Welcome to Beijing!!!

OK, this post is going to be quick and might be a bit rambling since we are super tired.  The trip started out pretty good.  BNA to Chicago was on time and we arrived early.  As we were chatting on the plane, a pilot boarded and sat in one of the empty seats in front of us.  Turns out, he goes to church with us and is a friend of Steve's, Will Beasley!  Will was kind enough to escort us all the way to our terminal to board the flight to Beijing.  However, even though it was only 10am, we found out our 1pm flight was already delayed to 3:30pm. 

Luckily, our good friend and pilot, Jason Canada, was also in Chicago and came by and took us to lunch.  It was a great way to pass the time and since his flight was going out well before ours, he took Jenna on a little field trip.
We got back to our terminal in time to realize that Deanne's seat was not with ours any longer.  When we tried to change it, we were met with attitudinal (is that a word?  It is now.) gate agents.  Apparently, not only did a system change make boarding mass chaos, but the delay ended with a change in equipment and a whole flight full of seat changes.  There were a lot of unhappy people it sounds like. 

Despite Deanne sitting far away from us, the flight was an uneventful as one could get and Jenna did excellently!  I think I slept maybe 4 hours (not consecutive) and Jenna probably slept 5.  We got through customs and our bagging quickly and then found our guide, Gloria waiting for us!

We took about a 30-40 minute drive through Beijing to get to our hotel.  There was some confusion at the hotel and it appeared that I didn't actually pay for the hotel so I had to exchange cash to cover it.  I'm glad I brought enough.  Anyway, we finally got upstairs and then couldn't figure out how to use the internet.

But here we are.  We are about to go to bed.  It's already 9:30pm here and our day starts at 9:00am tomorrow.  I know it's late, but I'm gonna get a shower, take some benedryl to open my ears and see how it goes.

Tomorrow is a multitude of sightseeing stuff, but I'm too tired to remember.

Thanks for all the prayers.  They are so needed.  I'm tired and cranky.  :)  BTW, if you have my cell number, don't bother texting.  I forgot to turn off my twitter feeds and weather warnings etc, so I cut my texting off so I don't have to pay for all that.

I do have access to my home email address, so comment here, Facebook or email me!

More later! 


Jennifer said...

So glad you made it! Sleep well my friend!

Lori@FiveofMyOwn said...

At the airport now (cle) on our way to Beijing!

Glad y'all are there safely.

Not long now!!

Katelyn said...

SO glad you made it safe! i cannot believe you are there. i like that i've been so i can imagine what you're seeing and experiencing. can't wait to hear more!!

Angie said...

Blessings dear one! Last night our time (8:30 pm) we prayed for you as we knew you were literally in space and out of time...how weird is that? I am so glad the flight was uneventful! Many prayers already answered. I will keep praying for strength and joy for you all! Hope you have a wonderful sightseeing day!

Christy said...

Glad you made it safely! Just keep saying "If this is the worst thing that happens on this trip, things will be great!" They will be great stories to tell when all is done! Get some good rest! BTW, I am praying that the cranky moods we have going on here will take the place of bad moods that may be there!

Elizabeth said...

AHHHHH!!! So glad you made it! I am totally texting steve (and probably bothering him, he he). I jsut have to know you all are ok and things are going smoothly. Love you all and am still praying for you-each day!

We were playing outside yesterday and Nonie asked for you and Jenna Grace to come play. I told her you couldn't because you went to get Kylie in China. She then explained to Brother when he got home, that Jenna Grace couldn't come play with her because she went to China to get her sister Kylie! So sweet!!! She also prayed for Kylie in China at bed time!! The Yanceys are praying for you all through this journey!!

Wife of the Prez said...

So glad you all made it safely! Wow for Jenna's field trip. With today's rules and regs, that is awesome she got a gander at a cockpit! She looks so happy!!!

BTW, we stayed at the Beijing Peace Novetel and it was nice. We were happy with it. Hope you have a grand time in Beijing!

Only a few more sleeps until Kylie Day! YEAH!

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Vicky said...

I love following ... praying that you get enough rest and that you have lots of fun sightseeing!