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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Meeting our son

We arrived in Beijing on Friday evening after  a 12 hour flight.  The next morning we headed out with 3 other families adopting and went to see some of the sights.  We enjoyed walking through the Forbidden City.  Cole just kept saying, "Cool!" to all the amazing buildings we saw.  He loved it.

Later in the afternoon we went to the Great Wall.  Daddy and Cole climbed the steep steps to a high tower...I chickened out half-way when I turned around and saw how high I was!

On Sunday we took an hour flight to Jinan the capital city of the Shandong Province.  We arrived at our hotel and were told Quinn  would be arriving in about 30 minutes.  As we waited to check in, we realized that he was already in the lobby!  We walked over and saw him, but the nannies from the orphanage insisted we put our luggage in our room before holding him.  We raced our bags upstairs and hurried back down as fast as we could!

We all loved Quinn instantly and Cole was so excited he was finally a big brother.  He kept saying, "Is this a dream?"
Quinn is very tiny...all the clothes we brought are too big.  He is very cute and likes to make lots of cute noises.  He makes good eye contact.  He is eating well. 

Monday was a long day spent at several government offices.  The building do not all use heat, so it was rough on Cole who got very cold at times.  Cole has done an amazing job despite the many hours spent in cars and planes and all the long boring waits.  Ray and Quinn were exhausted!

Today we drove 2 hours to Quinn's orphanage.  The orphanage was nice and they provided us with a lot of photos of Quinn.   Here is Quinn's empty bed!
Here are the boys on the drive home from the orphanage to our hotel:

We are enjoying our trip and are thankful for all the prayers.  Everything has gone smoothly.  I have not had any stomach issues, but have had a bad cold the entire time.  It actually has been a blessing in that my sense of smell doesn't work! 
We also have been so blessed to travel with a couple Derrick and Jen.  Jen and I found each other online several months ago and it has been amazing to get to meet her and share our journey together.  Their son was also at Quinn's orphanage and they are together in some of the pics the orphanage gave us!  We are so thankful for having them with us!
Here are some more pics:


  1. Thank you for sharing, I teared up reading this. So happy for your family. Quinn is a blessed little guy to be entering such a loving family. Praying the remainder of your trip goes well.

  2. Thank you for updating!! He is SOOO beyond cute!! Will continue to pray for health, safety, and strength! Praise the Lord for sweet Cole's patience! :)

  3. Paw-paw and Grandmum are REJOICING and so grateful that our Savior is so faithful! We love you Ray, Deb, Cole, and Quinn!

  4. I love reading this and the pictures are awesome...lots of tears, thanks!! Quinn is just beautiful :)! So happy that Cole finally gets to be a big brother and that you're a family of four!! Continuing to pray for you guys. Thankful you've been feeling good (minus the cold). Can't wait to meet him when you get home. Love you!!!

  5. aww this is just so sweet.. thanks for sharing..

  6. God is so good Ray! What a blessing for your family! Congrats and safe travels!!
    Laura Beck

  7. Thank you for sharing your journey, Deb! I am so happy for you all. Quinn is adorable, such a perfect addition to your happy little family! Praising God for His love and this amazing blessing.

  8. Oh my goodness! These photos are amazing! We are so excited for you guys! Sending much love your way. We can't wait to meet Quinn!

  9. Praising the Lord for such a beautiful boy Praying for your safe return Bacca and pop-pop

  10. You're going to have to change your "About Me."