Meet the Family!

The trip back from China was no shorter than the trip there (12-13 hours). Qing Shuang slept in the plane in her preferred position, on the floor. We made it to immigration without breaking open the sealed envelope, and once we got through that, Qing Shuang was a U.S. citizen! We had arranged for a shuttle bus from the airport back home. God had it that Mitchell could make it to his basketball practice if we got back in a timely manner. Our shuttle bus driver had a GPS which, of course, took him to our home a way I wouldn’t have even imagined. When I saw that he was going to sail past Iwo Jima (a monument East of our house), I overcame my shyness and volunteered to replace the GPS.

We got Mitchell to his practice on time and then went to the Whelans’ house to get Cassie and Quinn. The Whelan’s were gracious enough to take over for Grandma and Grandpa for the last couple of days of our China trip, as Grandma and Grandpa had a company Christmas party in Jersey. So we had a really nice visit with the Whelans’ while Mitchell was at practice. And we got really good reports about Cassie and Quinn from the Whelans’ and from Grandma and Grandpa.

Meet the Family!

Meet the Family!

Quinn was beside himself about his new sister, as you can see from the picture above.

White House Christmas Tree

White House Christmas Tree

We kept with our Christmas tradition and had our morning around the Christmas tree at home, followed by a walk to the White House Christmas Tree (we live about 3 miles from Barack and Michelle). We love this tradition, as it gives us a chance to walk and talk and enjoy the crisp Christmas Day that God has given us. It usually ends up as a late walk home, and it’s a real challenge to keep those heads up!

Good Night

Good Night


9 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    It’s so nice to finally ‘meet’ the rest of your family . . . what a beautiful crew you have:-) can’t wait to catch up on the rest of your posts!

    • 2

      ronnieandsandy said,

      Thanks, Dave and Amy! And now that you’ve posted, we have a way to easily get to your blog!

  2. 3

    Laurie said,

    It was SO much fun to read your new blog. I hope you’ll be adding some new pictures and updates soon so we can learn how things are going NOW at your house! πŸ™‚ We are headed out tomorrow for a reunion with our travel group from our first trip to China. Hopefully we can one day have a reunion with our 2nd travel group. God bless, and keep up the blogging- LOVE it!! πŸ™‚

    • 4

      ronnieandsandy said,

      Thanks for checking out our blog, Laurie, and for the positive feedback! Checked out your blog as well (thanks for the link!). Looks like a lot of fun. Blessings to the family! And have a great reunion! With our geographically dispersed travel group, we’ll have to meet somewhere in the middle. St. Louis? Chicago? Cubs/Cardinals game? πŸ˜‰

  3. 5

    Jenn said,

    Such a beautiful family!! Hoping you keep up with the blogging! LOVE it!!


    PS….I think Texas is a nice middle place for us to meet! ;o)

  4. 6

    Laurie said,

    Okay, so we’ve met the family. NOW, let’s see an update about what the family is up to this summer- with some new pictures! Come on, Sandy, you can do it!! πŸ™‚

    • 7

      ronnieandsandy said,

      OK, Laurie. You’re enthusiasm pushed me to stay up past midnight and post an update. It’s nice to know you’re interested in what’s going on. How was the reunion?

  5. 8

    JanetandTomR said,

    Hey Ronnie and Sandy, Finally found your blog. So wonderful to see the details of your wonderful journey. (Brings back memories for me…) I was weeping when I saw your gotcha picture. So lovely. Tim was three when we met him…now he is 17! Your HAPPY family is such an inspiration to me. Hope to see you on the soccer field…

  6. 9

    Hey Guys!
    Just discovered your blog! Yay!!!!! Now we can see what’s going on in your lives. Love the pictures of China (especially the one in Tiannenman Square ;0)). You all look so blissful! God is good, isn’t He? I say we PLAN a reunion for our travel group and Texas at the Gagers is a nice middle place. Hee, hee. Keep up the posting and check out our blog too!

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