Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Flights are Booked!!

We have dates and our flights are booked!   We will be leaving Chicago on Wednesday, July 11th and will have a direct flight on United to Hong Kong.  We arrive on the 12th and stay that night and the next in Hong Kong, with a day to rest and do some sight-seeing in Hong Kong.  From there, we take a flight on the 14th  to Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province- where we will stay and meet our daughter!   Our gotcha day is scheduled for Sunday, July 15th.  I find it so crazy, but cool, that our LOA was on Evan's birthday, TA on Rick's birthday, and gotcha day will be on Elijah and Jonah's birthday. :)  We had a big birthday celebration this past Saturday for our Landyn who is now 3 and or Elijah and Jonah who will be 4 on gotcha day.  We know my mom will make their real birthday special, but are sad to miss their birthday.  However, we will try to skype with them and they will be getting the best birthday present ever- a little sister!  :)   Back to the travel talk...we stay in Fuzhou from July 14th through the 20th and on Friday the 20th, we fly from Fuzhou to Guangzhou, Guangdong province where we will stay at the Garden and get to meet up with a bunch of other families traveling at the same time as us- can't wait to finally meet them and to see their child/children with their forever families!   There looks to be about 7 families with our agency that week, which would make sense why we had to wait an extra week for a consulate appointment (CA).  Our CA will be on Tuesday, July 24th.  We will then leave Guangzhou (not sure if by train or van yet) the evening of the 25th and head back to Hong Kong where we will spend the night and then take off the next morning on a direct flight to Chicago via United again to Chicago...home sweet home!   We have our hotel booked or Hong Kong and are waiting on travel details from our agency for the in-China part and to see how much we will owe them for that.  We are waiting to hear back from a grant we applied or and should have an answer likely early next week- praying to receive one!   Flights were very very expensive!

So very excited, but so much yet to do- starting my piles for packing and checking packing lists to see what else we will need to bring with us.  15 more days til go time!  Can hardly believe it.   In just 18 days, we will be holding our little girl in our arms- incredible!


  1. So happy for you, Brooke! I'm looking forward to seeing a picture of sweet Lena in your arms! Hugs, Donna

  2. Looking forward to following your journey!!! Blessings!

  3. Hey Brooke, just wanted to let ya know we'll be thinking of and praying for you! Our littlest one is from Fujian too and our guide there was incredible. If you get the same one I'll have you forward a message from our family and youngest! Best wishes on this fun journey!