Friday, February 25, 2011

Article 5!!

We got a call from our agency today and our Article 5 has been picked up via courier and sent to CCAA.  We are working on getting our visas processed now - wow!  It's really sinking in and it seems so real now!

We should receive our visas on March 8th, this basically is allowing us to get permission to travel in China for a specific amount of time.  We'll have everything ready to go then to jump on the plane once we receive our travel approval with confirmed appointments and dates!  So excited!!   It's been so long since I've worked with travel agencies, I arranged quite a bit of airfare travel when I worked 5 years ago, but it was only domestic flights.  This will be fun to work with an agency for international flights.  The little things that excite me ;-)

Bobby and I are hoping that we'll be able to take in some sightseeing at Beijing for 1 or 2 days prior to Gotcha Day (the day we'll get Noelle in our arms!).  This will be a once in a lifetime trip and we thought it would be nice to see the Great Wall of China, Tianamen's Square, the Bird's Nest where the 2008 Olympics were held.  It will also help us get ourselves a chance to get our energy back from the jet lag.  It would also be sorta like a 10 year anniversary trip for us a little early, wouldn't that be neat!  We never get to take vacations, so we are hoping that everything will work out for us and we can make it happen.  Either way, if we go or not, as long as we get Noelle, that's our whole purpose for the trip and we'd be thrilled.  Can't wait to have her in our arms - this has been the longest 6 months since referral!!

Just a few more weeks!  We'll definitely keep you posted as we learn more.

We really appreciate those that have been tremendously encouraging to us. I know that when I try to explain all the steps to some, they look a little glazed over, I understand it's a long process - but thank you for letting us share these little tedious steps with you along the way.  You don't realize how much encouragement this gives us to have you seem genuinely interested.   As you know, we took a step of faith knowing that this is what God has called for us to do.  It's amazing to watch and see what can happen when you have 100% total faith!  Awesome!!

Special thanks to my friend Sherry, you have been such a blessing to us.  Thank you for being my friend!

Blessings,
Heather

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