Thursday, November 29, 2007

Here's the plan....

We've been so busy making airline reservations, buying necessities, and tying up loose ends that we've neglected to share our plans. In case you're wondering, the itinerary is as follows:

Wednesday, December 5th - we'll fly out early in the morning....(but we loose about 14 hours this day)
Thursday, December 6th - we'll arrive in Beijing, just in time to go to sleep, though our trip is actually in the neighborhood of 26 hours
Friday and Saturday, December 7th and 8th - we'll tour Beijing, all the while adjusting to the time difference
Sunday, December 9th - we'll fly to Guangzhou to meet our travel group (a bunch of folks who have waited quite a while to be united to their children!)
Monday, December 10th - we'll go to the Civil Affairs office to meet and bring home Emmy Xiang!
Tuesday, December 11th - we'll sign all the official paperwork, and she'll forever become a member of the family!
Wednesday, December 12th - we'll apply for Emmy Xiang's passport
Thursday, December 13th - Emmy Xiang's medical exam
Friday, December 14th - more official papers
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, December 15th-17th - free time to explore Guangzhou
Tuesday, December 18th - we'll get Emmy Xiang's passport (now, THAT's efficient! In the USA, her sisters' passports took 13 weeks, not just days!)
Wednesday, December 19th - US Consulate appointment (which we don't even attend!)
Thursday, December 20th - off to the US Consulate to take the oath (not sure exactly what we promise here....I'm sure we'll be informed!)
Friday, December 21st - we'll jump on a plane (or two or three or four) and fly home!

WHEW! I'm exhausted already! However, we are so excited to be this close to bringing home our daughter. God's timing is truly perfect.

Please, please, continue to pray that Emmy Xiang's transition would be easy for her. Also, please pray for her foster family. They surely will grieve her absence. Thank God, along with us, for their love and care for our daughter. And lastly, please pray that we would have safe travel to and from China, and that we would glorify God as we seek to serve Him in whatever ways we might in this journey. Pray that HE would receive all the praise, for it is only by His grace that we have this precious gift.

Thank you, friends and family, for your loving support, incessant prayers and your godly encouragement. You are all evidence of God's grace in our lives!

5 comments:

Ladyblog said...

How exciting! I am so happy for your family.
~Rebecca

Brandi said...

Thank you for all the information! It will be helpful to know how to pray for you each day. God is just so kind. I am overwhelmed at this amazing journey you have been traveling ever since we met you! It is finally here and she will be yours in a matter of days! God is SO good! We love you guys so much and are so very thankful to call you friends and watch you walk this out with such faith and trust in your Savior!

Blackman Blog said...

DITTO TO BRANDI'S COMMENT. AND I FEEL SO TIRED FOR YOU AFTER READING THIS. BUT IT WILL BE THE BEST TIRED EVER!!! HOW EXCITING. GOD IS SO GOOD AND EVER FAITHFUL. HOPE TO SEE YOU IN THE MORNING AT THE PARADE. IF YOU CAN PENCIL US IN!!! :) LOVE U!

Kelly said...

We are so excited for you guys! We were talking with the Walker's about you guys this morning about how excited we are for your whole family. You are in our prayers!
David and Kelly

Jennifer said...

I'm in tears and my heart pounding as I read your blog and imagine what it will be like for you all anticipating seeing her and then seeing and holding her for the first time. Aaaahhhhh! We love you and feel like the the boys will have one more precious "Brown" girl to love and enjoy. (and David and I, too, to be sure). Jen