From an email:
If things go smoothly, we’ll be landing Saturday around noon. Since it will be 2 a.m. Sunday in China, we’ll be pooped! I’ll try to stay up until 6 p.m. or so after I get home.
Weather had been hot & humid until yesterday, when it rained quite a bit. Today (Thursday) was cool, and it rained most of the day, heavily at times. Since we were shopping, packing, and visiting, it didn’t matter too much. We took a 45-minute bus ride to downtown Guangzhou to the U.S. Consulate for families to get their children’s visas and take the oath (stating that all information provided was correct & truthful). The round trip, waiting, and actual procedure took most of the afternoon. It’s a formality once the massive paperwork is finally finished and accepted.
Tomorrow will be packing, visiting, a few “errands”, a departure meeting, and a nice group buffet dinner at the White Swan Hotel. We’ll be too keyed up to go to bed early. We have to have big suitcases in the hall before bedtime. Then we’ll leave the hotel at 5 a.m. Saturday for a three-hour bus ride to Hong Kong with two Customs stops. Could be a long morning. Originally, we were going to fly–but this is probably better.
We’ll have to see if everything fits in the luggage (Clark bought one suitcase.) Tessa and her big sister Celia will have lots of fun new clothes and Chinese souvenirs to enjoy!
Looking forward to talking to and seeing you all.
It’s been an amazing journey. I’m so thankful that Clark & Janet asked me to be a part of it. Bringing Tessa home, visiting some of China’s great tourist sites, seeing some of the “real” China (according to our Chinese translator), eating a variety of new delicious foods, meeting many kind Chinese people, sharing with the families in our group, and feeling the children being loved and cherished by their adoptive parents….have all mad this a unique and most special voyage of the heart.
Please pray for a safe journey home for us. Your thoughts & prayers have meant a lot to us.