Friday, December 30, 2011
Today was Brian's last day of work until JANUARY 30th!!! I'm so excited! Grandma cooked gumbo, Allison made brownies, I thawed the red velvet cake gifted to us by Carter Benton, and cooked some Japanese rice to go with it(: ONLY in Louisiana. Celebrate tonight and then complete all continuing ed. for nursing license just in case I ever want to escape back to labor and delivery. It's due Jan. 1st. I've only had a year to complete it. Kinda been busy...
Tomorrow Allison thinks she needs to visit the Warrens and their beautiful babies just home from China. Onto the Fowlkes for more gumbo and fellowship with great friends.
Sunday...We will give thanks for this amazing year and ask Pastor for a prayer covering for the next couple weeks as we travel.
Monday & Tuesday...SERIOUS packing and preparation going on.
Wednesday...Is William's day!!! I miss him already. Drop puppies off to be boarded. Load the van of ALL suitcases. Church and then to Pop's to spend the night with William.
Thursday...6AM we board a plane to CHINA! waahooooo!
1/6...Arrive in Beijing
1/7...Tour the Great Wall
1/8...Fly to Zhengzhou - this is the capitol of Henan (where the babies are from).
1/9...GOTCHA DAY! We get both babies! Praise God!
1/10...Finalize Chinese side of adoptions.
1/11-12...Free time/rest = shopping.
1/13...Receive passports and fly to Guangzhou (where the U.S. consulate is).
1/14...The baby's visas and physicals are done.
1/15...Free day = shopping. Can you say squeaker shoes?
1/16...TB test for Adaline.
1/19...Consulate appointment. In the afternoon we will return to the U.S. Consulate to take our oath. Officially Adaline & Wen's parents!!
1/20...Receive their passports.
1/21...Take the train to Hong Kong, yay Corbin!!
1/22...Find something cool to do in Hong Kong.
1/23...Fly home to our William! Family of seven!
Their beds are made. This Mama is ready to get on a plane already. Thank you for praying and thinking of us. We are getting crazy excited!!!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
|I love this little boy more than he loves opening presents or trains...thats a lot!!!|
|They think they are too cool for pics. That's why I usually only post pics of the boys. This is Allison and Bri waiting for the dirty santa game to begin. They are with the adults now, oh my! Adaline will be in between them next year eeeeekkkkk....|
|Both sitting and looking at the camera...priceless!!! Can't wait for Wen to be sitting with them!|
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
AND we get to be with our William Cole for Christmas. Thank you all so much for praying for us. We will let you know as soon as we get our travel dates. We are going to CHINA!!! Not much longer Adaline and Wen....
This little guy has no idea so many people are praying and begging God to help us bring him home. He doesn't have an understanding of the preparations being made for his arrival. The bed that is already made or the clothes hanging in his closet. Tonight I pray God please prepare his heart for our arrival. Comfort Wen as he is taken from all he has ever known. Please give him a peace during his first few weeks with us while he learns and grows to love us. I also pray for his Nanny that she will know he is loved and she will feel comforted by you as she grieves Wen's absence. I praise you and worship you Lord. In your name, Amen
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tonight I came across a new picture of our Wen dated 12/5. He is so precious. I love his chubby cheeks. He is totally a Smith. He appears to have layers of clothes and two bibs on. Lol...He won't know what to do with a T-shirt and flip flops on. Mama will teach him hehe.
Months ago we were trying to decide on a name, I came across the story of Hannah crying out to God for a child. While we have three children already, I was still crying out to God. There was/is no doubt in my mind that our quiver was not full. As soon as we got our referral his name was settled. I'm not even sure about who said Wen. I wanted Samuel in there somewhere. So here is a precious pic of our baby of the family Samuel WenHao Smith....
"I prayed for this child, and God gave me what I asked for." 1 Samuel 1:27 MSG
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I can't even describe the intensity of the wait. We know that other people are getting their TRAVEL APPROVALS on day nine or ten. We are currently on day eleven. This could possibly take a month (not that I am speaking this into existence). I actually rebuke the thought of waiting another week. This is how our day is going. Wake up...please Lord, check email, eat not so healthy breakfast, check email (yes I have email on my phone), put clothes in dryer, check email, write out fractions for Allie to practice, check email, eat animal crackers with Corbin that I don't even like, oh check email again, text other Melissa Smith (yes there are two of us, with same agency, girls in same orphanage, timelines essentially the same, we must travel together), naptime....that's as far as we have made it....
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
I ordered these two packages for our China babies. I used Ann with Redthreadchina.com. She is awesome and super sweet! The red bags are for anything they "might" be allowed to take with them. In their letters I asked for their measurements. I thanked them for caring for our babies and told them we were excited. I also told them we would be there in four to six weeks....OH MY! I can't tell you how excited I am to get on the plane. Please pray with us for God's timing and for me to understand it hehe...I would leave tomorrow if they would allow it. Not too much longer. Allison has pulled out the Asian Cabbage patch doll for Adaline (thanks Grandma) and lots of cute bibs for Wen. He has a bib on in every pic, even his sleeping pics. As soon as we get measurements, their clothes go in the suitcase to share with Corbin.
Come on Travel Approval!