Friday, December 14, 2012

First of all, I can hardly believe that in 11 days we'll be on a plane to China! Oh my gracious! I am sooooo ready to love on this little guy.

So very ready!!

We had our travel conference call yesterday and we got the itinerary for our trip. We arrive in Beijing on December 27th (just after midnight). We spend one (very short) night in Beijing, take the train around 1:00 pm to Jinan, arrive around 3:00 and meet Kaikai in the early evening!!!!

It's going to be a whirlwind. But, if we didn't do it this way, we would have had to wait until January to get our little guy, and we weren't really interested in that option!

We were suprised to learn that we will only be in Jinan for three nights. We are still hoping to visit the Heze SWI on the 29th, but we'll have to see. It takes over three hours to get there by train. We leave for Guangzhou on the 30th and will be there until the 11th. We're in GZ for such a long time, because China is on holiday between December 31st and January 2nd.

So, due to the fact that we will only be in the freezing cold north for four days total, I am re-thinking my packing. What do you think? Should we take winter jackets, mittens/hats and boots for all of us? Or should we just pack sweaters, mittens/hats, etc. and expect to be a little chilly for those days?

In other (related) news, we only have four more days of school. I'll miss the girls A LOT, but I'm also ready to have a break from the long school days. We've decided to homeschool Jadon, Grace and Kaikai for at least the remainder of the school year. I'm super excited about it. I love homeschooling and I think that it will be a great situation for all three of them (and me too!). I was busy last week, training the woman who will be taking over my class for me. She's wonderful and I think that Lily and Yana will love having her for a teacher.

Lily and Grace are quite happy that they will be going to China with us. They can't wait to meet their new brother. My only concern is the quickness of the beginning of the trip. Prayers for all of us would be greatly appreciated!

Adam, Yana and Jadon will be spending part of the time with David's parents, and part of their time with Meredith's family. I think that I can safely say that they will have an amazing time while we're gone! We are going to miss them!

We are having a little problem with our I-800 and I-800A. The embassy in GZ doesn't have a record of them, which is really strange since they issued our article 5 after receiving them (with the NVC letter). So, we're trying to get another copy to them. Would you pray that it gets there on time and without incident?

David and I saw the movie, Lincoln, on our anniversary (December 9th). I have been thinking about it ever since. Lincoln (at least as portrayed by Daniel Day Lewis) was such  a deep and thoughtful man. I find myself quite challenged by his life of great sacrifice and genuine love.

We're going to our local Living Nativity tonight. We have gone every year for probably the past 10 years and it is always very moving. The kids love it and so do David and I!

I had a great time of prayer at the prayer house today, and I wish that I had time to write about it. But, suffice it to say that our God is pretty amazing, kind, gracious and wonderful! Isn't it incredible that He came to earth to live among us?! What love!!!!

Well, I'm sure that's enough odds-n-ends to last you quite a while (if you made it this far!). Blessings on you and your day, friends!


Sally-Girl! said...

I can't tell you how excited I am for you to get your sweet boy. He is beyond precious!!! What a fun adventure lies ahead!!!

Jenn said...

Praying!!! So very excited for you!! And I love that his shirt has a Bible verse on it!!

Peter and Nancy said...

I will pray for your paperwork. That was a very nerve-wracking part of travel for us last time . . . and how awesome that two of your kids will be going along! So excited for you!

Jean said...

So happy that your trip to China is so near- praise God!

Excited for you to homeschool 3 darlings! YAY!!

Saying prayers for your paperwork!

Lisa said...

Whirlwind of blessing!! And some downtime in Guangzhou - perfect!! Can't wait for those China updates!!

Lisa said...

Whirlwind of blessing!! And some downtime in Guangzhou - perfect!! Can't wait for those China updates!!

No Greater Love said...

Love it! :) I can't wait to hear about the prayer house. And of course I'll be praying tons for you while you're gone.

Love you....I'm off to bed. Sooooooooo tired. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

I have your seaweed....hope Caleb doesn't get to it before I can give it to you.

Shonni said...

So excited for you!!! He is so adorable.

James, Dawn and Family said...

We r so excited for you!!

April said...

Sarah,I found your blog through a comment you left on Lisa's blog!! So excited to follow your journey to your new son. He is one handsome, precious boy with a great, joyful smile.
Will be praying for you.

Aus said...

Happy times and great joy for you guys - so looking forward to following your journey. No knowing where you live here in the US - we "wore" our heavy coats on the way out of country and our first few days in China on both trips - then just packed them away - but we did pack much 'lighter stuff' for time in GZ!

hugs - aus adn co.

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