Trip to China
| June 16
| Gotcha Day!
| June 18
| June 19
| June 20
| June 21
| June 22
| June 23
| June 24
| June 25
| June 26
| June 27
June 13 ~ Stefanie and Tori
leave Atlanta at 12:10 PM for their flight to China!
June 14 ~ Arrive Guangzhou
at 10:30 PM, stay at the White Swan
June 15 ~ Hang out on
Shamian Island, get adjusted to the time change
June 16 ~ Fly out of
Guangzhou to Fuzhou at 1:35 PM, stay at the Shangri La
June 17 ~ *~*~
GOTCHA DAY!! Meet Jude at
4:00 PM at CIvil Affairs ~*~*
June 18 ~ Adoption Day!
June 19-22 ~ Sightsee, visit
Gutian CWI, shop and hang out with Jude!!
June 23 ~ Fly to Guangzhou
and head back to the White Swan :)
June 24-25 ~ Shop and eat at
the Cow and Bridge as many times as we can!
June 26 ~ Consulate
June 27 ~ Take bus to
Consulate, take oath and receive Jude's visa
June 28 ~ Head home on 8:30
AM NWA flight ~ YIPPEEE!
and I are so excited to finally be on the way to our precious
Jude! In some ways it feel like we've been waiting forever, but
now that it's here, I truly can't believe the time has come!
It has been 9 1/2 months since we first saw our son's face.
We've been counting down days, marking off each milestone as we
achieved it. But our little guy has not been waiting for us. He
has not been dreaming of us swooping in and taking him away from
the only home he has ever known. This adjustment will probably
be very difficult for Jude. Please pray for his transition into
our family. Pray for his little heart to mend and for him to be
able to trust enough to allow us to love him. He is now 16
months old and I can only imagine how confused he is going to
feel when he has to leave everything he has come to know and
love. Please pray for me, that I would not only have a mother's
love for my new son, but that I would have God's love for him. A
love that is pure, unconditional and unending. I know God has
loved Jude from the beginning of time and that we are completing
His plan for Jude: to be adopted into our family and cherished
always. I pray that, in his heart, somehowJude will know this.
And I pray that I will be the mother that Jude needs me to be,
no matter how stressed, jet lagged or sleep deprived I am! He
needs for me to be strong and patient, loving him and caring
tenderly for him, regardless of how he responds to me or the
huge changes he must endure in the coming days. And I know how
flawed and human I am, I need God's love and strength to help me
be the mom He wants me to be.
Thank you for following along on this journey of ours. We feel
so blessed that we will soon be adding a beloved son to our
family! Ready or not Jude, here we come!
Be brave little one
Make a wish for each sad little tear
Hold your head up
Though no one is near
Someone’s waiting for you
Don’t cry little one
There’ll be a smile where a frown used to be
You’ll be part of the love that you see
Someone’s waiting for you
Always keep a little prayer in your pocket
And you’re sure to see the light
Soon there’ll be joy and happiness
And your little world will be bright
Have faith little one
'Til your hopes and your wishes come true
You must try to be brave little one
Someone’s waiting to love you
Someone's Waiting For You ~ Disney's "The