An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.
- Chinese Proverb

Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

What a busy three days.

Before I begin I must apologize for the craziness of these posts. I'm typing it all on an iPad and I have not mastered its quirks nor does it understand mine. Hee, Hee. Just bare with my terrible grammar and misspellings. Just no time to go back and correct or figure out how to correct.

You ready? Ok here goes.......

We started out on a 19 hour plane ride to arrive in Beijing at 11 pm their time. We scurried off to bed or our nice plank of wood covered in a sheet to be back up for site seeing at The Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tianiamen Square. We were to meet our guide and the other members in our group in the lobby at 8. Our guide and translators name was Lilly. A very loving and gentle lady who spoke English very well but has never been to America. We started out at Tianamen Square and The Forbidden City where I have never seen so many people in my life. Masses everywhere and with 2 blondes and 2 American young girls 7 and 12 we were like celebrities. Jason started referring to himself as Brad Pitt. They would just stop us everywhere to get their picture made with the Americans. They even forced their way into our group picture which was hilarious. Needless to say.... We stood out.

After Tianamen Square and The Forbidden City we headed to lunch at a Jade factory. We got to see how they carve amazing sculptures and even purchased what they call a "family ball". A piece of Jade that is sculpted into a sphere and then somehow they sculpt another rotating sphere inside that sphere and then another. Kinda hard to explain but maybe you can get a better idea by the picture. I'm still trying to figure out how they do it. Amazing work and amazing craftsmanship. From there we feasted on our first true Chinese meal. All served buffet style on a huge round lazy susan in the middle of the table. No sweet and sour chicken or fried rice to be found. Seems the Chinese like sweet/spicy saucy meat dishes that are all unrecognizable. Thoughts of weight loss flashed in my head. Hee, hee. Jason was more adventurious than me if that tells you anything. Jason only eats meat and potatoes so I was stunned.

After lunch we headed to The Great Wall where we climbed and climbed and climbed. Not a place for anyone afraid of heights either. Truly an amazing site and experience. Each steep step unlike the next in height and shape so it does a doozy on your coordination and endurance. Just baffling that these great walls surround the city.

After the Great Wall we went to dinner in downtown Beijing for the famous Peking Duck. Again a dinner very similar to lunch in that everything served was suspect. I did encounter my first experience with a squatty potty there though. Made me miss my American porcelain throne but truly not as bad as I had thought it would be. I did have to announce to the table on my return that "I did it". Made miss sweet Britten since he is in the potty training stage where he announces his accomplishment regularly. After dinner we had about an hour drive back to the hotel and got a glimpse of the Olympic birds nest. Another Chinese amazement.

Phew, you tired yet? I know we were but there was no slowing down. We made it back to the hotel to get a few hours of sleep then had to be awake at 4 in the morning to catch our flight to Landry's province. Guizhou (Gwey-Jo). Our guide met us in the lobby with a boxed breakfast and then we headed to the airport and scurried onto our plane without a guide or translator. It was only to be a 3 hour flight so we really didn't need one but after a 4 hour delay on a slammed pack plane without an american in sight we were missing that translator more than anything. We had no clue what the delay was other than it was so foggy/smoggy out you couldn't see 10 feet in front of you. FINALLY we taxied off and arrived in Guizhou very late. So late that our new guide/translator told us we had time to drop our bags at the hotel, get a 15 minute lunch before we were to meet Landry at the Civil affairs building. Whoa! Could barely catch our breath.

Okay, I've gotta take a breather but will continue more later.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Touchdown China!

After 19 hours in the air we have arrived in Beijing and are getting ready for bed. We have a big site seeing day ahead of us tomorrow. Happy our iPad is working and we are connected to you all. Found out how to pronounce Landry's Chinese name. Qingke is the spelling and is pronounced Ching-kwa. Kwa-kwa for short. Sounds nothing like Landry. Hee, Hee. Will be seeing him on Sunday. Night, night.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Our travel day is HERE!!!

It is amazing how fast time has gone and how quickly things have happened. Today we leave on our journey to bring little Landry Michael home to his forever family. Another blessing given to us by God. We kissed our 2 babies this morning and sent them both off to school. Avery was a little a teary and then Tracy at Britten's school followed. It's been an emotional start but we know they are tears of joy. We thank all of you that have loved on us, prayed for us and Landry and for your amazing support. Check back soon for updates while we travel. We want you all along for the journey. Blessings to all -Jason and Amy

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

We leave tomorrow!!!

The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy! Psalm 126:3

Looking forward to our journey.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Little Guy!

Wow, look at that cool cake!!! Today will be Landry's last birthday in China.

Even though you don't know it we are sending you big birthday kisses and hugs from Tennessee. See you soon little one.

How about the Bieber Birthday song? Hee, Hee. Love it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Piecing Our Family Together Update

Update: Have had several people ask if we are still collecting "Pezzle Puzzes" as Britten would say (Puzzle Pieces - makes me laugh every time) YES!!! Just check out the post below to contribute.

As we continue on in our journey to bring home our little boy from China, we trust the Lord to meet our every need. Many of you have inquired about how you can support us in this process. First and foremost, you can include us in your prayers. We ask for safety for Landry as he waits and for us as we travel to bring him home. Second, you can stand ready to love on him once he arrives. We will certainly need your emotional support. Lastly, some of you may be in a position to offer help financially and we would welcome your support. We purchased a puzzle with Landry's sweet photo on it and when you donate $10, we will write your name on the back of one of the puzzle pieces. When complete, we'll frame it and hang it and Landry will forever have a mosaic of names of the people who were a piece of his puzzle to help bring him home. Please note that you can purchase as many pieces as you would like, whether that be 1, 2, 5, 10 or more. If using PayPal, just add the name/s you would like on your pieces in the memo section. If donating by cash or check, simply include a note with the names you want listed. One name per piece or one family name per piece. We would also like to ask that you help us spread the word through your blog, Facebook or email so that others might have an opportunity to help bring another orphan home.

However you choose to support our family through this process will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for being a piece of the puzzle.

Click below to donate using Paypal:

or you may send cash or checks to:

Jason Patrick c/o Landry Patrick
Merrill Lynch
341 Cool Springs Blvd. Suite 200
Franklin, TN 37067

"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these souls of mine, you did for me," Matthew 25:40

Jason, Amy, Avery and Britten Patrick

Monday, October 3, 2011

Hold on!

Hold on little boy we will have you in our arms soon!!!

We got our TA/Travel Approval today!!! We are headed to China October 27th. Now to start packing. Um, where to begin and how to get it all there will be a challenge.