Sunday, October 16, 2011

TA, we are leaving for China!

On Wednesday Oct. 12, we received the phone call that we have been approved to travel to China (TA) to bring the Panda home.  On Thursday, we made our international travel arrangements, and on Friday, we received our in -China travel package.  We leave for China on Oct. 27 and return home on Nov. 11.  We will have the Panda in our arms as of Oct. 30 (evening in China, morning in the US).  We are so happy to be close to snuggling this little guy. 

The Bunny and the Penguin will be travelling with us and are so excited to learn about and experience their brother's amazing country.  Will will get to tour Beijing for 2 days, spend Oct. 30 - Nov 4 in Lanzhou, Gansu, which is the capital of the Panda's province, and then finish out our time in China in Guangzhou, Guangdong. 

We all spent this weekend in my hometown, and were able to see many of my favorite people from high school.  Lucky for us, one is an expert on travelling in China and one is doctor, so we are now better informed than we were.  :)

Any tips and comments from people who have done this before are welcome.  Your prayers are so important to us.  Thank you all for the support- we have such a wonderful family, church family, neighborhood, and bunch of friends. 

Isaiah 55:11-13

So is my word that goes out from my mouth:
   It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
   and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy
   and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
   will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
   will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
   and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the LORD’s renown,
   for an everlasting sign,
   that will endure forever.”

1 comment:

  1. So excited for all of you! Call me if you want me to connect you with my daughter who is full of travel info. Personally, I recommend taking peanut butter, crackers, instant oatmeal and breakfast bars with you --- not for breakfast as the hotels have great buffets. No, these are for the nights when you are too tired to go out after a long day. We ate oatmeal at least twice for dinner when we were there. And it tasted like manna from heaven, too!