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.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Paige's Passport

We received Paige's passport yesterday (Friday) and flew to Guangzhou today. This was Paige's first airplane ride as well as her first time out of the Hubei province. As you might expect, she slept on the way to the airport and woke up just before we went through security. She was awake during the plane ride which was about an hour and a half. She did very well and even allowed me to feed both her and mom the rice with chicken and vegetables. Once we were on the bus from the airport to the hotel, she fell asleep again.

We will be here in Guangzhou until Thursday. We have a medical visit, visa photo to take, consulate appointment and then hopefully get Paige's visa on Wednesday. We will then fly home on Thursday.