Thursday, May 11, 2006

Not a ton to update today. We are waiting for our E-tickets to arrive and then it will really seem real.

We know for sure that one family is traveling with us and that will be nice. I know so many of you have been praying a long with us for the Bonks. They have take a leap of faith and purchased Adoption fare tickets on Northwest so that WHEN their Travel approval comes they are all set!!! The nice thing with Adoption fare tickets is that you can change them or cancel them with no penalty!!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Here is our little sweetie!!!

Her birthday is June 10 and she will be 6!

As you can see we will be in China over her birthday and as it looks may possibly even get her on her birthday!!!
The First post was actually done back in February but I realized I had never finished working on my blog and I had forgotten I had started it!! Thanks to my good friend Cheri pushing me on this I guess I will have to try to work at it again!!

Okay! Wow it was quite a night last night. I think I had every emotion go through and I forget how I get when everything has to be done at once. It was so nice to go to the spring banquet and church last night with my mom and just relax!!!

So this is our update!

It looks like we are leaving on June 7th at 10:30 am. and of all things we will be on Northwest and God is amazing as I have such a peace about this. I was set on United until my husband and I started looking at the pros and cons.

With United we had to go to Hong Kong and spend at least $250 on a hotel in the airport not to mention another flight to get to Hong Kong and food while we were there for one night. It really kind of looked like it was adding up to be a lot of extra money. Also with United we had 1 1/2 hours to get through Customs. I am not sure how Chicago is with that but when we went through Cincinnati one it took us almost 2 hours to get through everything and that just did not seem like a lot of time. Also we would not get home until June 22.

With Northwest we have a 3 hour lay over in Detroit to get through customs and we do not have to go to Hong Kong as they fly directly out of Guangzhou and we will get home on June 21st.

I am in shock with how much plane fare is right now. It was the same price for United or Northwest so that didn't even matter. Also the prices for the sales fare was about the same as the adoption fare right now so we went with the adoption fare. I have to tell you though that Tempo Travel with Bethany has been wonderful. They answered all my dumb questions yesterday without batting an eye!!! :) I will let you know that I had a lot of them!!! You would think this being the 3rd adoption I would have it all down pat but I forgot everything I needed to know. We should have all the final arrangements made by today.

We will be flying home on June 21 at 6:05 pm so if any of you are in the Grand Rapids area on that day feel free to join us!!!
Its been a whilrwind to say the last but what an awesome time it has been to follow the Lord leading in our newest adoption adventure.We have 4 children in our home already.Nikolas, was adopted from Russia in 1997. He was born in 1996.Ekaterina was adopted from Russia in 2002 and was born in 1998Heather was born in 1998Caleb was born in 2001In September we were asked about adopting one of Bethany's children of Promise and after a lot of prayer and discernment realized that the Lord indeed wanted us to adopt this little girl. We started the paperchase the same month and our Dossier went to China on January 24th, 2006. We are waiting for our Dossier to be Logged in with CCAA in China and then we will be waiting for our TA (travel approval) We are hoping for Spring travel but know that we will wait on God's timing.