This was our family's adventure to bring Eli home. But if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. “The LORD shall add to me another son.” Gen 30:24
And so now this is our family's adventure to bring Eli & Kai home. As we're adopting both boys into our family forever.
An adventure is defined as an exciting or unusual experience; it may also be a bold, usually risky undertaking, with an uncertain outcome.
Jesus said “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” - Mark 9:37
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Last night in China!
Well, I will try to catch everyone
The boys each passed their TB skin
tests yesterday. Yay!
Steve brave daddy that he is, took
them with the guide and another family, because there was not room in the van
for all 6 of us and the 3 of them, plus our guide and the driver. So we agreed,
I would stay in hotel with Zoe & Levi.
Monday afternoon Zoe & I did
some shopping, with the wonderful Ann of .
Last night we took Chinese take out
dinner up to the roof of the hotel. It was too cold to swim, but there was a
Foosball table and we had fun just playing and hanging out up there.
Today we made it to, and thru, our
US Consulate appointment today...
The car ride to the US Consulate was
almost an hour, due to the awful traffic. We got there, got in line & then
made it into the waiting area with all the other families. The wait was not
real long, and the people were very nice. The kids were great!
Only one little question about Eli's
paperwork & the guy says it should all be good. Tomorrow our guide will
pick up the boys visas. Yay! So we are ... done with paperwork! Woohoo!!! I am
Our guide will pick up the boys US
travel visas tomorrow.
On the way back to our hotel Eli got
car sick... common occurrence. My poor little guy... :(
So after arriving we took a walk to
go book shopping... scored some Ultraman books, American stories in
Chinese/English, a few education discovery science books in Chinese, Kung Fu
Then McD's hamburgers & ice
cream for lunch, and back to the room. The kids played Legos, video games, card
games, watched TV, we put together puzzles & we ate Chinese take out for
dinner again, but in the room tonight.
So tomorrow we will sleep in, eat
breakfast, and pack...
We have to Check out of our hotel at
2pm Wed China time (12 midnight, CST).
The boys Visas can't be picked up
until 3:30pm, so we will be hanging out in the hotel lobby for about 3 hrs.
Pray for the hotel... lol
Our guide said she hopes to be here
We will load the luggage and people
into a hired Van, which will depart at 5pm (hopefully...) and drive us to the
China/Hong Kong border. Then apparently we have to move to a new van, yep all
the luggage and people, and then continue traveling to the Hong Kong airport.
All total drive time we are told is 3 hours.
Thank God I found some motion
sickness meds at a Chinese pharmacy this afternoon, with Kai's help of
translating. He can help sometimes and it is a HUGE blessing. :)
We will get to the airport with
plenty of time to check in and maybe get some food. We depart Hong Kong at
12:55AM Thur (10:55am Wed CST).
We are scheduled to arrive at DFW,
Terminal D - 8:20AM Thur CST (Flight Korean Air 31)
Note: Then we have to process thru Immigration, Customs & Baggage... I'm
told 30-60 min.
But the moment the boys feet hit US
soil, they will both be US Citizens!!! Yay!!!
We invite anyone interested to welcome them home.
Then we drive home 1.5 hrs in OUR
van, and some help for luggage. (lol)
I think I counted like 33 hours of
traveling by the time we get HOME Thur. Pray for us...
Well, our VPN keeps going off... it's taken me two hours to post this.
So please keep us in your prayers and I will update soon after we get home. Thank you ALL!!! God bless you tenfold for all your prayers and support. Kai & Eli are adjusting very well. We get hugs and kisses at night. They are happy all day long. They are both very excited about the plane trip to America tomorrow. In fact we have been trying to get them to go to sleep for over half an hour and they're still giggling. (lol)
God is so amazing!
I am happy to be going home, but certainly have a new appreciation for home... America that is!