My online friend gave me a great idea-thanks Mary! I went to the dollarstore and got a little gift for the boys for each day I'm gone. A gift from mom :) and I'll include a note with each day. Now I need to figure out a clever way for them to find there gifts!

A few days during the week my Daughter will babysit and most likely Levi, my grandson, will be here. So I got him a few too.

We also made paper chains the other day...each night I'm gone the boys will pull a link off of the chain before bed. When they get down to one link Mommy will be coming home!

Evan's paper chain is orange and pink and Asher's is blue. The yellow chain in the middle is a prayer chain we also made with individual prayers on each link. They will pull a link off each night and pray for whatever is on it. I want them to know that they are very much a part of this adoption even though they aren't in China.

I'm walking in circles, packing and unpacking, checking things on my numerous lists...all the while looking at two ...ummm, three sad faces. Brad is feeling sad too (not to mention me)! I'm not sure Asher really understands what's going on. He knows I'm going away but he really doesn't have a concept of time yet. Evan cries when he thinks about it. So I'm taking a break to just sit, pray, and enjoy the sunshine.

We do have a lot planned for the boys while I'm away. Levi too. Daddy plans to take them to the Museum to see the dinosaurs, Franklin Institute, the Zoo, Movies, ect. I'm sure they will have their fill of Chuck E Cheese too!

I leave on Monday and I'm thanking Jesus my flight goes straight to Beijing. I tried to talk myself into saving a few dollars with a layover (also would have had bigger seats and personal video) But I did not want the hassle of getting off the plane and boarding another-opens the door for other problems too. Just get me there as quick as possible!

I feel so covered in prayer, thank you all! I am blessed to call you friends.

I still have a lot to do but for now I'm just sitting in the sunshine by the window of my back porch with my boy :) Gosh I'm going to miss home!

But I am looking forward to NO COOKING for 18 days... did I mention that before  ;)