Sherpa's post

Sherpa here (Michael). The boss needs a night off so I am at the keyboard. 

I am the Sherpa because I am the support, the guide and in Lily's eye the grunt.  I am the luggage hauler, document keeper and chief gofer.

Most of you know that I'm succinct so I will not disappoint you.  We are delinquent in posting because we are catching our breath.  It’s been a long, hard 30 hours.  We left Zhengzhou yesterday on a 4:30 flight with hopes to be in the new hotel by 8:00.  After a delayed flight, fog, rain, turbulence, projectile vomiting (Lily), traffic jam (imagine that in China) and diarrhea (Lily), we finally got to the room around 10:00.  Her first plane ride was eventful, but she did amazingly well through it all.

By the time we got her down and in the bed it was after midnight.  To tell you my patience was short today is unnecessary. 
We had her doctors examination today and visa photo taken.  She was tremendous. So we celebrated with …

The tea here is great, but not having a good cup of coffee for a week was hard.  It was a nice treat.

Another first today, removing the Lily appendage from Amy.  She has locked on to her since the first night and not allowed me within the 5' safety zone unless I have something she wants.  It has been an interesting analogy of how God must feel when we keep pushing him away.  It has made me wonder how many times I have done that to Him, not allowing His involvement in my life and how He longed to do so.  So thankful He is patient and faithful! So the Sherpa was off on a mission, a stroller.  I really didn't think she would go for it, but surprisingly she loves it!

Amy is thrilled to give her arms a rest.  Lily still will not let me push her though.  It is hard being a Sherpa.  No love or respect.  However, for a few moments today she let me in, even gave me kiss! 

Oh how my heart swelled!  But it was short-lived.  I didn't get to push her back to the hotel.  Back to being the Sherpa. 

Seriously, it has been great to watch her progress each day.  To watch her with Amy and see how much she trusts her, how much Amy pours into her, teaching her every moment of the day is great to see.  With Amy's love, affection and teaching Lily is coming out of her shell and showing us the great personality that God gave her.  I know someday soon I'll be her daddy.  It's worth the wait!


Anonymous said...

You are the greated Sherpa that I know.
Your analogy of how we push God aside sent tears to my eyes. We continue to pray for her to realize what a wonderful, caring and loving earthly father she has. One day she will also understand what a great heavenly Father she has.
We are anxiously awaiting your return.
Love, Mom and Dad

Anonymous said...

Love the picture of them sleeping. Your insight is so right on. Lily's story and the insight that both of you have is inspiring! God bless!
Love, Laura Savinda

Unknown said...

When I get old (olDER)…will you come and be MY SHERPA? I am so in awe of you, Michael. Mindy and I continue to pray for you, Amy, Spencer and Lily. Safe travels!

Anonymous said...

Hi Neighbors. I finally figured out how to post to you. I didn't see a post box, but my daughter helped me out.
Each day I picture where you are, what you are experiencing emotionally, spiritually, and physically, and I stay in prayer for you. As I walk past your house, I pray for your safe return and for the joy of a new life for you all here. I'm so thankful that I moved in before you went to get Lily so that I could be a part of your prayer team.

Job 14:7-9 "At least there is hope for a tree; if it is cut down, it will sprout again and its new shoots will not fail. Its roots may grow old in the ground and is stump die in the soil, yet at the sent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant."

Lily will grow strong like a tree, a tree that once was neglected but now has living water to nourish & strengthen her. You are the vessels bringing that living water to her. You are the willing containers, chosen to be her forever well of blessings. You are mighty in the eyes of our Lord because He promises that "the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds." Claim that verse as you encounter strongholds, and be assured that you have the power, through Him, to pull them all down.
Praying for you continually, and so bummed that I won't be here when you return.
Neighbor Nancie

Lindsay Schumaker said...

Michael - Wow, your patience is inspiring! I can't imagine how drained you all must feel. Thank you so much for still taking the time to share your journey with all of us! I know it must be difficult - the last thing you probably want to do when you are ready to fall into bed. But, we appreciate it - it's so nice to feel like we are there with you :)

EC said...

It is great following your blog and the journey we were on less than 3 months ago. Enjoy Guangzhou: it is an amazing city!

Anonymous said...

Hey guys. Can't believe I am just finding the blog spot and have missed out on so much! Crying at my computer and so excited for you. Would never have guessed that the Cozymel's moment would have brought this amazing adventure. Grateful to God you all are together!

Enjoy every moment.

Scott and Keri said...

Amy, we have been out of town so I am just now catching up on your blog. Wow, what a beautiful journey the Father is taking you on. Your words brought comfort and encouragement to me in the midst of the fears I am currently experiencing about our second adoption.
We are praying for you both and for sweet Lily. I loved seeing the picture of her sprawled out in deep rest on her mommy's chest. We will pray that her heart will grow to love and trust her daddy in that same way as well.

suzanne said...

Reading your words brought tears....MANY. The analogy of you pushing Christ away is SO TRUE. Time and time again you are going to see Christ in sweet Lil Lily! My prayer has been answered that she will bond with her Mommy...such a SIGNIFICANT answer to prayer that she is not screaming constantly for weeks. I KNOW that YOU KNOW that she will warm up in time, just being patient for her to trust you is hard huh?!?! My heart swells with pride as I think of you guys in a foreign land (out of the land of familiar) and putting one step in front of the other, moment by moment, step by step WITH only your FAITH guiding you!!! I love you guys! Cannot wait to touch that little angels face. (the kisses will keep coming!! no worries!:)

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