Thursday, May 31, 2007

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TODAY WAS THE LAST DAY!!!!!!!!!!! I can hardly wait to wake up in the morning and leave. Even though we have a HUGE day of travel, I still can’t wait to officially leave.

Today we had our swearing in ceremony which allows Mia to become a citizen when we land or something like that. We had to take an oath in a room with about 100 other adoptive families. It was nothing big but it was a cool thing to be in that room at the US consulate and have everyone take the same oath at the same time. We also got Mia’s official visa. It is in her passport and she looks so cute in her little picture. We also got the “official” brown envelope that we cannot open or even think about opening. It is for the customs officials to open when we go through. If we open it bad things happen—not sure what but they warned us not to open it.

After the Consulate appointment we came back to the hotel and started packing. We then went and took our red couch pictures and then went to dinner. OUR LAST DINNER!! I took some video as we walked home of the town. I also took some of our hotel lobby. We are now trying to get Mia to bed so we can finish packing.

We have an early morning. Our luggage is being picked up from our room at 8:30am and then we meet our guide in the lobby at 9:30am and then we go to the airport in Guangzhou. Our flight leaves at 11:30am and we arrive in Hong Kong around 12:15 or so. We then have a 4 hour wait until our flight takes off to take us form HK to LAX. We leave Hong Kong at like 4:20pm on Friday afternoon and we arrive in LA at 2:20pm on Friday afternoon. We gain a day plus 2 hours—cool!!!

So, we need some major prayers for Mia on this long journey. She and I both have caught a little bit of a cold and she has the stuffy nose and I don’t think is feeling 100%. I of course being the prepared mom I am came with a supply of baby Benadryl to drug her on the flight home, but pray that she actually sleeps and does well with the descent. She had trouble the one descent we had into Guangzhou so we pray the 2 descents we have tomorrow will be ok on her ears.

We are really looking forward to finally getting home. I can’t wait to see the boys and all our friends and family. Laila, Cassie, Mom and Dad, I will call you in our morning which will be about 4pm Thursday your time to make final preparations for you to pick us up. Remember to get my car out of the shop if you have not already. I am sooo looking forward to seeing you all and I guess this will be my last post in China.

As I mentioned, this has been an amazing journey that has taken the better part of 2 years. It has had its ups and downs but has lead us to the final piece of our family—our little girl. When I reflect on why we could not get pregnant for so long and the long bumpy wait that started at 6 months and extended to 19 months and then being skipped—it just culminates in a perfect wonderful divine plan that God intended us to find the final link to our family half way across the world. All in his perfect timing. I am so thankful for this experience and every bumpy part of it. I am so thankful for Mia’s foster parents and the wonderful care they took of our little girl for the first 6 months of her life. Mostly, I am so thankful for Mia’s birth mother and the sacrifice she made by giving Mia up. She lovingly placed Mia in a pink padded outfit and wrapped her in a blue blanket and put her in a place she was sure to be found. Mia was healthy and well taken care of. We will never know the reasons why Mia’s birth mother gave her up but we do know that she was loved and in turn is an amazingly beautiful little baby who is happy, playful and a joy to be around. She is everything we ever hoped for and more. We are eternally grateful to her birth mother, her foster parents and the support she received from the Yueyang County Orphanage.

I will update our blog as soon as we are home. Thank you to all of you who supported us on this journey. It has been amazing and we are so thankful for all of your love, prayers and support. It has been felt half a world away.

With Love and Gratitude,



  1. So excited you're coming home! I love the pics of Mia in the red dress. Such a big smile! I may come back to california for a few days next week (but not for sure yet). If I do, I so want to see you guys and Mia. Lots of love, Lo.

  2. Congrats on a wonderful journey. I enjoyed seeing and reading about it each day. Prayers will go up tonight for ya'll to have a safe and restful return. And reading your post about God's perfect timing was so needed as we are still on this roller coaster and what we thought would be 10 months will be more like three years. In His timing and in His hands,

    Sheryl in GA

  3. Nice Post! Travel Safe! I hope Mia does well! Thank You so much for sharing your gorgeous daughter!

  4. have a safe journey home, thanks for blogging your trip so well, I have enjoyed every part of it!

  5. I'm so excited that you finally have Mia! I've kept up with you since you were skipped and have hoped and prayed for you throughout this whole process.

    Congratulations, Mia is beyond beautiful and I'm so happy for you!

    -Karen in MN