Wednesday, September 17, 2008

We leave in the morning!

My very kind father will be picking Sophie and I up in the morning at 4:30 a.m. to head to the airport. We will fly to Chicago and then at 12:30 p.m. fly straight to Beijing. We will arrive at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, which will actually be your 3:30 a.m here in the states. It will be a LONG flight and I hope we can sleep some!

I am having an emotional day because I am going to miss my family at home so much. I am not a seasoned traveler and I don't go many places without my husband and children. So going for 13 days without seeing them and kissing their cheeks will be hard for me.

We will be in Beijing from 9/19 to 9/23
On 9/23 we will fly to the province where Cate was born
On 9/24 we meet Cate for the first time. Please pray for us this day.
On 9/25 we sign the adoption papers and Cate will be ours
On 9/26 we are hoping to be able to visit her orphanage before we fly to Guangzhou
We will be in Guangzhou until we fly home on 10/1. There, Cate will have her medical exam, get her visa and we have a consulate appointment with the U.S. embassy. Please pray that our paperwork goes well. There is a LOT of it!

I pray that our next post will be from Beijing, China!


Rhonda said...

I can't wait to follow along!!!! Have a wonderful trip and enjoy each moment. It is finally YOUR turn!!! YIPPE!!!!



Erin said...

I found your blog through another adoption blog-and only recently have I read your story. I'm so happy for you! Have a wonderful trip and enjoy your daughter!!

Ruth said...

So happy that you are finally going to get your Cate!! It has been a looonnng wait!! I pray that everything will go smoothly and that you will get to visit the orphange. We did it on the morning before we left for GZ so hopefully it will work out!!!!
Blessings as you travel!!

Sharon said...

I am rejoicing that your day has finally come! Cate will be yours in just a matter of days!
Brinley and Bailey are so very excited that you are going to bring their friend home. They argue over who will be her 'most friend'. I think they mean "best friend". LOL

Sending prayers and love,
Sharon :)

Hayley said...

Hey Miss Kim
I was hoping I would see you again before y'all went to China. Well, I hope y'all have a great time and I know Cate will fit in perfectly with your family. Have a great trip. I will be thinking of you as you make your journey across the world to get Cate.
Love always,

bugs parents said...

We'll be praying for you. We can't wait to finally see pictures of Cate where she belongs - in your arms!

Robin said...


So excited for you. I will be praying that all goes well. I know your family will be in good hands(His Hands). Praying for a safe and wonderful journey.


Kimi said...

I can't wait to follow your journey to your precious Cate.

Safe travels!!


Dawn said...

Oh Sweet Kim,

I am so excited for you to meet your Cate. I am so sorry I didn't email you before you left, but I know you were so busy.

I will be stalking your blog to follow along. I pray everything goes well, and I cannot wait to see Cate in your arms where she belongs!!!


Andrew and Rebecca said...

YEAAAAAAAH! We're cheering you on and wishing all the best for the flight, the meeting w/ Cate and the bonding that will take place! What an incredible journey...mentally and physically!! God bless & protect you, Sophie and Cate! Prayers are with your boys at home, too!
Congratulations and we'll be reading along with anticipation!
Hugs! Rebecca

Sharon said...

Just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and Sophie this morning as you make your way to China to bring precious Cate home.


Cyndi said...

I am praying safe travels for you and Sophie you will do just fine. I can't wait to follow along.

Hayley said...

Hey "Miss Kim",
I was thinking about y'all all day at school today wandering where y'all were now. Pressley says he misses you already. Well i gotta go do homework now. Tell Sophie and "Miss" Cheryl I said HEY. Have great trip.
Love always,
The BEST babysitter every (HA HA HA).

eastandwest said...

We are praying for you and can't wait to follow your journey!

Erin said...

I plan to stalk your blog...take lots of pictures and enjoy every moment! I am so glad to hear you are traveling with your daughter Sophie. That will be wonderful for both Cate and Sophie! happy for you right now!

Sharon said...

We were talking about you at the football game tonight. Wondering where you are right now on your way to Cate. Hoping that all is going well and that you are getting some sleep on the plane.

I think Hayley misses you as much as one of your own children would. She is such a sweetie!


Lilly's Family said...

I have been thinking about you every hour since the time you left SC. When it was 3:30 China time, we were in a van heading back to the hotel, and we all said "They probably are in China now!" We are so happy for you and can't wait to see Cate in your arms!