Sunday, June 13, 2010

3 More Sleeps....

3 more sleeps.....until we board our plane headed to China for Luke! (Not that I can do alot of sleeping these days though). After all the seasons of waiting, once we received our TA, time has been moving right along. I knew it would be like that once I was working against a deadline! We've had so many things to prepare, gather, and pack. This weekend, we packed our checked luggage for the most part, weighing it to make sure we were within our weight limits for in-China regulations. We pretty much have it all ready with the exception of our carry-ons.

For those of you interested in following along on our journey to China, I will be posting to our Journey to Me Adoption Site....Journey to Luke.....which is also on the sidebar of my blog. The day we leave, I will put the link up on a post as well, so you can just click over there and read the most recent post there. At the bottom of that site, there is a place where you can click on Send Encouraging Words. That will send an email directly to me, which I will be able to access there.

Here's what we'll be doing while in China:

Wednesday 6/16 a.m. - Leave for Beijing. Arrive 6/17 p.m.
We'll spend 2 full days sightseeing there and adjusting to the time difference.

Sunday 6/20 - Fly to Hohhot (Inner Mongolia) - WHERE LUKE IS!!!!

Monday 6/21 - Forever Family Day (We meet Luke...FINALLY)!

Tuesday 6/22 - Thursday 6/24 - Spent in Inner Mongolia doing adoption paperwork and sightseeing and getting to know Luke while we wait on paperwork to be finalized.

Friday - 6/25 - We get Luke's paperwork and fly to Guangzhou.

Saturday 6/26 - Friday 7/2 - This week is spent getting Luke's medical exam and results, more paperwork, consulate appointment, swearing ceremony, sightseeing, and getting Luke's visa so we can leave!

Friday 7/2 evening - Train to Hong Kong.

Saturday 7/3 - Fly home (with Luke for good)! :)

Oh, and remember that China is 13 hours ahead of us (Central time). My goal is to post often, even if it's just a little, but I have no idea how tiring this schedule is going to be, but know I will post whenever I can!

Thank you all so much for remembering us in your prayers! I can't wait to share our journey with you! Thank you so much for your support and for following along with us!

I'll be back with a post either the night before we leave or I'll schedule a post for the day we leave. Until then, I'll be busy cleaning (coming home to a clean house is always nice) and stocking Colt up on groceries for while we're gone!

Until then.....

~ Tammy ~


Tiffany said...

I just read this crying so hard. my emotions are so raw right now. (Must be those paper pregnancy hormones!) I will definitely follow your journey in China. I am so excited for you! I will also be praying for your safety, for your family to acclimate to each other quickly, and for all the changes sweet Luke is about to go through.

♦Lynne♦Down Willow Lane♦ said...

Tammy,wishing you all a safe journey to China and back with your special "cargo".Good luck to you all and hope everything goes smoothly! Lynne

Mercy Otis/The Stone House said...

DO you feel like you're on a count down to launch? LOL
I can feel the excitiment in your words!
Ditto to what Tiffany said, and
I pray that the Lords spirit will be with your family on this journey together. Hugs, and more tight hugs! :-D


Carmen C. said...

Oh Tammy, the waiting is finally OVER! I'm so very happy for you and your family and will be praying for a safe trip!!!! Look out Luke, here they come:D

Nicole said...

Oh Tammy!!!! I am so excited for you ! I can not wait to follow along on your journey to sweet Luke!
Just three more sleeps!

Twin Creek Primitives said...

I have tears in my eyes, Tammy! HAPPY TEARS! This is so WONDERFUL!
You are an amazing woman and mother. I cant wait to see a pic of all of you together..... God Bless.....

Anonymous said...

Like everyone else, I've got tears, such joy. Have a safe trip, grab hold and never let go. What a blessing you both are!!


Sandy said...

This is such exciting news :) I am so happy for you guys!!! Your little boy will be coming home to a whole new world. Good Luck and I will be looking forward to your journery over there.

Happy and Safe travels...

Susannah said...

My heart is full of joy for you and your family. Have a safe trip. You all will be in my prayers every night. I am so excited for you......dreams do come true.


Lynn said...

Tammy, I'm sharing your happiness with you! I know how much this means to you and your family! I'm still crying happy tears as I was when I was reading your blog a few minutes ago.. I sensed your total exciteness as I read your words that you shared!

