Friday, August 27, 2010

On our way!

Our first 2 flights are done and we are now in Seattle awaiting our flight to Beijing.  Caleb is really sick but hanging in there.  Please pray he starts getting better and not worse.  Christina says she is sick too, but she is thankfully in wonderful hands so we aren't worried.

I know a lot of people are interested in our itinerary, so here it is.

Friday morning - departure from hometown airport, fly to Atlanta, fly to Seattle, fly to Beijing

Saturday night / early Sunday morning arrival in Beijing

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday (August 29-31) - tour Beijing, meet with agency staff

Wednesday (September 1) - fly to Guiyang in Guizhou province

Thursday, Friday, Saturday (September 2 - 4) - tour Guizhou province

Sunday (September 5) - MICAELYN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday (September 6) - officially become parents to our precious little girl!

Tuesday (September 7) - file for Micaelyn's passport

Wednesday (September 8) - fly to Guangzhou, meet JOSHUA and officially adopt him (we will meet him and complete the adoption on the same day in order to get the adoption registered before his birthday)

Sunday (September 12) - Joshua's 14th birthday, his first birthday to celebrate as a beloved son!

Tuesday (September 14) - Consulate appointment

Thursday (September 16) - pick up visa, free to leave Guangzhou, take overnight train to Guilin

Friday (September 17) - Li River cruise in Guilin

Saturday (September 18) - tour Guilin, take overnight train to border of China/Hong Kong

Sunday (September 19) - explore Hong Kong

Monday (September 20) - fly from Hong Kong to Detroit

Tuesday (September 21) - fly HOME!!!!!

Our total time gone will be 3 1/2 weeks.  Since most adoption require you to spend a week in your child's province before going on to Guangzhou we thought we would have to be in Micaelyn's province for nearly a week, and since adoptions from Guangzhou take 2 weeks we thought we would have to spend 2 weeks there making the total trip 3 weeks plus the time in Beijing (most adoption agencies have you start out in Beijing).  Thus when we started planning our trip around Joshua's birthday before we even had travel approval we based it on this timeline of being gone for 3 1/2 weeks.  As it turned out the officials in both places decided to move us through a little faster so we could have done the trip in 2 1/2 weeks, but since we had already planned the dates we would arrive in and depart from China we kept it at that.  Thus even though we will leave Guiyang within just a few days of getting Micaelyn we will still stay there a week getting to know the area she is from.  There is a story about why this is important to us, but it will have to wait until after we return home.  However, it does make a really good "Red Thread" story!

Supposedly we should be able to leave by Friday, September 17, but our agency told us to stay in China a few more days in case things don't get rushed through as they are supposed to.  Since we will be tired of staying in Guangzhou by that point we figured the overnight trains would be a good way to see another part of China without spending a lot of extra money (and since the trains are overnight that means 2 nights less of having to pay for 2 hotel rooms).

I am very excited about going to China, even more excited about getting my children, but I'm already eager to get home.  I can't wait to get home and get my house cleaned up, do the laundry (because I know I will have A LOT), and get settled into home life with ALL my children under 1 roof.


Mom 2 six said...

Safe travels !!

bobo's mom said...

So excited to hear that your trip has begun. We'll be in GZ from Sep 6 to 16; look for another family adopting 2!