Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Prayer Requests and Itinerary

"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Why would God lead us down the adoption road after giving us what we felt was a complete and wonderful family? He wanted to bring the Gospel to life for us! He wanted us to experience this joy from His perspective. Loving us unconditionally even before we were born, His plan and His desire to was to be our Father. He experiences overwhelming joy when we finally trust Him and receive His love. When we are handed this precious little one and gaze into her eyes, I believe we will understand "how great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" We pray that God continues to reveal the great depths to which He has gone to bring us-- once orphans-- into His family.

The wait is finally over!! We are officially heading to China to get our precious little girl! We are trusting the Lord to keep us from any pre-conceived expectations and allow the Holy Spirit to guide our every thought and action as we help Olivia transition into our family. Please agree with us in prayer that she will recognize our love for her, that we would all remain healthy and strong, that our family still in the US would be kept safe and healthy as well, and most importantly, that we would represent Christ well and be a reflection of His love to all we meet! Many thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement of our family as we follow God's direction! We love you very much!!

Remember that the current China time is 12 hours later than EST in the US. We'll receive Olivia during your early Monday morning! Hopefully, we'll have something for you to see on our blog by your Monday evening! :o)

Adoption Itinerary

July 12th –July 22nd

v Sunday, July 12th Arrive in Beijing

Gotcha Day!

v Monday, July 13th Morning-flight to Shaanxi

Afternoon-meet Xin Rui!

v Tuesday, July 14th Civil Affairs Appointment

v July 15th -16th Paperwork, Sightseeing & Shopping

v Friday, July 17th Flight to Guangzhou

v Saturday, July 18th Medical Exam

v Sunday, July 19th Consulate Paperwork

v Monday, July 20th Consulate Appointment

v Tuesday, July 21st Pick up Child’s Visa

Depart by bus for Hong Kong

v Wednesday, July 22nd Depart from Hong Kong


  1. Susie! I just discovered your blog!! Tears flow as I marvel at the amazing ways God is working in your lives. Joel and I are overjoyed for all of you as you near the end of this long journey to adoption. Fondly I recall the many times you shared your hearts and updates in our basement and we lifted your desire before God Almighty. We will cover each of you in prayer as you travel to get your precious Olivia.

    Much love to all

  2. Thanks for the encouragement and prayers! We are excited beyond words!