Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Let me just say that pictures do not do it justice. It is so massive that you only catch pieces of it in any one photograph. We climbed up to the first watch tower, but that was as far as our tired legs could take us. Thankfully, it as sunny, but the wind made it quite cold.
From the Great Wall we made our way to the Summer Palace. It was built by Emporor Qianlong for his mother's 60th birthday. There is a massive lake on the property that was peppered with paddle boats. Along the lake is a long corridor which holds the Guiness Book of World Recofrds longest corridor award. Each beam and cross beam is beautifully painted. It was a beautiful day for having a leisurely walk along the lake.
Lastly, we attended the Chinese Acrobat show which was great. The acrobats are amazingly flexible and strong!
I am so tired I can't think straight right now, so I'm going to close. I will try to post more later as my brain becomes less foggy.
And to update you all on what happens next...
We will check out of the hotel tomorrow morning and visit Tianamen Square and the Forbidden City. From there we travel to the airport. Our flight for Guangzhou leaves around 3:15 tomorrow afternoon. We get Sophie on Monday!
Thanks for all of the comments you all are leaving. We have loved reading each one!
Friday, March 26, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Our bags are packed, and I think we have everything ready to go! We leave bright and early Thursday morning from Mobile and land in Beijing Friday night around 10:40pm, which is 9:40am here! It will be a long day, but we are so ready to go, to take this step into the next chapter of our lives.
We would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during these past 4 years. I'm sure there are more of you than I know, but we do appreciate them so much. We would have never made it to this point without each of you, but please don't stop praying now! Pray us all the way there and all the way home. Pray for Sophie, as she has just been moved from her foster home to the orphanage. Pray for peace for her and for us as we meet each other for the very first time. Pray for safety for all of us.
Everyone keeps telling us how much our lives are about to change. I'm ready for it!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
March 25 and 26 - Fly to China
March 27 - Sightseeing in Beijing (Great Wall, Summer Palace, Acrobat Show)
March 28 - Sightseeing in Beijing (Forbidden City, Tianamen Square, Temple of Heaven)
March 28 - Fly to Guangzhou
March 29 - Meet Sophie
March 30 - Finish China Adoption Process and Passport Photos
March 31 - Apply for Passport
April 1 - Sightseeing
April 2 - Sightseeing
April 3 - Sightseeing (travel to Shantou to visit orphanage on one of the sightseeing days)
April 4 - Sightseeing
April 5 - Free Day
April 6 - Physical Exam, Receive Passport
April 7 - Apply for Visa
April 8 - Swearing in Ceremony
April 9 - Receive Visa and Take Train to Hong Kong
April 10 - Fly Home - Arrive back in Mobile at 9:06pm
We are so excited!! In 10 days we will hold our baby for the first time!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Here is the schedule so far:
March 25, 2010 - Fly to Beijing
March 28, 201o - Travel to Guangzhou
March 29, 2010 - Gotcha Day!!! This is the day we meet Sophie!
April 7, 2010 - Consulate Appointment
April 10, 2010 - Fly Home!