Only 3 more sleeps till you get your son Luke! I'm so tickled for you and your family and for little Luke too!

I will follow you on your journey to China Tammy..

We send our love Tammy! We have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers!

Love & Blessings,

adsgram said...

If I read it right Luke will be celebrating his first July 4th as an American IN America! How absolutely thrilling for all of you! God Speed, and post when you are able!


Kristi said...

We have 4 more sleeps until we leave for Mexico - not quite as exciting ;) But seriously - I can't wait to see a pic of you with Luke in your arms. We loved our time in IM - if Sandra is your guide, please say hello from the Goble family. God Bless

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Hey Tammy, can't wait to follow you on your journey to pick up Luke...take care and have a safe flight and a wonderful time.:)you will be in my prayers.:)

Anonymous said...

WOOHOO! I am so excited for all of you and will be anxiously following your journey. I will be praying for a safe trip over for the 3 of you, and a glorious and wonderful Forever Family Day and time spent in Chinaa a safe trip home for the 4 of you and for Colt at home as he waits for your return! God speed my friend!!

warm prim hugs, Grammy Linda

arkie said...

Praying all goes well with your trip! How exciting!!! Luke has no idea of the great blessing he is going to receive!

May God be with you all!

the primitive country bug said...

My heart is just racing with excitement for you. I will be praying for travel mercies as well as smooth transitioning for little Luke. Hugs & prayers to all of you~ Birgit

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

I am on pins and needles for you. This is so exciting. I will be praying for your safety; for Luke's adjustment period. I look forward to pictures, stories, and your homecoming.
Much love being sent your way---★Linda★

Sharon said...

Tammy I am so excited for you and your family. I will continue to send prayers for all of you on a safe trip.
I will be following your journey to Luke.

ChristinaP said...

You have a long but exciting journey ahead of you! I am so excited for you. There are angels singing in heaven because of what you are doing! God bless you! I'll say prayers for your safety, all the paperwork goes smooth and for an easy trasition with lots of smiles & happiness!

The Farmers Oldest Daughter said...

As of today, 2 more sleeps. How exciting. We will pray that everything goes smoothly and that Luke will adjust well.

God Bless you during your travels too and all flights are on time and everything goes as planned.

Great Blessings

Mandy in Mayberry said...

SO happy for you all! Prayers being sent up for you :)

•♦•The Olde Weeping Cedar •♦• said...

Tammy-You ALL have been on my prayers right along, girl...there's NO WAY, I'm gonna stop praying now! :) I will add a prayer for Colt while you're away, and I will be sending up one HUGE "THANK YOU" to HIM... for all those prayers ANSWERED!!!
I am so happy for you and for Luke!!! What a glorious journey!

Nancy M. said...

I'm so happy for y'all! I can't wait to follow along on your trip to China! I am excited too!

Blessed Beyond said...

I'm so happy for yall!!! Yall have a great and safe time!!! tears of excitement from the over joy I have for your family! Praying for safe travels and for everything to to go perfect!!!
Hugs and Blessings,

Dawn said...

Thanks for keeping us updated~~ we can't wait for pictures!!! God speed. My little miracle is spending her first of three nights away at cheerleading camp. Ive only got a few lines of text from her. Im missing her so badly. Im crying as I write this. You know sometimes at 15 we sure go at it with each other sometimes and I thought maybe some distant would do us some good, but boy this is so hard on me. I want her home in her own bed tonight. I am just boo hooing right now. She's having a blast which should make me feel better. And they keep them busy, but I have found myself with her schedule marking off the hrs and now it's only two more days until we go get her and watch her preformance!!! We both are missing our baby's this night. Thinking of you Tammy!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I shared with my family this wonderful news. My twins were especially excited. We'll continue to pray for you as you go to China to get Luke. Thank you so much for letting us all be a part of this journey with you. I know this has been wonderful for your family, but we've been blessed through this too. To see my little boys faith grow through this has been wonderful for us.

Never So Simple said...

I am so excited for you. I moved in my new house sorry no pictures yet. We are still getting adjusted. This post made me smile from ear to ear. Tammy this is such great news. Tammy we both have been so blessed. Looking forward to floowing you on the trip. :)