Monday, August 31, 2009
We are leaving in just over an hour to go to the airport. It is 5 hours in the van, we will be there about 3 hours to get through security and check bags, then our plane leaves about 3:45pm (my time) and we should arrive about 5:30 pm (PA time). Then a 2 hours drive home. In all it should take about 23 hours to get home. Thank you for praying for us…please pray specificlly for
2. Dillon would do well on the plane, all his machine would function properly.
3. JayDonn would sleep
4. That we would be able to use extra seats like last time so we can lay Dillon down
5. Strength for all of us as this is going to be a LONG trip. )
We miss everyone here, thank you so much for all your help! The doctors, nurses, therapists, and translators were great! Jay is going to miss playing with everyone. We will keep you posted as to Dillon’s progress. I am praying for a miracle, that Dillon would make some huge progress. If however, he does not make progress this trip was still worth it. I know God wanted us in China with the miraculous way He brought in all the funds. I know He wanted us here because of the all the obsticles that where over turned in order to get here. I don’t know if Dillon will make progress or not. God’s Word – the Bible – does not promise me that Dillon will get better. I do have the promise from the Bible that Dillon’s eternal life issecure in the Lord’s hands because he is not capable of making the decision to trust the Lord Jesus Christ for eternal salvation. I, however, had to make that decision – which I did almost 6 years ago. So I know both Dillon and I will spend eternity in Heaven with God. But I know there are many people who do not know what Christ did for them on the cross and if our being in China has helped even one person understand that they need to trust Christ and Christ alone – IT WAS WORTH IT ALL!!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
We stopped to walk around a village and see some of the homes, an old school (which says on the side something about no matter how poor we are our kids still need a place to learn). There is an old basketball hoop in the background of one of the pictures. After we were all tired from walking we got back in the van and went to a lake. We were skipping rocks, finding sea shells, and climbing trees. All the pictures below have a small caption about each. I took over 200 pictures, not all are good though. I also need to get the pictures from Tessie that she took on her camera. Later I will make a movie with all the good ones, but for now here are several to give you an idea what it was like.
All of us in the van - Jason and the driver were up front
Inside the old school there were still signs on the wall, there was even a black board
See the basketball hoop in the background?
An old abandoned house
The beautiful mountains
A house where someone has their laundry out to dry
Dillon and I hiking along
A beautiful temple that we could see on a mountain side
skipping rocks at the lake - my best one was 5 jumps! Jay just had fun throwing them into the water
Grandma, Jay and I at the lake (Dillon was resting in the van after his big adventure hiking)
I climbed a tree to get a picture for Josiah! :o)
Of course Jay wanted up with me!
Being silly with Grandma
Driving along...this is what all the stores looked like
This was the newest apartment complex I saw.
Jay was SO well behaved on this trip! He sat on Grandma's lap the whole time (except when he rode up front with Jason) He was WONDERFUL! If he is this good on Saturday when we come home - that would be GREAT!
Thank you Jason for taking your day off to go with us and teach us about China!! We learned a lot on this trip. It was something I don’t think I will ever forget. I am so glad while we were in China we got to see a big city as well as the country life.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Getting the IV
Here come the stem cells!
Pray they will help Dillon!
Max is one of the translators and was playing with JayDonn today…
Max and Jay
Pauline (on th left - head nurse) and Lili (on the right)
One of the waitresses from upstairs
Sweet and sour pork - it was pretty good!
Our favorite food - fried rice with egg it is only about .50 for this whole bowl!
I went out all by myself today after Dillon’s stem cells. I got a taxi and everything. They dropped me off on the side of the street and I had to walk in the tunnel that is under the road to get to the store I wanted. I shopped, negociated prices and everything, alone. Then I walked back under the tunnel and went to McDonald’s. It was the first beef we have had since we got here 27 days ago. It tasted so good! And I don’t normally think McD tastes good at all! I got a picture of it for my sister (who manages an McD)…. I didn’t take a picture inside but I did get a little video I will send you when I get home.
Tomorrow we are leaving by 8 to go drive around the countryside. I can’t wait! I think it will be so neat to see some of China other than the small part of the city where we are. The doctor is going to do Dillon’s acupuncture before we go.
I know I am starting to understand life here a little more for a few reasons:
1. I can cross the streets without having a heart attack now.
2. I can ride in a taxi without having a heart attack and/or having to close my eyes.
3. I can go shopping and negotiate prices by myself (I use pen and paper but I think I know my numbers 1-99 IF they would say it slow enough).
4. I don’t care as much that people are staring at me. I know why I am here, I know where I am going, I know how to go where I want to go so I am more confident and it doesn’t bother me as much that they look at me.
5. When the lady from Romina - who speaks NO Chinese and very very very little english - was holding the door for me yesterday I said “Xie xie” Which is thank you in Chinese!
