We made it!

The literal journey began for us on Tuesday flying from Albuquerque to Houston.  Our three little guys were excited to see their Mimi and Pops and of course their Texas cousins!

imageThe little dudes were entertained watching C130s and Black Hawks at the air field as we waited to board.

image They did a  pretty great job on the plane (our 19 month-old little guy is not easy in confined spaces).  Thankfully Southwest has a rather family friendly approach to flying, we haven’t been kicked off a plane yet!  Mark and I got a few zzzz’s after Mimi fed us and helped put the kiddos to bed.  Oh how I miss those boys already!!

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We stared at the back of this seat from Houston to San Francisco (with one thing on my mind), and made a swift connection to arrive in Beijing late afternoon on Thurs.  When jet lagged, let me recommend getting yourself somewhat lost in order to stay awake.  It helps if you find amazing dumplings along the way.

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We are closer than ever before to our Ada!  Here is a pic of her just about 2 weeks ago when she returned to her orphanage.  We had ordered a little party to celebrate coming to get her, but I’d hardly call this cake little!! Glad there was plenty to share!

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One more night in the southwest

We’ve got just one more night in our beds.  After tonight, the next time we will  be sleeping under this roof, we will have all four of our kiddos together!  I have no idea where exactly we will be laying our heads, but I’m thinking that’ll work itself out as we get to know our daughter.  For now our plan is Co-sleeping with Ada.  In the midst of packing, the one thing I’m consciously trying to leave at a home is any expectation.  Sort of reminds me of the birth of my boys, right?  I mean, you write out a birth plan (especially with the first) and maybe you even prep for the second with some greatly helpful (though not fully successful) birth hypnosis, and by the time the contractions have lasted 10 + hours….you just want the little dude out of your body and into your arms! For the love!  Anyway, expectations never helped get those little guys from womb to bassinet.  Prayer, effort and flexibility were the most important things on those journeys, I’m thinking the same applies here.  IMG_3208

Despite my “expectations out the window” approach to all this, I still felt an urge to do some nesting.  Thankfully I had Mimi and Pops around to assist with some picture hanging and crib skirt sewing!  It felt like purposeful waiting…although this week I should probably be packing rather than hanging paper lanterns!  Though we will try to keep Ada near us for bedtime bonding, it is nice to have a place that is all her’s (and a place for all those adorable girl clothes!)

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For those who are interested in our adoption timeline here is a brief overview:

November 2012- Initiated process

July 2013- Home Study Completed

October 2013- USCIS

November 2013- Had our third son (put everything “on hold”)

January 3, 2014- Dossier to China

February 17, 2014- Logged In to CCCWA (in China)

November 2014- Home Study Update, Update of USCIS approval

December 2014- Officially waiting to be matched

May 5, 2015- Received Referral!!  (May 8-found out she had surgery May 4)

May 18, 2015- Referral Acceptance received

July 6, 2015- Travel Approval phone call

July 22-Aug 6, 2015- Travel to China  AND July 26-Family Day!

 

 

Ready or not…

…here we go!  After days of waiting, weeks of hoping and years of praying we are on our way to hold our sweet Ada!  Thank you to everyone who made it a possibility through prayer and encouragement!  We hope to keep you updated as we head to China this Wednesday.  If all goes according to plan, our daughter will be in our arms on Sunday July 26th.  Please pray for:

-the boys who are staying with their Mimi and Pops in Houston (that they’d be happily occupied with cousin-time)

-us, that we’d be grace-filled and compassionate, ready to love our daughter and each other well across the globe

-Ada, that she’d quickly feel comfortable around us and ready to trust us (and that we might get a smile that first day!)