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China – the plan

January 5, 2009

Let me try to answer some of the questions I have been asked.

We are leaving early Wednesday morning from our local airport and we will fly to Atlanta then to Newark and then over the top of the globe to Beijing. Caleb our middle son is going with us. That decision seems strange to many. We were not going to take any of the kids but due to it being helpful for Rachel to see another child with these people who she is being sent away with, it is a great opportunity for anyone to see China. It would be difficult to keep up with all them and give her the attention she needs and the cost would be very difficult as well. We prayed about this and Eli our oldest actually suggested Caleb. He is very good at always playing with younger ones, so to us this all makes sense.

We will be in Beijing seeing some of the sites until we fly on Saturday night (China time: Think 14 hours ahead of Central Time). Sunday will be getting used to Wuhan and trying to sleep before the big day. Monday morning (we believe) we will go to a government building and someone will open the door to the room we will be waiting in and we will go to the door, and there we will be handed our daughter!

****** We would very much appreciate your prayers. Both for safe travels, our boys at home but mostly for Rachel to somehow be prepared for this HUGE change in her life.

The rest of that week will be spent taking care of paperwork there in Wuhan, touring the orphanage, seeing some sites around the area and getting to know each other.

We will fly to Guangzhou (home of the US Consulate) on 1/16 and we will be there taking care of all the necessary steps for Rachel to become a US Citizen.   On the 21st we will take a train to Hong Kong and then the next day starts the long trip back home.

We will be posting updates as often as we can.  At this point I think we will probably post all the updates at Kim’s blog Innocent Lamb

I will try to either note here that there is a new post or copy it.

We are packing (people go to war with less stuff) and trying to get last minute things crossed off our list.  We have wired our money, have our plane tickets, bought apparently one of everything in Walgreens, packed voltage converters, mentally prepared for a huge range in temperatures and even have a portable pulse oximeter so that we can get an idea of how Rachel’s heart is doing.

Hopefully I will post again before we leave.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2009 9:12 am

    Hard to believe it is finally here. I will be praying. What an amazing journey.

  2. January 5, 2009 9:06 pm

    Praying!
    Jo Ann

  3. January 6, 2009 8:39 pm

    Praying–so excited for you all!!

  4. Pilgrim permalink
    January 7, 2009 3:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing this information. I am thinking of you and praying for you all.

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