Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Booked and Ready!

Well friends, we have booked our tickets and hotels! It looks like we will be leaving Wednesday evening. We will be spending the night in Detroit and then heading out Thursday night to Beijing!
We will spend Friday night and Saturday night in Beijing and then wake up Sunday morning and head to Xi'an. We will get Lynleigh Sunday afternoon!!!!! I can't believe it's almost that time!!! Then we stay in Xi'an until Friday and then head to Guangzhou for the rest of the trip. I'm super excited about something that is really stressing Tony...we will have to take an overnight train to Hong Kong for our flight home! I know we won't get to spend any time there but at least I can say we went, right?

There are several scheduled tours for us to take while we are there. It will really all depend on how well Lynleigh is adjusting to us whether our not if we get to go.

I am so grateful to Tony for taking time off work today to plan our trip! That is such a load taken off of my shoulders! 15 days!!!! In 15 days we will travel to China! In 19 days, we hold her for the first time! wow! It's all so real now!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

God Always Provides!

I know I've blogged a few times about how awesome God is and how he continues to provid for this adoption. We are just 18 days from travel and HE is showing us a glimps of what his plan has alway been. You see, God has provided every penny for us to bring Lynleigh home! And the best part, HE always provided it at just the right time! If we needed $250 then we would get $250. If it was time to pay a bill for adoption HE would give Tony over time or we would have a fundraiser. I've probably told you about how HE has worked it out that someone we don't know would want to give us thir frequent flier miles. Or how my dad has enough hotel points to pay for half of our hotel fees! I mean, the list continues! Just two weeks ago, we got a call from the church...an anonimous donor had given $1700 for our adoption! I mean seriously...it keeps going! That money was enough plus some to finish paying our adoption fees. Then, this weeknd, God sent someone interested in buying Tony's car! It wasn't even really for sale! Today, a small group leader that is a good friend said his group always takes a collection each semester and they use it to help a family in need. It was put on their heart to give it towards our adoption! It's enough to cover one night in a hotel! God wants Lynleigh home in our arms...and HE is making that way!

A month ago or so, my mom asked me how we would pay for the remainder of the adoption and my answer was, "I don't know...but Go does!" And boy did HE! It's funny...after last summer, when we tried to refinance our house and I felt the Lord leading us towards a debt free adoption...I didn't really worry where the money would come from. And here we sit...mearly weeks away from holding our little girl and I am in awe in HIS glory!

I didn't really have any news to share tonight...I just wanted to be able to look back at how faithful God has been in this adoption!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Test Drive

I am actually blogging from my email!  I'm trying to figure out everything I need to do before we leave!  We got our consulate appointment (CA) today!  We will be getting Lynleigh's visa on September 28th.  So, it's official that we will be traveling to China on September 15th...getting Lynleigh either on the 18th or 19th (her birthday!)...and then leaving China on September 30th (our 11th anniversary)!  I mean...it couldn't be a better situation...right? 
I can't believe that in less that 20 days we will be headed across the world to encounter a dream that God gave me all the way back when I was about 10 years old!  This really is a dream come true!
And if you can't wait to learn about China until we get there...please stop by my friend, Rita's blog and meet her sweet boy...Michael!  He is SOOOOOOO CUTE!!!!!  You will fall in love with him!  He's doing really well and I couldn't be happier for their family!  Her blog is http://endofthethread.blogspot.com

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

It's Official!

Well, this may come to no surprise to the many of you on Facebook...but we are headed to China on September 15!!!! We are now waiting for our consulate appointment before we can make our travel plans! I plan to start packing this weekend!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Article 5!!

Well, our computer is down so I'm updating from my phone. So, I apologize in advance for what ever happens with the auto correct!!

We are happy to report that we are officially waiting on travel approval! Can you believe it? Lynleigh Ren is just around the corner! What is article 5? I know you're asking that right now. Basically, it means that our paperwork has been handed from the US to the Chinese officials and the US is saying they are done with us and we are approved to come when ever China invites us! So, now we wait! I looked online and the average wait time right now for TA is about 19 days. Some people have gotten theirs in a week! I'm praying to be on the "not" average end of this and know somethin by the end of the week! I'm ready to be on a plane to get our little girl!

As for here at home, I am almost finished with her room! Just need to finish painting a few things and then wait for the custom bedding we are getting from Tony's sister and mom! The boys are so excited they can't wait! We celebrated Brady's birthday last night with a swim party and sleep over. We all survived!

The big news of the week was someone (we don't know who) felt led to donate a large amount of money to our adoption! It was probably the most humbling thing that has ever happened to us! This donation will help us pay the last part of the adoption fee we needed and give us some left over to go towards travel! God has been so cool through out this journey even when it felt like he had forgotten us he privoded!

I hope to have news to post later this week! Keep praying for us!!!