Wednesday, May 13, 2015

So what does a China adoption trip look like?

Should I be packing right now? Probably, but this post has been on my mind for several days so here I am, procrastinating from packing. 

After months of waiting and mounds of paperwork, we finally reached the home stretch of our journey. 

In the final week leading up to our departure to China, I have been finishing up work projects, cleaning, shopping and planning out how to pack for five people (one of which we haven't met!).

It can be stressful, so it's best to take it one day at time, make lists and reminders and breath!



Some of my friends ask what I would be pack for a two week trip for five. Below are our suitcases which are still a work in progress and will, of course, be consolidated, but I hope this helps some of you who are traveling in the not too distant future.




















Additionally, I was very excited to receive our beautiful carrier from Lift Me Up: Babywearing to Thrive. A friend told me about this organization and I was excited to learn we would be receiving one! Now we carry our tiny little Eva close to us. 













So with all that said and done, what does our trip actually look like, you ask? Well, let me tell you! ;)

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Friday, May 15 - Depart San Antonio for China at 6 AM! Yep that's right, my friends, I will be getting up at 3 AM. I don't do 3 AM well, just saying.
           
Saturday, May 16 - Arrive in Beijing, China at 9:05 PM (after 26 hours or so of flying and changing planes with two children)
           
Sunday, May 17 - Depart Beijing for Changsha (where our baby lives)
                                   
Monday, May 18 – Friday, May 22 - Adoption process in Changsha which involves various appointments throughout the week to finalize our adoption and receive Eva's passport as well as some sightseeing.

Monday, May 18 - FAMILY DAY!!!

Friday, May 22 - Depart Changsha for Guangzhou via High-Speed Train! Excited!! 
                                 
Saturday, May 23 - Medical exam in Guangzhou
                            
Sunday, May 24 - Sightseeing or shopping                                            

Monday, May 25 - Sightseeing – City Zoo
                                    
Tuesday, May 26 - Visa appointment at U. S. Consulate
  
Wednesday, May 27 - Depart via van for Hong Kong

Thursday, May 28 - Depart Hong Kong at 11:30 AM (after having breakfast with friend who lives in Hong Kong! Yay!) and arrive in San Antonio at 11:34 PM. Wait what? Hah! We are going back in time! 27 hours later, we still arrive in San Antonio on Thursday! 

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Please keep us in your prayers! It is a long journey there and back again. Pray for safety, smooth travel, and most of all, our bonding time. 

Blessings to all,


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