Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The message began "Congratulations!"

We got our Travel Dates now!!!! Now we are in a hurry to get all of the final papers in for or Currier to take to the Consulate office for our visas. Holly is driving up tomorrow to get her photos to us in time to get them to our Currier by Friday! The Consulates office closes down on October 1st for the Chinese Holiday for two weeks; so we are in a mad rush to make a deadline for our visas.

I am torn on only one day to tour in Beijing. Last time we traveled we left a day before everyone else did to have one day extra to tour the Summer Palace and the Zoo. Now the Zoo isn't what I wish we could go to this time, but the girls need to see the Summer Palace. There is another reason to leave a day early. I sure would love to tour the facilities that our son has been in since 2007. I have seen so many photos now of where he has been taken so good care of and would love to meet the staff there that has loved our son so much for this length of time. It would be so wonderful to say thank you (Xie Xie) to these wonderful people.

What gets me is we are taking gifts to the nannies in Shangrao, and they aren't the ones who deserve these thank you gifts in my opinion. The staff at New Hope Foundation/Heartbridge are the ones who deserve the love and respect returned. I think since we may not get to tour this place we will go to their site and send in a donation in Evans name.

Maybe I can send a letter of appreciation to the foundation so they know how much we appreciate them.

Anyway, below are the dates of our Itinerary along with a couple of surprise photos of our cutie we got from volunteers from New Hope.

10/22 - Depart U.S.

10/23 - Arrive in Beijing (if you are going here first)

10/24 - Beijing Tour

10/25 - Fly to your province

10/26 – Gotcha Day!

10/31- Fly to Guangzhou on the morning

11/4- AC appointment

11/5 - Oath-taking ceremony

11/6 Family goes to AC to pick up passport with visa

11/7 – Earliest you can depart from China

I will be having my dear China Sister Sherry help me with my posts. I don't want to risk not being able to posts from China; so Sherry has agreed to help me with this. Thank you Sherry!

Now these photos show how much the nannies and volunteers love the children; well at least how much attention Mr. Evan gets. lol


3peas1pod said...

Ha!Ha! Love the hairdo! ceil came with same do...but then again she was a girl. I guess they are preparing Evan for a house full of girls!!

Sherry said...

Love the new pictures. And so happy you guys are leaving soon!!!!! We skipped Beijing last time and I think we will again this time -- that's a lot to do in 1 day. We'd rather take the girls back -- when they can walk around by themselves and we can spend more time there.

I'm so excited for you!!!!!!

Kristy said...

I love the pictures!!! I am so glad you have all of the details of your trip Lesa, I am so excited for you and it must feel great to know that all of this is coming to a "Reality"! I can't wait for that feeling ! I just can't wait to see your little guy in your arms!!

Love you bunches, Kristy

Hoping said...

I'm still trying to figure out this blogspot! I'm in your yahoo group so I will be watching closely as you journey to China! We don't even had a LID yet :(

Sherri & Todd said...

WOO HOO!!! hip hip hooray...can't wait for Evan to be in your arms. One month from tomorrow!

I'm also glad you found someone to post for you. I did that for a friend about a year ago when she got her boy.

I guess I have time to figure that one out before our time.

Anyway girly go and get that boy. Oh and for the pictures...poor kid. Cute as heck!


Vivian M said...

Lesa, I cannot wait to follow your journey to your son! You don't have that much longer to go! yay!

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