fly and no change of clothes in the carryons. Upon arriving in Chicago, we had to wait in an immigration line, look for our luggage (2 of 4 pieces were missing), and wait in another immigration and a customs line. By the time we found the United counter, we had 30 minutes to catch our flight to Peoria. We were told there was no way we could make it. OK, I broke down and cried then went off on the women a little. There were no flights available the rest of the day, so we had to finally rent a car to drive home. We had no sleep, no food ( who could stomach the plane food), a Taurus (for 6 people, a laptop, 4 backpacks, and a trunk of suitcases and a stroller!!!), and no carseat. The traffic was so bad, it took us nearly 5 hours to drive home from Chicago (normally a 3 hour drive). I'm really not complaining, though. Honestly, that was really the only difficulty we even had on the whole trip.
We are glad to be home, but miss China so much. It was truly an amazing place to be and so dear to us as the place we met our daughter. We feel so blessed by this experience and humbled that God chose us to be Maimie's parents.