Thursday, April 5, 2012

Slow Day

This morning, we headed to the US Consulate for our appointment so that they can issue Jude's entry visa into the US. It sounds like a much bigger deal than it really is. Basically, you take an oath that all the information you have provided is truthful, go up to a window, sign a paper, and that's it....almost the equivalent of going to the DMV, only on the other side of the world.

Anyway, tomorrow afternoon, we can pick up Jude's passport and visa, and then hop a train to Hong Kong. :)

Today was a rainy one here, so we really did nothing. We were back at our hotel by 9:45 this morning and didn't even leave the room until about 5pm, when I thought I was going to go crazy. All we did was take a quick walk to the 7-11 just down the block, and then make laps around the lobby. Jonah has been begging for pizza, so we had the hotel concierge call and order us a Papa John's pizza to be delivered for was just like home, but it was probably the most expensive pizza on the planet!

I don't even have any pictures from today to share.

We check out tomorrow around 3pm, which is 3am for all you folks at home, and should be in Hong Kong a little before 7. It's about a 2 hour train ride. We'll hang out there until Sunday morning when we fly home! We should arrive about 6:30 Sunday evening. Jude will officially become a US citizen when we go through customs in Newark before heading to Richmond.

It's hard to believe we're wrapping up this part of the journey. This really has been a GREAT trip, aside from the sickness we experienced. Our new son is amazing and makes us smile almost all day long (although he is starting to show a little willfulness!), Jonah has been a real trooper and has gotten to experience a totally different culture, we had an awesome guide who really went out of her way to ensure a great time for us, fun travel mates, and a renewal of our love for our country and adoption in general. We are so very blessed!

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17


  1. So cool that you son will be arriving home on Easter! Praises and safe travels!

  2. I have so much enjoyed reading your posts and following your blog! I am so glad your trip was great and I'm sure you have lots of stories and memories. I hope you have an uneventful trip home and can't wait to see you soon and meet Jude!!!!!