Thursday, March 30, 2006

Leavin' on a Jet Plane

We got the news today on our travel arrangements. Our flight leaves Seattle on Thursday, April 13th. After a brief layover in Tokyo, we arrive in Beijing on Friday, April 14th. In-country details are soon to follow.

However, we do know that our "Gotcha Day" is April 18th. That's when we will receive Lily in Nanchang. And that's really what it's called in the adoption community..."Gotcha Day."

On April 24th, we have our appointment at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou to finish up the paperwork.

Hong Kong is our last stop, and we fly home from there April 26th, arriving back home 15 minutes before we left! Figure that one out. It's not that we will be travelling faster than the speed of light--although that would be nice--it's just that we will cross back over the international date line.

This also means that I will be gone during Holy Week. I'm now on the horn calling fellow pastors to fill in for me during this busy time in the Church. And it will be very different indeed celebrating Easter in China.

Needless to say, we are very excited knowing our daughter will be home in four weeks!


Anonymous said...

Kurt and Julie! I am excited for your news and this blessing that God is granting you and our family. I look forward to seeing Lily when I am home in May -- you will be in my prayers --


Dawn Velzy said...

Hi Kurt,

Just read your March 30th entry. How exciting. Have a safe trip to China and give that little girl a big kiss from her "favorite second cousin!" HA! You know I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you!

Dawn Marie

Linda & Rick said...

Hey, Julie and Kurt congrats on the good news. We will be praying for you when you are on your trip Kurt. Julie don't worry when that little one gets home to you you will have a ball. Lets hope she is not walking yet. That is one of the best parts about little ones. I am hoping to be able to come up there and see that little one soon. God Bless both of you on this big adventure.