Sunday, October 19, 2014

Shanghai Day 2-The Day Before Brody

Vivianna and Steven left this morning for home so we decided to check out some places around Shanghai that they recommended to us. Our first stop was the Pearl TV Tower. The tower is 1,500 feet tall, one of the tallest buildings in the city.

The view of the city is amazing at 750 feet.

There's an additional transparent sightseeing platform that literally suspends you above the city. The kiddos enjoyed the view above the streets and river. I was a little less thrilled about being so far up without a "solid" floor.

After the Pearl Tower, we ate lunch at a Korean/Chinese restaurant. The rice was great and Maeli liked the noodle bowl.

We stumbled upon a 10 story mall that also happened to have a huge arcade. It is a great break from walking and the kids enjoyed the games.

The malls here have displays that are really interesting.

We finished the day wondering about the pearl and goods market off the Shanghai Science and Technology Subway (we survived the subway alone!) stop. It's fun to look around there and also to negotiate prices with the shop owners. We picked up a few souvenirs and headed to a well known park area to find dinner. After dinner we went to the supermarket for a few items. Once back in the room we had a great time talking, laughing, and spending the last few hours as a family of 5.

It's simply impossible to accurately describe my emotions tonight. I can't help but wonder about him... I pray his heart will be easily opened to us. I know he's had to protect it. He's learned that he's the only person he can trust. We know it will take time to build that trust with him. My heart hurts for the time I've lost with him, the time he's waited... And then I'm reminded that timing is everything... God makes all things work for the good of those who are called according to his purpose. He's been working long before we committed to be Brody's parents that this day would come. I have to trust that He will guide and lead us. Does that mean his journey will be easy? I don't think so. In many ways over the past few months, my faith has been tested... But one thing that has remained the same is God's faithfulness in our process to bring Brody home. 6 months ago, we followed a call and God has been in the details to bring him home God speed. Please, please pray for Brody tonight. At 9 pm CST (Sunday), Brody will see his forever Baba and Mama for the first time face to face. The courage and bravery that it will take for him to walk away from everything he has known the past 8 years into a family, is incomprehensible to me. So I ask that as we celebrate being a forever family, that we remember the loss and pain that came with that new chapter and I ask you to cover him in prayer that God, who can do more than we can imagine would give Brody comfort and courage to let us into his heart.


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