Thursday, November 3, 2011

Leavin' On a Jet Plane

3:45 a.m. at the Little Rock airport our trip to China begins

From the Chicago Airport, 1:00 p.m...
After all these years of waiting for our daughter it's almost hard to believe that we are on our way to China at last. The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind for Gary and I. We both have been so busy getting everything prepared at work, at home and getting our amazing dog/house sitter settled in, that we haven't had much choice but to live completely in the present moment. Now with a 15 hour flight ahead of us there is time to daydream about little Natalie Wanhan and our future together. My immediate hope is that the transition is not too hard for her. We will be at least her fourth set of parents. She was abandoned by her birth parents and has had at least two different sets of foster parents during her 21 months at Shangrao orphanage.  It may take quite some time, but eventually Natalie will come to understand that we are her final and forever set of parents.

Our Itinerary:

11/4 Arrive Hong Kong

11/5-11/6 Tour Hong Kong and get on China time

11/7 Natalie Day :)  We fly to Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi Provence to meet our daughter.

11/8 Adoption Day - Natalie will officially become part of our family.

11/14 We get Natalie's passport

11/15 Fly to Guangzhou

11/17 Go to the U.S. Consulate to take the oath on Natalie's behalf that will allow her to become a U.S. citizen

11/18 We receive Natalie's Visa

11/19 Take a train from Guangzhou to Hong Kong

11/20 Fly Home!! I'm sure we will be ready for our own bed and to see Katie and Louie.


Nancy said...

Bon Voyage! So so so excited for you!!! Will be pushing refresh often!

Me Jane said...

This is just amazing! I could not be happier for you! COULD. NOT.

Maggie Mae said...

Yippee! I am doin' da boxer wiggle butt happy dance cuz I am filled wif excitements!
Have a wunderful and safe trip to China to gets your beootiful new little two-legger Natalie. We is prayin' fur all of you!

Maggie Mae and Mom

Bebe Blogger said...

Exciting! Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures in China.

Hound Girl said...

I cant wait, have a wonderful trip and congrats!!

Heather said...

Yippee! I hope that you have a safe flight and the rest will take care of itself. So very excited for you.

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JackDaddy said...

Can't wait until you get home!

Jstar said...

Hooray hooray hooray! Happy travels and buy *loads* of souvenirs to remember this trip by :)

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Just Ramblin' said...

Off to begin the biggest adventure you could ever imagine. Raising a child is so amazing. : )

LeahNYC said...

I am so full of joy for you, Gary, and Natalie. I cannot wait to see pictures of you 3 together!!!!! xoxoxo I love you so much, my beautiful sister. You just beam!

xoxo Leah