This trip has been very significant to our family. We made a special visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. I had never been there and was so thankful for the time and opportunity we were given to visit and pray in the shrine. While there, the girls said some very special prayers for a new baby and for our baby in China. Shortly after that trip we learned we were pregnant (I later miscarried). We now know that our little Tess was born around this time as well. This is no coincidence, it is providential.
There were two mosaics where we spent extra time praying -- Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of China. Our little Mary Guadalupe (MG) was due on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. When we lost her, I took it especially hard. I felt she was an answer to the prayers of my dear daughters and I grieved their loss as well as my own. I now take comfort that she is watching over Tess. While I can't be with her-- MG has been there with her. She has been watching over the sister who needed her most.
Our travel will hopefully occur in early December and we will most likely be in China on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This, too, is no coincidence. Isn't God amazing?