It has been a whirlwind! We received our Travel Approval (TA) on Wednesday, the 9th and we are leaving this coming Wednesday!! Our agency has been wonderful in getting us to China and home before Chinese New Year begins. This was our prayer and we are so thankful that we are going to see Eli very soon.
We will try to blog and post updates and pictures daily while we are away. Here is our itineray:
Wednesday, January 16th - fly out of Cincinnati (4 hour layover in Chicago) and then a LONG flight to Hong Kong
Thursday, January 17th - arrive in Hong Kong and spend the night
Friday, January 18th - fly to Xi'an (We are staying in Xi'an for a couple of nights so we can tour, get acquainted with the time difference, and see the Terracotta warriors)
Sunday, January 20th - take bullet train to Zhengzhou, meet up with our travel group.
Monday, January 21st - Get ELI!!!
Tuesday, January 22nd - Complete adoption registration and then travel to Luoyang (where Eli is from) to apply for Eli's passport.
Wednesday, January 23rd - free day (may see if we can go back to Luoyang to visit the orphanage)
Thursday, January 24th - Receive notary documents
Friday, January 25th - Receive passport
Saturday, January 26th - fly to Guangzhou
Sunday, January 27th- free day
Monday, January 28th - Eli's physical appointment
Tuesday, January 29th - prepare paperwork for consulate appointment
Wednesday, January 30th - Consulate Appointment
Thursday, January 31 - receive Eli's Visa
Friday, February 1- travel to Hong Kong and then fly home!!! (And hug 3 kids that we will miss terribly!)
Thanks everyone for all of your support, encouragement, prayers and help during all of this. We could not do it without you! Please pray for us as we travel. Please also pray for our kids who we are leaving here (in the wonderful care of their grandparents), but who we will miss terribly. Please pray for Eli as the only people and home he knows are about to forever change.
I have been continuously singing this song by Chris Tomlin("Whom Shall I Fear") and I wanted to write a few lyrics as we prepare to leave our comfortable home here and travel across the world to grow our family ...
I know Who goes before me
I know Who stands behind
The God of Angel Armies
is always on my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of Angel Armies
Is always by my side
Love to you all ...Next post will be from China!!