Friday, December 27, 2013

This is for real!

This has been such a great week for us! Last Friday, the 20th, we received our travel approval (TA)! This was huge! Then Monday we received our Consulate Appointment at the US Embassy in China. Today we booked our flights! It's official y'all, we're going to China!!!!!  We fly out of Kansas City on January 15th, stop over in Chicago, then fly on to Beijing. We'll do some sight seeing (and sleeping!), then head to Guangzhou on the 19th. We should get Haylie on either the 19th or the 20th, just depends on what her orphanage will do. Guangzhou will be filled with medicial appointments, embassy appointments, and hanging out. We will fly back and be in Kansas City the afternoon of the 29th!  This is a long trip and has us filled a lot of different emotions! Excitement, anxiety, fear, anxiety, a little bit of dread...I mean really, who actually wants to fly 13.5hrs, with a toddler? And who wants to leave their other 3 kids for two weeks? Not me...nope, I'm dreading it. Homesick already and I haven't even left! 

Thanks to all for sticking with us through all of this, the support we've received has been really wonderful! Once we figure out the internet in China I'll plan on posting here daily! We would love for you to follow along our trip and leave us comments! I'm sure it'll help us feel closer to home! 

Oh! On Christmas Eve we received an update on Haylie that included new pictures! She is just adorable. I can't wait to finally see her smile!!!!