Day 2 brings us to the Great Wall of China!
They had a one-day layover in Beijing before flying out to Haven's province that evening, so they had just enough time to see the Great Wall.
When Lilly and I began homeschooling, our first lesson on our first day was about this landmark, and she has been fascinated ever since.
I could tell she was excited when I spoke to her on Facetime during breakfast.
I could also tell that while the day sounded fun to her, she was really just ready to meet her sister the next day.
I remember her asking me last year when we began this process if she would have to climb over the Great Big Wall to get to her sister.
I told her no.
I find it perfectly fitting that because of travel routes, adoptive parents find themselves standing on the Wall during their first day in China, without their new children, after climbing months or years of paperwork.
In a place of such man-made beauty, we are reminded that God is the one who builds the things that last.
The Wall will someday crumble, and it will no longer be "Great".
But the family seal and covenant that is placed over Haven tomorrow will not, and our God will always be Good.
Paul and I are really adventurous eaters, so I know he is enjoying the food portion of this trip immensely.
As for Becky, she taught herself how to cook some pretty mean African food during her time living there, so I know she appreciates this too.
I also know that this tea service was probably the highlight of Lilly's day!
After lunch, they arrived at the airport to wait for their late evening flight to Hefei, where they will be meeting and claiming Haven the next morning!
All of this leads up to the one day, the one minute that we have been counting down to since April of last year, and when the sun comes up in the morning, it will finally be time.
This 6-year old child will become a daughter, a sister, a grandchild - all in one moment - on the day that God ordained...
Which "happens" to be Lilly's 6th Birthday.
COMING UP: Day 3 - Haven's Gotcha!