Tuesday, August 23, 2016

It's go time...

I can't even believe I'm typing this.


Tomorrow is the day that we board that plane and fly to China. Tomorrow we will be that much closer to Micaiah. Rhett and Adiah have never been back so they are anxious to see where they were born. My mind is swirling with the last minute details that I wish I hadn't put off until now. PLUS...we girls need to get our nails done and our eyebrows threaded. PRIORITIES, PEOPLE!! And then we will do our last minute packing, weighing of suitcases, panic because they're too heavy, rearrange suitcases, decide to just pay the overage fee, and be done with it. As you do.

Tomorrow we begin the journey to bring our boy home and all I know is this...we are blessed. (or #blessed like the kids say)

We would appreciate your prayers.

If for some reason I can't post here I have started a Facebook page called The Road to Micaiah.

Here we go!!

For those who care:

August 24, 2016 Fly to Beijing
August 28, 2016 Fly to Guiyang, Guizhou
August 29, 2016 Gotcha day!
Sept 2, 2016 Fly to Guangzhou
Sept 8, 2016 Drive to Hong Kong AND get on a plane to fly home
Sept 8, 2016 Arrive home!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Six days

We're getting there folks. Because the kids school starts two days before we leave the Superintendent of the school suggested we "un-enroll" them and then "re-enroll" when we return. So that part is all worked out. Emily will move her stuff into her dorm on Sunday and fly home Monday so she can go with us. Some of her professors are giving her work to do while gone. So that part is worked out too. So now? I'm packing, looking at the projected weather forecast, repacking, and trying to get stuff ready for school so when we get home it won't be as stressful! We are getting Kai's carseat and booster seat for the table all set up along with his bed and toys. It's getting real.

If I'm being honest I'd have to admit that I am exhausted. A good kind of exhausted but still.

Realizing that everything is about to change and wishing I could just sit down and enjoy the things that are our truth right now. There is a certain amount of chaos that comes with traveling and adopting. Bringing our kids is going to be a true joy but also adds just a tiny bit more planning to the whole thing.

But then I think of Kai. And I realize that EVERYTHING is about to change for him. His truth will never be the same. I'm glad for that. He'll be a son. He'll be a brother. He'll be home. But I'm also sad for his little heart because until he knows that being loved by a family is better for him he will grieve and be so scared. I'm praying that God is preparing his heart and mind for all of this. I trust that He is. And that we will be able to comfort him and that he will accept us.

I'm excited. I'm scared. I'm tired. But I'm so blessed to be where we are.

We're coming, Kai.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Plane tickets are booked!!!

On Tuesday, August 9, we got a confirmation of our CA appointment in China so we were officially allowed to book flights to get us all to China! Yep. ALL 7 of us are going to China!! We leave August 24 and arrive back home on September 8. We're still trying to work out a few details with the kids school and schedules but hopefully we'll know all of that soon enough. I believe by the end of this week we will have our in country itinerary and I'll be able to share more about what exactly is happening. All I know is this. NINE days until we leave and FOURTEEN days until Kai is in our arms. So ready!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Ok, this just got REAL!!!

This morning I was for sure convinced that we would receive Travel Approval. Like for sure.

I know. This is a pattern for me.

I know that our agency always checks the website where China lists their TA's every morning after their corporate prayer time. So by late morning with no call I was convinced that we'd have to go through another weekend with no news or knowing when we were leaving. We were told that it could take anywhere from 1-4 weeks to receive TA after our article 5 pick up (which for us was August 1) but I'd been seeing a trend that alot of people with our agency were getting it faster. I decided instead of pouting and scouring the internets for ANYTHING related to travel approvals I'd get out of the house with the little kids and run errands. As I walked into Target at 1:30pm my phone rang and it was someone from our agency letting me know our TA had arrived and they were busy trying to request a Consulate appointment for our time in China!! 4 days after our Article 5 pick up!! I couldn't believe it! Adiah, Rhett, and I did a huge happy dance right there in the Rubbermaid section of Target!! We were a sight!

So here is what I know today. Since its Friday and we can't get a confirmed Consulate Appointment until Monday (or Tuesday) we can't really book flights. But if it goes like they think it will we will be leaving on August 24th for China and we will get Micaiah on August 29th! Eeeek! Like...that means we leave in 19 days!

We are not even going to talk about the fact that school starts for my school aged kids on August 22 and for my college kid on August 24th. And that she needs to move into her on campus apartment on August 21. Not eeeeven going to talk about it.

We are truly praising God for this huge news and trusting how all the details will get worked out! He is good!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Whooo hoooo! Article 5 pick up!

It seems like the last 2 weeks have flown by and crawled by all at the same time! We knew that August 1 was the day set for our final piece of paper to be picked up in China so I used that time to begin sorting through all of the things we've accumulated to take with us to China. I ordered clothes online from Old Navy for Micaiah and then promptly sent them back when we got updated measurements of him. I ordered the next size up (3t) but now I'm wondering if I should have kept the 2t. Oh well...we'll see soon enough! We also gathered all the documents needed to take with us to China that we have so far. I got all of our medications purchased to take with us. Rhett and Adiah took their typhoid series of pills. Lots of things! But even though we've been busy... my mind has felt preoccupied with this date. August 1.

Because now?

Now we are only waiting on our travel approval. I've seen some people from our agency receive theirs in 3 days. Some 1 week. Some longer. Our travel coordinator told us we would need our TA by August 5 in order to leave on the 17th to get Kai. If it doesn't come until next week we will have to wait until the 24th. If it's after that? Who knows. But as you can imagine we are anxious to get our boy. My mind is swirling with how we're going to pull this off with all of the back to school things going on. Only God can work this out for us so I'm choosing to not fret but wait and see what He does.

All I know is this.....

There is a chance that we could meet Micaiah James AnFu Woods this month!


Like we could be leaving in 2 1/2-3 1/2 weeks!

Ok, I need to go breathe into a paper bag now....much to do.

Peace out.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Article 5 drop off and other stuff....

Monday the 18th our Article 5 was dropped off in Guangzhou, China. This is the last item of business before our Travel Approval (TA) is issued. It always takes 10 business days for it to be ready so August 1st is the day that it will be picked up by our agency's liaison. Once it's picked up it will be overnighted to Beijing which is where our TA will happen. So basically we are at least 2 weeks away from getting that. 

Here's the fun news though. It looks like there is a trip planned for August 18. Which meeeeeaaannnnssss....

If we get our travel approval on time we could be leaving August 17th!

Now I'd like to point out that this is the EXACT time that is the most difficult for us. Emily's college classes start back on August 24th in Nashville. Her move in date to her apartment on campus is August 21. The other kids schools start August 22. 

But here is what I also know. Our boy is sitting in an orphanage across the world and nothing will keep us from getting him asap. I fully believe that God will work out all of the details.

He reminds us in Isaiah 55:8-9 that His ways are higher than ours and our thoughts are not like his. 

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
    “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so my ways are higher than your ways
    and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

I'm giddy with excitement and nervous all at the same time. It's getting so close and then Micaiah will no longer be with out a family!!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

NVC letter

This morning we received the pdf of our NVC letter in our email. I forwarded it along to our Travel Coordinator and we are now scheduled for Article 5 drop off on Monday. It's always 10 business days so it looks like we'll get pick up on August 1. But that will be confirmed on Monday. Can't wait! After pick up its TRAVEL APPROVAL time! Not that I'm excited or anything.