Saturday, September 27, 2008
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
We depart St Louis on Wednesday October 8th at 7:55AM on American Airlines. We change planes in Chicago and head into Shanghai from there. We land there on Thursday the 9th at 2pm. Spend a few days touring Shanghai and getting over jetlag.
Sunday we take the train to Hangzhou and then we meet Ms Mavery Monday Morning, the 13th!! Tuesday we travel to Jinhua, where we will visit her orphanage. Friday night we fly into Guangzhou. Her medical appointment is Saturday. Monday is our Consulate Appointment. Tuesday is our swearing in.
We fly from Guangzhou back to Shanghai on Thursday the 23rd and then fly Shanghai-Chicago-St Louis. We land in St Louis on Thursday the 23rd at 8:20 pm.
On Tuesday the 7th,the night before we leave, the kids will take us to a hotel out by the airport. We thought this would make it easier on all of us. We would have to leave the house so early on Wednesday morning, and I do not want to leave while they are sleeping. Especially Sage as I worry that will make her never want to go to bed again if I leave her that way. So this way they can drop us off Tuesday night and say goodbye. In case you wonder, no, we are not taking any of the children with us. Just Mark, myself and Mavery. We will miss them, but the thought of Sage on a plane for that long, is enough to make me break out into a sweat. No way could she handle it, nor could she handle being out of her bed for that amount of time, or sharing a hotel room, or sitting still for any length of time. Some day we hope we can take both girls back for a heritage tour. When she is OLD and calm. Though I am not sure she will ever be calm! ;0)
Just the 2 of us, for 16 nights, does not sound to bad!
I am working on a travel blog, so will post that soon!
Counting down the minutes!!!
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Saturday, September 20, 2008
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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Monday, September 15, 2008
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Friday, September 12, 2008
Trying to see if I can figure out uploading video to the blog for when we are in China. And thought you might enjoy watching Malaine (back row-left) & Sage, ( no need to point out where she is, can't miss her!) in action at Bible School this summer. Scroll down to the bottom of my blog to pause my music.
Posted at 9:20 PM
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Our Sage has alot to say, and being the princess that she is, what do you do?
While Mark was trying to help her play with the Wii Fit, she puts her hand up and says "Back off Dad, Back off".
While playing with her magnadoodle, she asked me to draw a smiley face. I was trying to stick the pen in the slot and did not "do it right" she said " Like this mom, GEEZ". I said, Sage, we don't talk like that. She said louder. " I said GEEZZZZZZZ"
If she is in the mood for her "mer mer" (pacifier)which we have now taken away unless she is in bed, she will climb up in the cabinets to get it. She climbs in the recliner and tells me "Go away mom, I need to sleep". If I ask her why(because she hides the mermer) she says, "I am just tired again".
She loves to sing and one of her favorite songs is the commercial for our christian radio station "97 7, 94 1, Joy FM. " She has this low voice but when she sings she is a soprano. hehe!
If I am singing she tells me "don't sing, I singing".
Or if Mark is talking to me and she is not in the mood for that, she says, "don't talk to my mama".
She knows where things should be, how they should be and don't dare try to change it.
She is the funniest person I know, hands down. We were ordering one night at Applebees and she sent me into hysterics because she was telling the waitress how it is.
Don't even try to walk by her with out saying hi. She will get you.
My favorite is still "whats that noisy!?" We can't wait till she hears Mavery speaks and asks in her deep voice, Whats that noisy she is saying? hehe!
Posted at 2:00 PM
Monday, September 08, 2008
Oh praise the Lord, we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
We get Mavery on October 13th. I am bawling my eyes out as I write that. It is official, WE GET MAVERY SOON!! No more wondering, we are on our way... We think we will leave here on October 8th and will be home on the 23rd. Working on flights now.
I think reality is setting in. We are going to have FIVE children. We are going to have 2 the same age. We are going to have a 3 year old who does not speak English. We are leaving our kids for 2 weeks. We are leaving SAGE for 2 weeks. I know the others will do fine, I worry more about Sage. She is young, she is attached to me and it is going to be hard. She keeps saying, I go to China on the plane to!? I know she will be fine, but my mommy heart still worries about being away from my kids that long.
Anyways, God is good, His timing is perfect and we know that. Our friends did not find out their CA today, so we are still praying for them to get the same date with us.
Final plans to come soon!
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Thursday, September 04, 2008
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Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Once again I am speechless and in awe of our Father. Even I will admit it is crazy that, yes, right when I can't take anymore, He answers. And I know what it is. There are SO many people who are praying us through this. At this point I am pretty sure those who know me well and have to listen to me whine in person are literally on their knees for us BEGGING God to get me to China so I will just shut up! ;0) We are so thankful for the support we have while we wait for Mavery.
I had no idea the TA was coming. I expected an email or phone call. Nothing, and you know I have checked and rechecked my junk mail, my cell phone, over and over ALL weekend. I was sitting on the couch reading to Malaine and saw the fed ex guy leave a package. Thinking it was for Mark, I was in no rush to go and get it. Eventually walked out and saw it was from our agency. Thinking oh wouldn't it be great, but figuring it was simply some sort of paper or bill or something. But what do I pull out but a letter saying come get your daughter in China with in the next 5 months! It had her tiny picture on it with her information. I was of course shocked and worried that I was reading it wrong and it was not what i wanted it to be or something! But quickly spoke with our agency who confirmed it was the TA and we started looking at the calendar!! Mavery here we come!
So now what? We wait some more. AHHHH!!! But not to long. Today we filled out a form to request our Consulate Appointment. This is our last appointment in China at the US Consulate, where Mavery will become a US citizen. We have requested the week of October 13th, 21st or 28th. We are praying hard for the week of the 13th simply to avoid the trade fair. The next 2 weeks we will probably hit some of it, but hopefully not to much. (expensive hotels) We are supposed to hear by next week what our date is. Then we begin working backwards on our trip. If we get our CA (Consulate Appt) the week of the 13th, that has us leaving on the 1st, if we get the next week, we will leave on the 8th, and so on.
We THINK we will be home with Mavery by her birthday on November 1st, which has been our prayer all along. AND, we are pretty certain that our friends will be traveling with us for Emma! Isn't God GREAT?!
So all this whining, all this waiting, all the dreaming, we know it is coming to an end and our prayers are about to be answered. If things go as WE are praying, Mavery will be in our arms in just over 30 DAYS!!!! Can you believe it! I am feeling a little (ALOT) overwhelmed with all I need to do. What in the world have I been doing for 9 months??? Whining and waiting. Time to get busy!
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