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Trip to China
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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 Appointment

June 27 ~ Take bus to Consulate, take oath and receive Jude's visa

June 28 ~ Head home on 8:30 AM NWA flight ~ YIPPEEE!

Tori 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 Rescuers"


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