Hard to believe that one week has already gone by since I boarded the plane. At this point last week I was trying to bond with little Annie and she was not having it and now here we are one week later. Things I have discovered in just one week: One week if you would have asked me one week ago if I thought Annie and I would be this close I would probably said "nope" but God has a way of opening hearts and building strong bonds. I never realized how much I could love a little one that was not related to me. One week makes you realize that it doesn't matter how many trips you go on away from family it never makes missing home easier. One week and I have discovered I do not have a future of becoming a vegetarian ever!!! That has been one of the hardest things but we are figuring out and finding some yummy things on the menu to try. I also discovered how I never thought I would get so excited about brown sugar before :) I can now have oatmeal in the mornings instead of stale Rice Krispies. I really just want a pizza and a hamburger right now. One week and I have seen this princesses personality really come out. She is growing to like the doctors and nurses more but when it is just the two of us she is a mess. I am thankful God trusted me to be her "momma" for this journey. One week and you discover how wonderful "fresh" air is! We were able to venture outside for a whole 15 minutes today. It might have just been outside the front of the hospital but it was outside and it felt wonderful to go beyond the hospital walls. I will admit that I am missing life that I know is going on back at New Hope but overall the way I have been looking at it is that God has seen the bigger picture and there are reasons he opened it up for so many babies to get to go to HK and this is where I am meant to be and if timing stays right then I will still have a couple weeks with the crazy preschoolers back at Hope once I get back. Prayer request *for both Annie and I to stay healthy while waiting for her surgery *for the doctors as they are preparing everything for her surgery * for Annie's visa renewal process. I have to leave this sweet angel with a sitter nurse while I make the trip this week to get her visa renewed. Prayers that she understands that I am coming back as fast as I can and that she does not cry the whole time I am away.