Adopting a child won't change the world, but for that child their world will change.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

We are here!

We are in Guangzhou, China.  We left Kansas City at 7:00 a.m. Friday morning (June 28th) for San Francisco and then on to Hong Kong.  I have not had time to update the blog because all of sudden everything went so incredibly fast.  There were many things that I did not get done before we left, but getting Mason became the top priority.  We received our travel approval Friday June 21st, our 16th wedding anniversary.  We could not request a consulate appointment until Sunday night so we waited.  Monday morning we still did not have a confirmed date.  We had requested July 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 24th and the 25th.  The embassy is closing for almost two weeks to move so we were really hoping to beat the move.  Monday evening I emailed the embassy and told them if there was any way we could get an appointment before the closure that would be great due to Mason needing to have his heart surgery before the end of the summer.  Tuesday morning we were up at four so Richard could go to work so he checked the email before he left.  The embassy emailed us back saying we had an appointment on the 8th of July.  I got up and by 6:00 a.m. had emailed six travel agents.  By noon I had heard back from all of them and we had decided which one we were booking tickets through.  Right about that time I received an email from our agency that they had received our confirmed consulate appointment. If I would not have emailed the embassy we would not have been able to afford the plane tickets because the travel agents that got back to me later in the morning, their prices were much more expensive.  God was watching over us!  All through Mason's adoption journey we have discussed taking some of the kids.  Seth was desperate to go.  He wanted to eat "real" Chinese food and shop for some more school books.  The kid is always studying something.  Riley also really wanted to go, but we had told him if we did not have the money he was not going to be able to go.  The day we had to buy the tickets he prayed and fasted that morning because he wanted to go so bad.  God provided a way for him to go and he has been so excited about being here except for the traditional food.  He wants McDonalds.  Samantha and Maylin had no desire to go at all and then little Jayden has just gotten to the point where he will let us leave him for a few hours at home with the other kids and not cry when we leave.  He also has been very excited about getting his new little brother. 
We finalized all the rest of the details of our trip by Thursday morning except for what we were going to do between landing in Hong Kong on the 29th and checking into our hotel in Guangzhou on the 30th.  We either needed to rent a van to take us from Hong Kong to Guangzhou (3-4 hours) or stay the night in Hong Kong and take the train the next day.  We opted to stay in Hong Kong and take the train because it would be cheaper.  We ran out of time before we left for the airport to book a hotel.  We decided we would do it once we got to San Francisco as we had a four hour layover.  
Jayden watching the planes in San Francisco.

When we got to San Francisco the internet on our computer would not work so we could not book a hotel.  Richard ended up having to use Seth's computer which is all in Chinese.  After at least an hour of Seth trying to translate what his computer said they book one of the cheapest hotels we could find.  We were going to have to find a taxi to take us to where we would sleep and then the next morning take a taxi to the train station.  I was a bit nervous about doing all of this on our own without a guide, but God has been watching over us and we have not had any problems navigating the city. 

Richard and Seth trying to find us a hotel in Hong Kong to stay overnight.

Jayden had been up since 4:00 a.m. so he was beat!

We arrived in Hong Kong at 6:00 p.m. and to the "hotel" at 8:30.  It was more like a bed and breakfast without the breakfast.  It was a room with three sets of bunk beds, a sink and a toilet.  The beds were clean and we were exhausted after not sleep much during the 13 hour long flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong.  Jayden slept about 5-6 hours on the plane and did not sleep at all the first night.  We are keeping him up today so hopefully he will sleep tonight and we will be back on schedule. 

Our very spacious room in Hong Kong...NOT!!

The hallway outside our room.
View from the window
Outside the door of the Hong Kong hotel.
Looking at the street out the window

The view from the front door.  The bathroom was off to the right
 of where the picture was taken.  I will not even post pictures...not pleasant.


We all were awake by 6:30 a.m. and ready to go find a taxi to the train station.  We grabbed a snack from Circle K and were on the train by 7:25 a.m. headed for Guangzhou.  Because we were so early our guide was not there to meet us, but we have become quite comfortable at this point getting a taxi.  We were at the Garden Hotel by 10:00 and in our much nicer room with a shower, hallelujah!!  We have all showered and had a big bowl of noodles at a restaurant that Seth chose.  He has been so excited about coming and we have done some incredible bonding already.  We are so blessed to have him in our family.  Jayden has had some moments where he has struggled especially when we got on the airplane in Kansas City.  He started crying and telling me he was scared.  We said a prayer together and he calmed down.  He has done much better since and today while we were on the train he asked me to pray again with him.  He is such a sweet boy.  I will write more later with more pictures to share.  I have to go organize all of Mason's adoption paperwork.  In less than 24 hours we will have him!! 


  1. OMG Stacey - that's CRAZY fast. Thinking of you all on your journey.


  2. Hi, Stacey,
    glad you were able to take all the boys! Mason will have so much fun with them. From what Ning says, he's been talking with Seth a lot. He's been very withdrawn from us and seems sad the last few days, so I think he wishes he were there. I knew Seth being able to go back to China might be hard for him to deal with; such a sensitive kid!
    Hope Gotcha Day goes great; I'm sure it will :)and you're about to get busier!

  3. My family is hoping to travel on the 12th. This is an expedite also so we don't have a lot of options or time to set things up. I would love for you to email and tell us who you recommend for travel and how you worked out the train from HK. If you get a minute, could you email me?

    Deanne dwalker14 at

  4. Can't wait to meet you and your family this morning! So excited to be going through this day WITH you!

  5. Stacey, I posted a comment but guess it didn't go through. Liked your pictures; man, that room is tiny! I tried to show Ning, but he didn't want to look. He's been rather down since you guys left and refusing most "American" food, and withdrawing from us a little again. He must be trying to be with Seth in "spirit".
    Can't wait to see pics of Gotcha Day (hint, hint)! Email me if you get a chance sometime.