Monday, February 6, 2012

I've got a golden ticket!

I still haven't gotten around to telling the complete story of the paperchase, which I still want to do, but in the meantime, there is a BIG NEWS:


TA, for people who don't speak China Adoption, is TRAVEL APPROVAL, the last piece in the paper chase puzzle that started almost a year ago!  China says "Come and get her!!"

So, here is the travel plan:
2/22/ (yes, in just over 2 weeks, if you are counting) -- Depart Dulles for Beijing.  You fly non-stop for 14 hours and arrive the next afternoon, because of the time difference.
2/23 - 2/25 -- Sightseeing (and adjusting to the time change) in Beijing - Forbidden City, Great Wall, etc.  (Much to Joy's disappointment, not the Terra Cotta warriors, which are far away in Xi'an).

2/26 -- Fly to Hohhot, Inner Mongolia.  Bundle up -- temperatures in the single digits!  Brrrrr!

2/27 (three weeks from today!) -- Getting Gracie Day!!

2/28 -- Paperwork to make us a family forever!
3/2 -- Fly to Guangzhou (southern China) for the US part of the paperwork.
3/6 - Consulate appointment -- Grace's "swearing in" that allows her to become a citizen
3/7 - Pick up Grace's visa and head out for an overnight in Hong Kong, then fly home, arriving approximately 3 hours after we left (after about 16 hours of flying, including a quick layover in Tokyo and a 13 hour time difference).

WOW!  It's really, really happening!


  1. I'm here! I'm not a crafter either. So this blog and your pictures will tell Grace's story!

  2. Oh! You're going through Hong Kong on your way home! Lucky you! We really wanted to do that, but couldn't make it happen.

  3. YAY! YAY! YAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!! I'm SO happy for you!!!!!!!!!! Can't WAIT to follow along!