Welcome to Shanghai

Tuesday was a long day. It began well enough. We hurried through the airport at 6:30 a.m. and walked within inches past President Henry B. Eyring. I try not to be a sign seeker, but I’ll admit I thought it was an auspicious sign that we were on the right path. Atleast toward the right corridor to our airplane.

All three of our flights were delayed, which meant lots of running through airport corridors with kids and backpacks in tow. The flights were fairly peaceful, with Pinky Stinky crying eight times, Miss M. crying four times, bathroom breaks galore and nary a wink of sleep to be had by Mom. The Hubs left his cellphone on a plane in Korea and The Draper Kid upchucked in the hallway, fresh off the flight from Incheon to Shanghai. Which put us from first to last of a line of 200 people in Immigration. Whispers of “lao wai” (foreigner) and comments regarding our many children could be heard around us.

And then, at the end of a very long day, stood a good friend, waiting for us.

Americans in Shanghai. Pu, The Hubs & iPad

The Hubs has known Pu for 20 years. They served in Hong Kong together. I’ve known Pu and his wife for 15 years. They walked me through the Bountiful Temple Open House, which sparked a desire in me for a spiritual conversion. Later, Pu and I attended a study abroad program to Nanjing. And…he introduced me to my husband. Pu and his wife are like family to us. So, imagine, at the end of a long and trying day, this good friend standing there, smiling at us.

Shanghai is going to be wonderful.

3 thoughts on “Welcome to Shanghai

  1. We are so happy that you have Trent and Jane and their family to spend time with.
    Can’t wait to hear what you guys have been up to and how the children are coping with their new home. They are probably really excited. Sounds like you had some interesting and trying experences on your way to Shanghai and on your trek there. I know it will get better and better with each day as you get used to your new surroundings. We think about you alot. Can’t wait to talk with you and visit on Skype!

  2. We at the house of Mclellan are glad you made it to Shanghai without extreme problems. Xiao Bi Chi and I wish you a happy New year and look forward to future Postings

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