5.23.2008

Travel approval!

We found out this afternoon that we have Travel Approval (TA)!  Now our agency can request our Consulate Appointment (CA) at the US Embassy in Guangzhou, China.  Once our CA is confirmed, travel arrangements will be finalized and airline tickets purchased.  We were told this should happen by Wednesday of next week.  They have us tentatively leaving on June 12th, receiving the babies on June 15th (Father's Day) and then going to the Consulate on June 23rd.  It is possible we could leave a week earlier, or later, than June 12th, but this is the tentative itinerary. We will definitely post the official dates here as soon as we have them.  This is starting to feel real now and we can hardly wait to travel to China and meet LilyKate and Eleanor.  The journey we have been dreaming about for so long is about to happen and we are so excited!!  In just a few short weeks we will be meeting all the families in our travel group, touring Beijing, climbing the Great Wall, and then flying to Nanchang to meet our daughters and become a family -  of four!!

12 comments:

  1. That's wonderful news!! Congrats!
    Sherri

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  2. I remember how it hardly seemed real... even right up until we walked into the civil affairs office. Then, the sound of babies crying made me literally jump up and down. I am very excited for you. (And for your little babies!)

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  3. Jonathan and Susan - Matt and I are so very happy for the two of you. We can't wait to meet the girls. Know that our thoughts and love are with you all on your travels. Big Hug to you all and the girls!!

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  4. The time has finally come.. it wont be long now.. We are so looking forward to the adventure that lies ahead for all of us. We could not think of 2 nicer people to share this time with..we love you guys

    Hugs
    Susan, Riz and Sophia

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  5. And the fun is only just starting... take care

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  6. Yay! It's getting closer now. Before you know it you will have your arms full of babies!

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  7. Just passing along a tip... we took our referral photos to Moto Photo, where they have huge scanners, and they were able to completely restore them... take out the staple marks, wrinkles, etc. They took away the graininess,restored the color, and I also had them put the photos on a disc, with sepia and black and white versions too. It has been great to have... the photos are so precious! You can do this with any photos you get from the orphanage/foster family too.

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  8. And in just a short while, you will hardly remember your life without them in it!

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  9. Congratulations!! What a blessing!! Looking forward to following your journey!

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  10. I can't believe you'll be leaving in a couple of weeks! What a whirlwind this has been! Can't wait to follow your journey.

    Best Wishes,
    Sharon

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  11. How amazing to get such news on Memorial Day and then to go get your girls on Father's Day. Looking forward to reading more about this amazing journey to go get your twin daughters.

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