Love From Afar

A family's love for a child begins long before his or her first breath is taken. Our love for Paige began in September of 2004 when we signed the adoption application with Children's Hope International.

Long before Paige was born, her waiting family (Kevin, Carla, Chelsea and Haley) began to pray and prepare for her journey home. Many months, even years, have passed since the application was approved. Birth and marriage certificates were ordered. Passports renewed, seminars attended, documents notarized, certified and authenticated, all as a part of the journey to bring our baby Paige home.

As we mailed our completed dossier to CHI and then on to China in September of 2005, we began to wonder where our little Paige could be. Is she still developing in the womb of her birth mother? Is she being cared for in an orphanage? Is her little ears hearing sounds that will always remind her of her culture? How long will it take to bring her home? All of those questions, could only be answered over time.

Join us in the journey.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Travel Approval Sent from China

We received information today that our travel approvals have been sent from the CCAA office in China. Once Children's Hope International receives the travel approvals, they will begin scheduling our appointments in China. The VERY Tentative Travel Schedule at this point is:

  • Thurs, May 10th, Leave the US
  • Fri, May 11th: Arrive in Beijing
  • Sat, May 12th: Sightseeing in Beijing
  • Sun, May 13th: Fly to Hubei Province
  • Mon, May 14th – Fri, May 18th: Receive Paige and go through adoption processes
  • Sat, May 19th: Fly to Guangzhou
  • Sun, May 20th: Free day
  • Mon, May 21st: Medical exam
  • Tues, May 22nd: American Consulate appointment
  • Wed, May 23rd: Go to ACS to take oath and get Paige's visa
  • Thurs, May 24th Departure to US

These are very tentative and we hope to actually leave for China a couple of days earlier to do some sightseeing on our own.

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