Welcome to our journey! The decision for us to adopt a child from China has been one of the most exciting things that we have done! We had no idea that a child half a world away could already be in our hearts....this is our journey to bring him home.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Provincial Museum and other stuff :)

Today is our last day in Taiyuan so our guide took us to the Provincial Museum here in Taiyuan.  It is all about the Shanxi Province where Bret is from.  It was a very nice museum and very interesting.
They had strollers there and Bret saw one as soon as we walked in the door and wanted to ride in one.....thank goodness!! :)   He also told our guide that he wanted us to buy one for him too!

 The Provincial Museum is 4 stories!
 A view from our hotel room.  This is on a less smoggy day!

 There are taxi's everywhere!!  And the driving here is terrible!!!
Tomorrow we are flying to Guangzhou to finish the week there and finish everything that needs to be done for the adoption.  We are really looking forward to going there.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bret is officially ours!!

We went to the Civil Affairs office here in Taiyuan and got all of our paperwork done and Bret is officially our son!
We picked him up on Monday and when he walked into the room he had a very mischievous look on his face and was not quite sure what to think of the whole situation!  He did hang on to his orphanage directors hand and didn't really want to look at us at first.  There was another younger man with the orphanage director who we later found out was actually a son on Bret's foster parents that he called his brother.
He really mourned for his foster family for a few hours after we left the Civil Affairs office.  All we could do was let him know that we are here for him and try to make him feel better.   He even went to the phone in our hotel room and tried to call his foster mother.....our guide was in our room when this happened and told us that he said that his brother just didn't want him anymore and that he wants to get rid of him.  Very heartbreaking :(
But, what a difference a day can make.  Tuesday he was a whole new little boy :)  He is such a talker it is crazy!  Oh how I wish I could understand him.  He was having complete conversations with our van driver and the driver was laughing at how he could talk!!  He is starting to say many English words already...among them is car.....he has 2 Hotwheels cars that we sent him and keeps them in his pockets at all times.  Bret is a very independent little guy and is very happy!  He tries to entertain us all the time!  He is going to keep this mama very busy!!
We have a free day today (Wednesday).  Honestly....we are not crazy about Taiyuan.  So busy....people are not one bit friendly....they smoke everywhere....and the city is just not that nice.  We are looking forward to heading to Guangzhou on Friday.   We had dinner last night with a nice couple from Maine....they are going to be traveling on the same flight to sure was nice to hang out with them!!

Here are some pictures from Monday......Gotcha Day!!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City

Today we got up early to go and do some sightseeing.  We first went to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.  So much history and it was so beautiful!  Because it was a Saturday and the start of tourist season here it was packed with people.....mostly asian but quite a few other nationalities too!  Our Guides Tim and Amy are the best here!   They are both so nice and helpful and very informative.  Tim was full of all kinds of facts and talked a mile a minute :)

After we were finished walking around here Amy and Tim took us to a great lunch.  It was served family style on a large lazy susan in the middle of the table.....very delicious food!

After that we went to The Great Wall of China and it was awesome to see! We went to the Juyongguan section.  The last part was very steep!  I chose not to go that part but Gary and Michael did it!  We were all very tired when we got back to our room so we just chilled and watched a movie.....but all fell asleep in 5 minutes :)

Tomorrow we will have to get up at 5 am so that we can meet out guide in the lobby at 6 to fly to our son's province.  We will be meeting him Monday morning!!   Here are some pictures from today.

Friday, March 23, 2012

We made it to China!!!

We are in Beijing now after a very long flight!  We had some major excitement at the end of our flight that made us all jump!  Our plane hit some sort of turbulence and we dropped quite a ways!  At least it made us wake up so that we could get to our hotel!

I will post some more is 1 am here and we need to get some sleep so that we can get back up at 7am to get some breakfast before we go on our tour of The Great Wall and Forbidden City, etc.

Internet is a little slow so hopefully I can get some pictures posted then also!

P.S.  Amanda or Eric if you read this tell each other we made it here!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

On our way to China!!

We are waiting at the airport to board our flight to Detroit and then on the Beijing!  I still can't believe that with all the waiting this day has finally come!

We will be flying on to Detroit and have a pretty good layover.  We will get into Beijing later Friday night their time.  I will try to let everyone know when we get there that we made it safe....that will depend on our internet connection. we come!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Leaving in less than a week!! Our Itinerary!!

Thurs, March 22

Fri, March 23
Leave for China   Fly out of Omaha,NE to Detroit,MI to Beijing

Arrival in Beijing!!!
Radisson Blu Hotel
Group Sightseeing in BJ: TianAnMen Square, Summer Palace in the morning and the Great Wall (Juyongguan) in the afternoon, lunch is included; CHI orientation

Sun, March 25
Flight to Taiyuan,Bret's Province
Shanxi Grand Hotel
Mon, March 26
Meet your child in the morning (24 hour harmonious period)

Tue, March 27
Do adoption procedure (registration & notary) in the morning; Apply for the passport in the afternoon

Wed, March 28
Free day

Thurs, March 29
Sightseeing: Provincial Museum

Fri, March 30
Get all the paper back, Fly to Guangzhou
The Garden Hotel
Sat, March 31
Medical examination for children

Sun, April 1
Free day

Mon, April 2
Recheck at the medical clinic

Tues, April 3
Half day sightseeing

Wed, April 4
Free day/ACS is closed for holiday

Thurs, April 5
Appointment at American Consulate at 8:30am, have interview, take oath and sign papers

Friday, April 6
Receive the visa in the afternoon....take train to Hong Kong

Sat April  7
Departure to US!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

We are officially leaving for China!!!

We are officially leaving to go to China on March 22!!  This is a relief but also I am very nervous about getting all the traveling plans together!!   That means in 2 weeks from tomorrow we will be on our way to get our little guy!   Hang on Bret....we will be there in a little while!! :)

Monday, March 5, 2012

We got our TA!!!!

We got notice today that we received our TA (travel approval!)  We have to wait to book our flights until we get our Consulate appointment....should be getting that in a couple of days!  We have waited for this for so long and it still has to sink in!!  I can hardly believe it!  If everything goes as planned we could be leaving as soon as March 22!!  OMG!  I have so much to do!!  Yippee!!