Thursday, July 10, 2008

7 more sleeps!











It's pretty difficult for children to grasp the concept of time for quite a while. Since Grace was about 2 or 3 we explain time to her with 'how many sleeps' it is until the event occurs. Today it's '7 more sleeps' until we leave for China. Lot's going on here. Just have last minute things to add to suitcases (3 of them each weighing in under 44 lbs. per the in China rules for flights). Dan and Grace each are carrying on a backpack, me a small lightweight messenger bag. We will have our hotels do our laundry so we don't have to bring clothes for 2 solid weeks. I've received more pictures of William Michael from his foster home. These are him opening the package we sent. We sent a t-shirt from the movie 'Cars' on it and you can see that he loves it and decided to put it on immediately. He also is playing with Elmo and looked at the photo album we sent and I guess he showed it to his little friends there too. This all doesn't seem real to me sometimes but it sure will be next week when we take that 15 hour flight from Chicago OHare to Hong Kong. We leave Thursday July 17th, arrive in Hong Kong late afternoon the 18th. Sat. the 19th we fly to Fuzhou. Sunday we meet our son. In Fuzhou we will do some sightseeing and hopefully visit Will's foster home and orphanage. After his adoption is registered and notarized, we get his passport and travel to Guangzhou for his medical exam and then get his US visa on July 30 (my birthday) Can't imagine a better birthday gift!

12 kind words:

missy said...

I teach first grade and that is how I explain things to my students...by numbers of sleeps. It's all they can wrap their little minds around.

I know you are just besides yourself! Your little fellow is so handsome.

Kerry said...

What a wonderful way to relate time to a child. I will use this with my girls. Thank you.

Gail- I am so happy for your expanding family. I have goosebumps of excitement just reading about your travels. What a blessing to have those photos. Perfect gifts for Will too.
Hugs- I know how amazingly excited you must be. Wondering if you are sleeping at all! I know I didn't sleep a wink.

Michelle said...

Hi Gail!

I just clicked over to your blog via someone else's. Your Grace is adorable! I see that you are traveling soon to add a son to your family. Oh, my goodness..your little guy is so, so cute! Look at that smile!

I will stop back to follow your journey. How exciting! : )

The Morris Family said...

..."sleep" probably being a relative term! Guessing there's so much excitement...Wow! Just in time for your birthday...talk about God's always-perfect timing!

OH MY #6 said...

Happy Dance time! He is so cute. And, wow, that package arrived quickly.

Have a good weekend.

Lea
xo

Ashley said...

Gail, that is an awesome post! I'm am so excited for you guys. You are so close! The photos of William are precious. He looks so cute in his Cars tee-shirt, and he such a happy smile! I hope you get to visit his foster family. You are going to have an amazing trip! I can't wait to follow your blog!
love you, Ashley

Gail said...

I am following closely!

You know there will be lots of tears when Will is in your arms!

7 more sleeps.....pleasant dreams!

Gail

Christine said...

He looks so excited! That is a great b-day present you are getting! Caleb also loves anything "Cars" related.
Regarding your previous post - you will be busier, but you will be posting lots of pics I am sure to show him off!

Denise C said...

Oh my...what a perfect birthday you are going to have!!! I am so excited for you all!!! I'll be lifting all of you in prayer...can't wait for "Gotcha"!!!!

Cyndi said...

Great way to relate time to Grace. I can't wait to hear all about your trip. Your family will be in my prayers.

Steffie B. said...

I can hardly believe it.....

Paula said...

How neat for you to see his little face when he opened your gift. He does look likes he really likes the stuff. Can't wait to follow you to China.

 
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