Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A day with Brodie

How would we describe our son? ACTIVE! For the parents of 3 girls, a 6 year old boy has been an experience. Wednesday was suppossed to be a rest day for us. To just spend the day at the hotel, rest, swim, and bond was the agenda. I (Kevin) took him down to the pool with his swim cap on and when I jumped in, Brodie began to cry. Big, big tears! He is scared to death of the pool. Needless to say, we got out of there as quickly as we went in. Our great swim moment lasted 2 minutes. We have found out that a day with Brodie is non stop playing. I have thrown him on the bed, picked him up by the ankles upside down, grabbed his hands and flung him into the air so many times that I am sore. He just can't get enough of the attention that we are giving him. I feel sorry for him. I little boy should not be in a hotel room all day. We are about to go out to what is the "central park" of Jinan. A big grassy area where we can just rip and roar together. He is very smart, inquisitive and somewhat mischevious. Lorrie said, "I love you" and to our shock he said to her, "I love you too." He knows A-G of the alphabet and can count to ten. I read him the Bible today for the first time. He could not understand a word I said, but one day he will. The prayers of each of you are being felt. Many of you have prayed for bonding, it is working. You have prayed for safety, we have felt safe. I can feel the power of the Holy Spirit today. I pray for the people of China. So many people in need of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We are both dropping weight. When I left the states I weighed 170, this morning I weighed 164. Keep the comments coming, we are so encouraged by them. We are already soo homesick. We just keep thinking, if we can just get to Guangzou we will be OK. We love you all so much. It has been great to Skype with so many of you.
Cute as a button!

Future Believer.


  1. Yes, boys are like energizer bunnies....they keep going and going and going :) It amazes me how much energy they have. Braegan seems to have the most energy at night when you think he would be totally worn out. Miss you guys much, can't wait to see ya'll next week! You know ya'll are in our prayers. We love you!

  2. Yea! An update. We wait by the computer each day to see how you are doing! I am so thankful he is healthy & playful! Thank God! Wouldn't want it any other way. :) LOVE the new pictures! He's so cute - you can see the mischeviousness in his eyes. hehehe He looks happy. so wonderful! We miss you all very much. Praying for you constantly! Jonah talks about Brodie ALL the time. He's so excited to meet his buddy. We all are.
    Love you all - 6!

  3. I anxiously wait every day for an update on how y'all are! And then I cry when I read each post! :) Can't wait to see y'all and meet the newest addition to the Blackwell family!

  4. He's so adorable... sounds like he's precious. Oh and YES, boys are FULL of energy.... trust me, I know. : ) Hang on, you are almost done! You all are still in my prayers!

  5. I am just now able to read your blog. I have been at Camp Worldsong and haven't had a free moment to read. I am so excited for you. I cried tears of joy reading this today and seeing pictures of your family. I have been praying for both of you and for Brodie. I cannot wait to meet him and to see yall again. Much love and even more prayers going out to you now! The Lord is so good. Praise be to Him for what He has done!


  6. The pics of Brodie are adorable! I bet he has an incredible personality! Our first trip to China I lost 10 pounds in the first 3 days. Gained it all back + more in Guangzhou. Lucy's & The Cow and Bridge have wonderful food! My parents and our family are praying for y'all daily. Thank you for sharing your journey!

  7. I check the blog a couple of times each day, anxious for updates. I love the pictures! Praying for a safe trip and can't wait till we get to see this little guy in person!


    The Warrens

  8. Sometimes when my boys are the most hyper is when they are really tired. Like they don't know what that feeling is. They are very different. No hanging out watching movies on rainey days..I love it! They are great! So sweet that he said he loves you too...Tears!! Love reading your updates!Praying, praying!!

  9. So happy for you guys, we are praying for you and can't wait to meet the "ball of energy"! Kevin he looks so much like you, he has your hair line :-)
    Love you guys, we will see you when we get back from Mexico!