As much fun as I am having here, and even though I am going to miss everyone… I can’t wait to see you all soon!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Mommy and Dillon
Mommy and Dillon in black and white
My favorite one
Jay helping make pancakes
Last night Dillon slept pretty good. However, I drank some ice coffee with dinner so I could NOT sleep! I didn’t sleep until 2am while Dillon was so peaceful. Thankfully he did pretty good the rest of the night and I was able to sleep some. I don’t think I will get ice coffee with dinner any more - just lunch. :o)
Resting before acupuncture
This is how Grandma takes Jay to the store… in Dillon’s chair. It is easier to keep him close this way and we don’t have a stroller for Jay.
Going to the store
Grace! (5 years old and has CP too)
Some desserts we tried today. The thin things on the top were ok, they tasted like a sugary pretzel. The green block on the right had the consistancy of dry wall, it wasn’t too great. It was very dry and you had to drink something in order to get the food down your throat. The cookie in the middle was pretty good, it tasted like a normal cookie. The thing on the left was the best. It tasted like a good fruit cake. Both Mom and I liked it the best.
Miss Celine left to go home to Ireland today to be with her daughter. Mr. Liam has a friend coming today to help him now. Mom and I both went shopping a few times with her. Have a good trip home Celine!
Mr Lian and Miss Celine
By Mom: I actually went shopping last Thursday (of course, I’ve been to the food market almost every day except Sunday) and this is now Monday morning. On this trip I went with a translator (thanks, Michelle) and Celine from Ireland. We left Liam, the fellow from Ireland, at a restaurant (while we shopped) so I got some photos from the second floor restaurant windows of the streets. People, bikes, 3 wheeled bike/carts and taxis everywhere! There is a lot of construction going on. The translator told me that three years ago the government said things needed to be remodeled so the whole city is “under construction” or so it seems. I was able know where I was going and to negotiate prices better with a translator.
I think I have figured out Proverbs 31:17b “and strengtheneth her arms”. Scrubbing clothes in the baby tub and wringing them out certainly helps to strengthen the arms! Dillon goes through an amazing number of towels. For those of you who don’t know, Dillon can’t swallow, so all of his secretions must be caught or suctioned. Please pray that the stem cells help his swallowing and also help to decrease his seizures. It is so hard to see him seizuring so many times a day (30-40).
The translators and cleaning ladies (who know no English) have been TRYING to teach me Chinese. Quite a task to make your mouth say words and sounds we have never said before. I can actually feel my jaw being tired after trying to get the tones and words correct!
I have greatly enjoyed my time here with the boys and Tiffany and have enjoyed getting to know the folks on this floor (workers and patients and patients’ families). I’ve had some time to cuddle our little Precious (he feels plenty heavy to me). Jay is great fun and a two year old challenge! Tiffany and I have had some time to talk. Dillon has actually slept five nights (not in a row) better which has been a great help to Tiffany and I. Thanks to those of you who have been praying about this. We still need more sleep! However, I do miss the hills of West Virginia and my dear husband and daughter. We have been able to watch church services (from Daniel’s church-online)which is a blessing but it is not the same as being with God’s people at church. Dillon has only one stem cell treatment left (Tuesday) and we are looking forward to our ride around and outside the city on Wednesday, Lord willing.
A photo from the restaurant window.
A 3 wheeled bike/cart (a common site).
Cooking on the side of the street.
Following Michelle through the streets. The sidewalks are under construction so we had to walk in the bike lane.
Mrs. Fung, one of our cleaning ladies (thank you).
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Grandma made pancakes again, this time she made Jay an elephant. He loved it. He had a great time eating the trunk, then the legs, and Grandma even told him he was eating the heart….yuck! But he thought it was pretty fun…
Grandma made pancakes again this morning - an elephant this time!
We went out back behind our building to take some pictures. It was a beautiful day and there are some very beautiful areas, but right as we got there JayDonn fell and scraped his knee. It was all downhill from there. He kept crying and we had to go back in. We will try again another day.
Behind our building
All four of us under a tree
Jay and Grandma looking up into the tree
Grandma and her boys
Mommy and Jay pointing at the big rock in the middle of the pond
Dillon by the pond
Jay was not happy with his scrap on his leg...
In the afternoon I went into town with a friend again. These are escalators that criss-cross up several flights. It was pretty neat to see.
escalators cris-crossing up several flights
I would NOT want this man’s job. See the tiny black dot on the side of this huge building? That is someone washing the windows!
The tiny black dot on the side of the building is someone washing the windows…how would you like HIS job?!?
This week should go by pretty fast. Monday Mom needs to go grocery shopping and I have therapies with Dillon. Tuesday is stem cells. Wednesday we are going with a couple and a translator to see some of the area outside the big city (yes I will get LOTS of pictures!) Thursday we will start packing. Friday we need to finish packing all but the last minute things, Saturday morning by 7:45am we will be on our way to the airport to start our 23 hours of traveling.
Dillon did sleep better last night, I am about to go to sleep now so I am praying he will sleep good again tonight (the rest of us need the sleep as well!!!)
Have a great Sunday evening at Church! And if you don’t get this on time have a great Monday!