Friday, December 4, 2009

Getting ready to fly!

So, so sorry if you only follow us on the blog - no info for 3 days - YIKES! We are all set to fly - well, not packed or ready in that sense but booked to fly at least!! Our itinerary is as follows:

Monday 7th .. John and I fly out of MN
Tuesday 8th... arrive in BJ at 11pm! sleep at Angela's (sweet!)
Wednesday 9th ... fly out early Beijing to Taiyuan, Shanxi and MEET Gideon at 10am!
Thursday 10th
Friday 11th ... get passport and have BIG birthday dinner!!
Saturday 12th ... fly to BJ and onto Langfang and MEET Christina afternoon!
dinner with office staff AND Pam Baker
Sunday 13th .... enjoy day at LF and fly to Nanchang in evening
Monday 14th ... province paperwork for Christina
Tuesday 15th ... free
Wednesday 16th ... free
Thursday 17th ...get passport in morning (hopefully .. please PRAY)
Fly to Guangzhou in afternoon
Friday 18th .... Medicals
Saturday 19th .... free
Sunday 20th .... free
Monday 21st .... check TB sites (PRAY) and CA at 10am
Tuesday 22nd ... oath/swearing in at consulate (tissue time)
Wednesday 23rd .... get visas and take train to HongKong in evening
Thursday 24th ...Fly out of HK towards HOME at 8am
Thursday 24th ... arrive at Minneapolis around 4pm

So there you have it - God's unfolding plan for us to bring these two children into our home, our family, our hearts! Please pray for trust in their hearts to feel safe with us - for bonding - for health along the way - for God to continue to work His will as we continue to walk the path of faith!

Now I just have to pack, get the children's new rooms set, get new mattresses, plan for meals for my eldest to cook, list up Christmas gifts for the olders to help buy while we are away, get the tree up so they can decorate it whenever, go and visit my son, his wife and baby Hannah tomorrow ... all day since our kids are DYING to see her, check the bag weight, repack accordingly, stay calm, have a full day of church on Sunday including fellowship at night ..... oh, my, Lord, give me strength for today and hope for tomorrow!!

In His strength and mercy ALONE!!!


  1. WoW! How exciting! Congratulations! It is so wonderful how you are getting two children in the same trip! If you get a chance while at PHF to take pictures of the kids, I would really love to have some pictures of my sponsor child. His name is Tristan (they call him "R-Do")he is in the Samaritan's House Clinic. He is 2 years old and has an arm deformity and just got his cleft palate and cleft lip repair, so it should be easy to spot him. Thanks so much, and enjoy your journey, I can't wait to hear all about it!

  2. Simply amazing!!! Not only to have everything work out so perfectly as only He can do, but to be home together for Christmas!!! Will continue to pray for you all:)

  3. With God all things are possible. Enjoy the miracle that has unfolded around your family. God bless you in your travels.

  4. AWESOME!!! Will be praying for all the details along to way! Merry Christmas!

  5. So happy for you and so excited to follow your journey!!

  6. I have so enjoyed and have been truly amazed by all the prayers God has answered for your family. Simply...well, GOD!! Have a safe and wonderful journey, and I dunno what you're waiting for, but go get those kids alreayd!! lol

  7. Praying for you all! God bless your journey to your two newest children!

    In Christ,
    Janet, Kevin, Ted, Philip, and waiting for Eli

  8. Mary,
    Wishing you safe travels and a smooth transition. Your story has served to renew my faith. I had almost forgotten that miracles happen and God really does hear our prayers. Thank you for sharing your journey.