Travel plans are underway. We are only responsible for booking our flights to and from China. All of the rest of the trip is handled through our agency. We have our flights booked and are waiting for the details regarding our time in China. We do know that we will fly out of our local airport and connect in Chicago with our flight to China. Our first stop is Beijing where we will spend a few days with some friends, see a few sites in the area, and most importantly, recover some from jet lag.
From there we head to Shanghai where we will finally meet our daughter. Once we meet her, she will be with us for the rest of the trip. Our time as a family of two is coming to an end very soon. We will be in Shanghai for about a week. While we are there we will complete the Chinese paperwork for the adoption and getting her passport.
From Shanghai we head to Guangzhou. This is where the US consulate is located. All adoptive families from the US must go through Guangzhou. During our week there Brooke will have a physical and TB screening, we will process the US paperwork so that when she arrives in Chicago she becomes a US citizen, participate in an interview at the consulate and receive her VISA. After this is done we will head to Hong Kong.
We have decided to spend an extra day in Hong Kong before flying home. We will spend that day at Disney. It is a small Disney park but will give us the chance to relax, have some fun with Brooke and get tired out before the long flight home.
At each city we will have days that are filled with official adoption proceedings and other days when we are waiting for something to get done. On those days we will get to see China and explore the area. I’m sure we will have a lot of stories to tell when we get home.
Please pray for:
- Brooke as she goes through so many changes in her life over the next month.
- Safety as we travel.
- All the details of the trip to be done easily.
- Dennis and Ellen as we get ready to travel and as we help Brooke through her transition into our family.