This is my last post (for a while at least) from American soil! Yes, our bags are packed and most of our carry on stuff is ready. I'm wrapping up a few things at work today and then the real adventure begins.
There are so many emotions swirling around inside me and I know Jenna feels it too. There's excitement, nervousness, FEAR, self doubt etc. Prayers for all those are needed. If you need a reminder, you can find our specific prayer requests here.
After my post on Sunday, I have learned I'm not alone in these feelings. I guess I never stopped to think that anyone else might have these feelings because so many families I have encountered are beyond excited. And we are...it's just mixed in there with a bunch of other stuff. But I'm so glad to see those comments knowing we are NOT alone!
I know a bunch of you are following along, so I wanted to post our itinerary here. China time is 13 hours AHEAD of our time here. So at the time of this posting, it's 7pm on Tuesday night in China.
Leave Nashville at 7:40am (United) to Chicago for arrival in Chicago 9:27am
Leave Chicago at 1:00pm to Beijing, China
Thursday, 3/15 (Now, China time)
Arrive Beijing at 3:40pm
Depart for the Novotel Beijing Peace hotel
Dinner and rest
Breakfast and rest
Afternoon Hutong tour of old Beijing and lunch
Tour Great Wall of China, Tienanmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and lunch
Depart Beijing for Nanjing (Jiangsu) at 10:45am to arrive at 12:45pm
Arrive at Mandarin Garden Hotel, lunch or dinner and rest
GOTCHA DAY!! Forever in our arms.
*Kylie's orphanage is 3-4 hours away, so we expect the timing to get Kylie will be later in the afternoon. As soon as I know, I'll try to post some times!
Quick Wal-Mart run for Kylie essentials!
Bonding at hotel
Tuesday, 3/20 - Wednesday, 3/21
Bonding at hotel
Other Nanjing sightseeing and adoption stuff (more to come on this).
Orphanage Visit (travel 3-4 hours to Kylie's orphanage in Lianyungang City)
Flight to Guangzhou, Guangdong (times forthcoming)
Arrive at The Garden Hotel in Guangzhou
Dinner and rest
Saturday, 3/24 - Monday 3/26
Guangzhou sightseeing and shopping
Other adoption paperwork and stuff (medical visit etc.)
Consulate Appointment (this finalizes the adoption on the US side).
Pick up Kylie's Visa and take afternoon/evening van ride (about 4 hours) to Hong Kong.
Arrive at the Marriott Hong Kong Hotel
REST and pack up!
Flight departs Hong Kong at 11:10am
Arrive Chicago on Thursday, 12:37pm
Clear customs, grab some...lunch? dinner? Who knows!
Depart Chicago at 4:50pm to NASHVILLE!!! We are almost there!
Arrive Nashville, United flight 5825 at 6:17pm
WE ARE HOME!!! HOPE TO SEE YOUR SMILING FACE AT THE AIRPORT!!!!
We would love to see anyone and everyone who wants to welcome us at the airport. I can assure you, seeing your sweet faces will be the best thing in the world after being gone so long. I will probably weep with joy. I totally wish I was kidding! And if you have cameras or video, bring those! We have a photographer friend coming who will be getting shots of all of you and us, so come with a smile!
Also, as we journey, please feel free to comment on our blog while we travel. The comments really do make a huge difference. And if you need me, email me at sandysignr AT charter DOT net. I'll have access to that email.
Away we go!!!!