many, many hours later…

We left our house at 4:30am…we arrived at our hotel in Hong Kong about 30 hours later. Our flight from Chicago to Hong Kong got delayed 4 hours, which gave us an 8 hour layover in Chicago. If you are going to have a long layover, Chicago is a great city for it to happen. We caught a train to downtown and explored a little bit.

Can you guess which little boy has been EXTREMELY excited?!

Deep dish pizza. The boys declared it the best pizza they have ever eaten.

Finally, it was time to board the plane to Hong Kong!

15 hour flight. Not looking forward to the return home flight…

Eventually we landed…took a train…took a taxi….collapsed in our beds. Then we ‘face-timed’ the little ones at home and gave them a glimpse of Hong Kong.

The boys wished we had a bike park like this at home.

We have a couple of friends from Hong Kong, so we got to spend a day with them. It has been too long since we last saw them. We ventured out to Ocean Park – which had crazy long lines, but beautiful exhibits.

I was so proud of my oldest. He does not like being high – a little bit of fear of heights. However, he doesn’t let it keep him from doing things as a family. He was not pumped about a cable car ride, but he did it and allowed himself to enjoy it some.

My boys and our friends’ son…such a handsome boy.

The boys at dinner….

With our sweet friends. I wish Oklahoma was closer to Hong Kong!

Tomorrow we take a train from Hong Kong to Guangzhou…where we will meet our Little One on Monday!

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  • Brooke - YAY! You are getting so close to her! Glad you had a quick chance to eat the best pizza in the world. I’d know that Giordano’s pizza anywhere! :)

  • cassie - I am so excited for you. Thinking about you often throughout my day and praying that Monday comes quickly! Your older two look so much older without the littles around! Blessings!!

  • Wen - Wish we knew you were stopping in Chicago! Glad you got to explore! Love all the photos and glad you are having fun and safe travels! Many blessings to you and your family!

  • Jenn - Wooooohoooooooo

  • Lisa - FINALLY there, YAY!!! It is such a long flight!!! You will LOVE Guangzhou!!! Wonderful little shops (squeaky shoes :) visit Mark & Jenny at Jenny’s Place. They are wonderful Christians and sell beautiful Chinese/American Bibles-a wonderful keepsake-tell them Jason, Lisa and Emma sent you!)…..LUCY’S (you must try the Satay, so delish)…..Starbucks (no words needed!!! Amen & Amen)…..Subway (avoid the fresh veggies)…..Cow & Bridge (authentic Thai restaurant, picture menus ;)…..Venture over the bridge and check out the big market of the back streets of China (an overwhelming cultural experience)…..AND take advantage of getting your laundry done on the island, it’s AWESOME!!! (good idea to get it cleaned just before heading home too-you’ll be too tired to do laundry at home) ;) Hope some of this is helpful! HAVE FUN & ENJOY EVERY MOMENT!!!!!
    SOOOOOO VERY HAPPY FOR YOU ALL!!!!! Following your journey makes me want to go back…..if it weren’t sooooo much money! :/

  • McLain - These are awesome. I’m so excited for you and anxiously following your journey!!

  • Angela - You are on the same continent as your daughter! You are breathing the same air as her! I am so unbelievably excited for you guys. Your blog has been such wonderful motivation for us to continue our adoption journey. God Bless!!!

  • Lisa - Thanks for posting and letting us all in on the excitement. I’ll be praying for that long ride back home…with three of your sweet ones!

  • liz - so excited for you guys! thinking of your family often and imagining your excitement! God be with you and bless you and keep you as you travel!

  • Jolie - I was just thinking of you and yours this evening, Ashley. And how since it’s night in Australia, it will be afternoon in China, and therefore less than 24 hours until you get to hold the Song in your heart! I’m thinking of you, Chris and your babies, on both continents!!!

  • Alicia - Thank you for sharing this part of your life with us, it is truly a beautiful incredible thing.

  • embee - the picture of you and your husband on the cable car…. the background has given you cute little kitty ears on your head.

    praying for you.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh Ashley! Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I believe God is watering seeds planted in hearts in all of your readers with your journey.

  • Amy Lowry - I cried tears of joy for you and your family the entire post. I’m so happy for you and your new little girl.

  • Bethany - Congratulations on your precious girl! I’m so excited for you and your family and so happy that your little girl is already adjusting. Glad it is a peaceful transition. The pictures of her smiling and giggling are priceless. She is beautiful!!!

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