A Day in My Life: Daughter’s Home from China!

Last Saturday, my daughter Meredith arrived home from China for her older brother’s upcoming wedding. There’s a national holiday in China this week—no school—so the timing for the wedding is rather . . . providential.

This was Meredith’s first trip out of China and she was all alone. What should have taken her about 90 minutes to get to the airport ended up taking four hours! At the border, she ended up in a confusing situation in a foreign country—but she was helped by a kind woman who spoke a little bit of English. (Thank you, thank you, kind woman!) I am so grateful to those who prayed for Meredith’s travel; those prayers were answered! It’s amazing she made the flight at all. Not a minute to spare!


My husband and I arrived super early at the arrival lobby at the San Francisco Airport and waited . . . waited . . . waited. There’s a television screen to watch the travelers come through the hallway. I watched carefully, camera poised, for every single traveler. Naturally, I looked down for one moment and Meredith came and went on the screen! Naturally.

It’s so wonderful to have children (any age!) home after they’ve been away. We communicate frequently using Viber or What’sApp (terrific free apps, btw), but there’s nothing like a face-to-face. I keep wanting the days to SLOW down. This is such a special time in our family’s life. So very grateful!


Meredith is spending a year as an international teacher in China. You might be interested in reading about her adventures and observations in her blog: Pencils and Chopsticks.

She’ll be heading back on Monday, October 14th. For obvious reasons, prayers are welcomed!!

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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. I know you all are enjoying every minute of this special time. I look forward to hearing about the wedding and seeing pictures too!

  2. How blessed you are to have her there…joy to you.

  3. Kentuckylady717 says:

    I know you are glad to have your daughter home from China…
    She is so pretty…she looks just like you…..
    Is she home to stay or just for a visit ?

  4. Patty Tolliver says:

    I’m so glad that your daughter made it home safely.

  5. Karen says:

    I missed the wedding of our firstborn and only son this past January, due to surgery and health; I was so sad. I will be praying your family time is wonderful; we haven’t been together as a whole family since Christmas, 1999, and in January, 2000 I became permanently disabled from bug bites on a mission trip, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat ~ I KNOW I was where God wanted me to be. NOTHING happens by coincidence! ♥