Tuesday, June 8, 2010


This morning we had an email that our agency had been up all night working on our situation and the other 11 families' situations.

The email had taken her 20 minutes to send as she cried over it.

They had tried everything but neither Nanjing or Chongqing would budge. We were going to have to cancel our trip and the next available CA isn't until July 12.

At 6:45 this morning, Mom had a call saying there was good news now! The China contact had kept working on both offices. Nanjing won't do anything. She told us we are going but will have to do Chongqing first. We can definitely live with that! :)

This afternoon, we received our itinerary!

I think it's safe to say that we really, truly are going. :) I'm feeling better now that we have an official itinerary.

Praise the Lord. He moved mountains for us today! I'm not sure what all happened last night, but I do know that our travel coordinator and our agency's contact worked very hard on our behalf... and we are praising Jesus for that, while we pray for the situations of the families we had really, really hoped to meet.

So finally, here is our itinerary
June 10: Leave our city for Hong Kong
June 11: Arrive in Hong Kong
June 12: Tour Hong Kong
June 13: Flight to Chongqing
June 14: Tour Chongqing
June 15: Tour Chongqing
June 16: Free day to rest.
June 17: ***CHARLIE DAY***
June 18: Go to Civil Affairs for the adoption registration, notarization and apply for child’s passport. (passport will be sent to us)
June 19: Chongqing to Nanjing
June 20: Tour/rest
June 21: ***GRACIE DAY***
June 22: Go to Civil Affairs for adoption registration, notarization and apply for the child’s passport.
June 23: Tour Nanjing
June 24: Tour Nanjing
June 25: Pick up passport, travel from Nanjing to Guangzhou
June 26: TB tests and medical exams
June 27: Tour/shop
June 28: TB test results
June 29: Tour/shop
June 30: Consulate Appointment
July 1: oath-taking ceremony
July 2: Pick up the visas in the afternoon.
July 3: Guangzhou to Hong Kong by train
July 4: Flight from Hong Kong to our city. We land a little after 7:30 PM!



Joy said...

YEAH!!!! God is so great! I am so happy for you that you get to leave on Saturday. I will pray for you on your journey.

Amy said...

saying a prayer of thanks that this all worked out!! can't wait to follow your trip!

jeanette said...

praising God it is all working out. Simply in awe of Him right now. :)

Kim said...

Oh Emily and Pam and Bill!
I will be praying for you ALL and especially for Grace and Charlie on June 17 and 21!!
God's abundant blessings upon you all!
Love, Kim

Taylor said...

So Happy for you I can not wait to follow you will have to keep me up to date I will be in China at the same time in Xi'an at Starfish. I am so happy for you guys congrats on almost being to your precious siblings

Jeanette said...

WOW!!!!! That is so amazing that everything worked out and you still get to go as planned. What a blessing to be with an agency that worked so hard on your behalf to get you guys to China ASAP! We will continue to pray everything goes smoothly and that you have an amazing trip! We love you guys and can't wait until you get home!

Jean said...

I didn't know you were having scheduling problems- I'm so sorry. Thank goodness everything worked out! Woohoo- it's off to China you go!!

Thank you Jesus!!

I am hoping we meet on the 2nd or 3rd in GZ?? We don't have our itinerary yet. We may miss each other by one day- ugh...

Allisyn (aka the Mrs.) said...

God is amazing!!! :)

Vicki said...

Let's pick a day to meet! I can't believe it! your Gracie day is our Jenna day! :)
We also arrive in GZ the same day! email me where you're staying!!!!
CAN'T BELIEVE you're leaving in 2 days!

Beth said...

Cant wait to follow along on another of your journeys!...learned so much from AnnaClaire's journey...missed Kate's as we were in Kazakhstan on our own journey....but cant wait to see your trip to Grace AND Charlie! I think it is very appropriate that you come home on the 4th!! Will be thinking about you and the 2 newest to be US Citizens!!! (PS While you are over there can you talk to China about speeding up a little :)

Best Wishes!!

Anonymous said...

Praising God for his care of the intimate details!

Can't wait to know that Grace and Charlie are home were they belong!

In Jesus,

Janet and Kevin said...

Praising Jesus for you!!!

In Christ,
Janet, Kevin, Ted, Philip, and Elijah

Jenn said...

Yippee!!! We can't wait to follow along and finally see Grace and Charlie with their family. You'd better bet we'll be checking in to see how things go.
Prayers for safe travel and easy transitions for all the kiddos in China.

Stephanie said...

Wow! Praise the Lord for moving those mountains! WONDERFUL NEWS!!! Enjoy this long-awaited trip.

Jaclyn said...

Yeah!!!! So glad this got worked out! I heard from Amy that you'd hit a speed bump but I'm so glad God got you over that one! Yay!

Cannot wait to read all about your time in China!

Safe and happy travels!

Hope for Lucy said...

Praise God for this awesome news! I have followed all your blogs and I cant wait to see Charlie and Grace to become part of your family.
You are one special young lady! Praying for your family!
Green Party of 5ive

Nightingale said...

The Lord is GOOD Emily!! I am so glad you can still go and that your (OUR) amazing agency worked everything out! Have fun! I imagine this was a hard day for you.

I almost feel bad contacting your agency about our referal knowing they are so busy and stressed!!

Kristi said...

Praising God for details already worked out and praying for those yet to be confirmed!

Catherine said...

Praising God for the mountains He has moved for your family!! He is once again showing His Majesty and leading in all aspects of the adoptions of Charlie and Gracie. His timing is always perfect!!

Hannah and I prayed for you tonight and will continue to during your time in China.

Just added you to my sidebar as 'NOW IN CHINA!!!' SO cool!!!

Praying for all of you but in a very special way for Gracie as this has potential to be so much harder on her being that she is older. Has she been taught any English?

Praying for all.

Love, Catherine and Hannah xoxo

Blessed Single Mom said...

That is so exciting. We have an awesome God!!! You will all be in my prayers. I can't wait to follow your trip. My daughter's family day is June 18th.