Thursday, December 31, 2015

We made it!

Just a quick update:

After a very busy day of traveling, we made it to Beijing! Because of the weather in Chicago, our flight was delayed in Indy and Chicago. Our flight was long, but we made it safely last night. We met our guide at the airport and she and her driver took us to our hotel. We are ready to get a good nights rest!!! Tomorrow we will do some sightseeing around Beijing!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Here we go!!!!

This is it!!!! Tonight I checked off the last item on our "to do" list!!! Tomorrow morning we will get up early to make the drive down to Indy to which we catch a flight to Chicago and then fly from Chicago to Beijing!! Tonight we had or last dinner at the table as a family of 5!! Next time we eat a meal together it will be as a family of six and every seat at our table will be filled!!! That is so exciting and at the moment hard to wrap my head around! It's here!!!!

It's crazy to think that this is finally happening! Everything we have imagined is about to become a reality! Our emotions are all over the place! December 30th will not only celebrate our marriage, but now will hold a special place in our hearts as the day that we began this last leg of the journey to bring home our final piece to our family puzzle!!

We are so excited to get on a plane!!! I will try my best to send daily updates on here! So please check in if you would like to see all our adventures. You can also subscribe to our blog to receive updates by email:) I'm not sure if we will be able to get on Facebook but will link my blog if possible.

After we get Myla on Jan.4th she will be with us the rest of the trip. She will be legally adopted that day according to China. She will be legally adopted by the US and a US citizen on January 11th. And just as a note the time difference is 13 hours!! A rough outline of our travels is listed below! We love you and are so thankful for all of you!!! We couldn't not have done this without you!! We can't wait to introduce you to her when we get home!!

12/30 flights to China

12/31 arrive in Beijing

1/1 sight seeing day

1/2 sight seeing day

1/3 flight to guiyang province where Myla is

1/4 1:30p travel to civil affairs office to get Myla

1/5 return to civil affairs office to finish paperwork

1/6 possibly a visit to her orphanage

1/7 flight to Guangzhou for US consulate appointment

1/8 Myla's medical appointment and visa paperwork

1/9 rest day

1/10 sight seeing day

1/11 consulate appointment @8:30a

1/12 pick up Myla's visa

1/13 fly home from Hong Kong!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A special Christmas

I will keep this short and sweet!

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas!

Happy Anniversary!

Happy New Years! 

to us! We found out yesterday that we will be boarding a plane to China December 30th to bring home Myla!!!!!!!!

I love the holidays but am so anxious now to get them over with!!! We have A LOT to do now to prepare the last minute details before we leave! 

And it will be super special to celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary on a plane! Next year is our 10 year so that will be hard to top after this trip!:)

Anyways! Wanted to let everyone know our wonderful Christmas news!!!! We will keep you updated with information as we get it! 

Thank you for your prayers and support!! Love you all!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Quick update!

Things have been moving quickly once again these last few weeks! I guess when you are obedient to what God calls you to; he will make it all happen and fall into perfect place! We filled out Myla's visa paperwork last week and sent it in. Then we also had our paperwork sent to Guangzhou for our article 5 approval. For us,  this was the last set of paperwork that was to be filled out. This morning we found out that our article 5 has been sent on for approval and we are just awaiting our travel approval from China giving us permission to enter the country. Once we have our travel approval in the next (1-3 weeks) we will pick our US consulate appointment at the US embassy and get our flights arranged!!!! With the expedite letter that we have written that could help speeds up the travel approval. We could definitely be leaving the end of the month if all works out!!! The earliest they thought we could leave would be the 30th which would be super special! That is Our 9th wedding anniversary!!! So ready or not, we are getting on a plane SOON to bring Myla home!!! We are so excited, nervous, anxious, and so many more emotions! Can't wait to begin 2016 as a family of 6!!:)