Loden bought a jade cross with his own money...
Next, we headed to the Great Wall. It was a super crowded day & around 85 degrees.
Luke, Jeb, & I made it up to the first tower you see at the top. Kevin & Loden made it up to the second tower.... the one in the middle. The view is absolutely breathtaking!
The view from the second tower.
Jeb did an amazing job keeping up. I was so proud of him!
We ate lunch nearby with a beautiful view of the mountains. The food was great!
We drove by Olympic Village after lunch where we met our ride to New Hope Foster Home. We rented a van with another family whose daughter was at New Hope until about 2 weeks ago.
New Hope was AMAZING! I am just ecstatic that we got to visit. We were able to meet Robin & Joyce Hill, the founders, who have been instrumental in saving SO many orphans' lives.... including our Naomi's :) I am assured after this trip that if not for their care, Naomi most definitely would have either not survived, or would have never had the opportunity to be adopted. We are absolutely indebted to them. I am just in awe of God's sovereignty.... the way He has orchestrated Naomi's entire life that led her to us & us to her. She is first & foremost His child & has been in the palm of His hand. It's so hard to believe that we only have one more day until we meet her!!!!! Here are some pics of New Hope & some of the precious ones there... It is an amazing place :)
This is Robin & Joyce. They have written a book with Elisabeth Gifford called "The House of Hope".... an amazing story of their lives & love for orphans. They signed a copy for Naomi :) What an amazing keepsake for her to have..... My cup truly runneth over.
This is the Nemo room that Naomi was in. I have pictures of her in this room.
This was one of her ayis. She remembered her & loved looking at all the pics of her on my phone. I couldn't understand anything she was saying, but I know she could not get over how big she has gotten.
Two precious ones (or lovely ones, as George, our guide, calls them) :)
I tried to hold them, but they just shook their heads "no"
They liked the boys :)
Tomorrow, we will leave our hotel at 7:30 am & fly to Zhengzhou where we get Naomi on Monday!! Cannot believe only one more day!!! So excited!! Going to sleep now feeling so very blessed :) Thank you all so much for the sweet comments, thoughts, & prayers. We are able to get them all through email when we are at the hotel. We have read them all & are so very appreciative for the support! It means SO much!