Today we received our travel dates! We have to be in Beijing by April 5. There will be an orientation with other Holt families on April 6 and an afternoon tour of Beijing. On April 7, we will go to our respective provinces and meet our child! April 7 will be "Gotcha Day"!
So, we will be flying out on April 1 to Beijing so that we can do some touring before the orientation. Then, once we are in our province, we will get to plant ourselves there until we leave. Other families going to other provinces will eventually get to Guangdong province, where we are, to finalize their adoptions along with us. We will probably be able to celebrate Easter together with our new children!
The adoptions will be finalized on April 16 (the day Beibei turns 16 months old!) and we will fly out on the morning of April 17 to Hong Kong and then on to Chicago and arrive in Omaha in the early evening!
So that, in a nutshell, is our trip. And the countdown begins.......
All along I've been saying that whenever we go to China, it will be the "right time". Well, this is definitely the RIGHT time for us to be going to China. We are going just in time to meet Beibei before she turns 16 months old. We will be able to see some of the chaos that is part of the International Trade Fair. It starts April 14th and we will leave on April 17th. (I believe it runs through the rest of April.) So we will have to pay the higher hotel prices for only about 3 nights. We have both been sick with colds so hopefully we won't be sick IN China. We should be over our colds before we go. We will get to celebrate our first major holiday with our new daughter and our new friends (the other families completing their adoptions at the same time). And going at the time we're going allows us to get in on some things here before we go (a meeting at Nebraska Children's Home on the 16th, a Christian comedian at our church [COME SEE JEFF ALLEN, March 19th at 7 pm, ONLY $10 to get in! BRING FRIENDS! @ St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 15050 Maple], Tony's ETI for racing, a Matco sales meeting on the 28th...) and also allows time for Tony to work with his customers and give them plenty of notice of when we'll be gone. Granted, we would have gladly missed some of these things to go sooner but God knows what He's doing! We were meant to go to China at this time.
I know! Flossie! Flossie Pearl was my great grandmother's name! Isn't that a great name? Any comments?