Tomorrow, Tomorrow...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tomorrow morning, at daybreak, my flight will take off from Newark headed for San Francisco. I will be alone, I am sure I will be an emotional mess having left behind Chloe, Oliver and Matt for two weeks. Hopefully I will be able to regain some composure on the 6 hour flight. In San Francisco, I will meet up with my sister and together we will take the flight across the Pacific Ocean to Beijing. We will leave San Francisco on Thursday morning and arrive some 12 ½ hours later---which will be Friday evening in Beijing. We will then board our third flight, an Air China flight heading 642 miles due north to Harbin and Emma Claire.

Seven years, 6 months, 23 days from signing the agency contract to begin our second Chinese adoption to actually holding Emma Claire in our arms. It’s a long time, but those 2,762 days of waiting will all be a distant memory—all the anguish, the worrying, the hurry up and wait will vanish at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 22. (That’s Sunday, July 21 at 9:30 p.m. EST in the United States) and we will begin the most exciting part of this long journey—life as a family of five with this beautiful little girl born in Suihua, China.

July 18 Leave U.S. and fly to Harbin, China via stops in San Francisco and Beijing

July 19 Arrive in Harbin on Friday evening China time (Friday morning U.S.)

July 20 Free Day to explore Harbin

July 21 Free Day to explore Harbin

July 22 Meet Emma Claire!

July 23 Finalize adoption

July 24 Museum Visit

July 25 Zoo

July 26 Pick-up Emma Claire's passport and fly to Guangzhou

July 27 Medical exam and visa photo

July 28 Sightseeing---Chen Family Temple

July 29 Sightseeing Yuexiu Park

July 30 Consulate Appointment

July 31 Pick-up Emma Claire's U.S. Visa and take afternoon train to Hong Kong

Aug. 1 Return to U.S.

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