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|