After a very hard experience we have gotten all the appointments necessary and flights re booked and paid for. We are on our way to China!! We are headed to China on Friday the 23rd of September. It took some creativity and thinking outside the box to get it put together but we did it. Oh, and I forgot, more paperwork and money.
We both fly from Salt Lake to LA on Friday then on to Hong Kong and GuaGuangzhou. It will be a long trip but I have seen some that were longer. Once in Guangzhou Deanne will go to Changsha to pick up Bria and Doug in to Guangzhou to pick up Hyrum. We will spend the week apart doing paperwork, touring, and getting to know our children. Friday evening Deanne and Bria will fly to Guangzhou to meet up with Doug and Hyrum. We had to split up so that we could get both of the children before the Chinese holiday. We will have fun for a week with each other then have our consulate appointment the 11th of October and fly home on the 13th.
It has been a process getting to the point that I felt comfortable announcing this. I just keep waiting for something else to stop us. I did have a little scare today as I was compiling necessary paperwork. Two of the documents had been misplaced. I did very well controlling my emotions and fear. It kept trying to creep up but I very successfully pushed it back. We are waiting on getting our Power of Attorney's back from Washington DC so we can sign for each other then we will be completely set.
I had to spend some time repacking things now that we will be splitting up. Most of the extra stuff or not completely necessary things will go with Doug because he is going straight to the hotel. I have to stay within some pretty restrictive weight and size limitations for in country travel so I will be packing light. I look at some of the things I am bringing because of recommendations and wonder if I really need them. I am sure I will come home and say "If I ever do that again I won't bring all that." Mind you, this has been one of those experiences that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy so doing it again will take a visitation from an angel. I'll let you know If I see an angel. :)
If anyone knows of a place to get an IPad for cheap let me know. I won't have contact with anyone while in Changsha unless I can get online. Still trying to figure that one out.