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Friday, April 29, 2011

Only 4 more days to go!!!!

Wow, I seriously can NOT believe it's almost time for us to go! We have a busy weekend ahead...tonight is Avery's 5th birthday party with friends, we have soccer games tomorrow and another birthday party to go to, church on Sunday as well as celebrate with family for Avery's birthday. Then we will have Monday to finish up all the last minute stuff and we leave early Tuesday morning, May 3rd (Avery's actual 5th birthday!)...

Thought I'd update the blog now while I have a time (ha!). Our goal is to update it almost daily while we are in China so please check it often if you want to see updates/pictures/videos!! It's hard to imagine that Anna Wei Wei will be in our arms in just 9 days!!

Thank you so much to everyone for your prayers and support in this incredible journey that God has lead us on. We really appreciate them! I have so many emotions going through me right now as we get closer and closer to leaving...excitement, nervousness, anxiousness, etc. I LOVE something I learned just recently in the last bible study I did and it's this 'God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called'! I keep telling myself that though sometimes I may not feel as prepared as I should be for our new daughter, God is right here with me/us and will equip me/us for whatever we need to do or know, because He has called us to adopt this precious baby girl, this girl that has no home but is about to have a Forever Family!!! Thank you Lord for calling us to do this, because I truly can't imagine life without my third daughter!!

Much Love,
Melissa (Anna Wei Wei's soon to be mommy)

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

It's crunch time!!

We leave in 2 weeks and are busy getting ready for the flight, the 2 1/2 week trip, our 3rd daughter...just to name a few of the things we are getting ready for! Ha! I can't believe not only will we be headed to China in two weeks, but also we will be arriving back home with our new daughter in exactly one month from today as we land at DFW on Thursday, May 19th.

I posted (or Jaime did) on Facebook but since not everyone is on Facebook, we got our itinerary last week and our 'Gotcha Day' is May 8th, Mother's Day!! How awesome is that?? I truly can't think of a more perfect way to spend the day than by getting our 3rd daughter!!

We are getting super excited and are continuing to pray everything goes as smoothly as it has this far!
In Him,
Melissa

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Three Weeks and A Shower

Ok, we have three weeks until we board our plane for China...well first California, then Hong Kong and then China where we will get our 3rd daughter!! We will have her in our arms in LESS than 1 month! I can hardly believe it myself, it sometimes just doesn't seem real and may not until she is actually ours!! We still have not received our itinerary for our trip so we aren't sure which day will be 'Gotcha Day' but it will be either be May 8th or 9th. and really either way you look at it it will be Mother's Day. They are 14 hours ahead of us so the 9th there will be the 8th here so regardless which day it is I will get the BEST Mothers Day gift ever!! My precious Anna Wei Wei!!

This past Sunday night, I got the most awesome surprise...a surprise baby shower/welcome home Anna shower! I've been part of an incredible Pokeno group for the past 10 years and they threw me the shower! They absolutely 100% pulled it off (with Jaime's help) as I had NO idea! And it was even at my own house! How cool is that?? Jaime conveniently 'locked' his keys in his truck and that is how they got me out of the house and then once I returned and walked in through the garage they all jumped out and surprised me and I was speechless (a first for me, right??) Anyway, we had a great time with food and fun and I'm so thankful for all they did!

I want to take a moment to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us and prayed for and with us on this incredible journey God has led us on. We really appreciate your prayers so again, thank you for them. Some of you have asked for specific things to pray for so here are some things I've thought of recently: pray for a smooth flight, especially for Avery as this is her FIRST time on a plane. Please pray for our safety and health while in China, pray for Gotcha Day that although we are new to Wei Wei she will feel our love and bond with us soon, and then pray for our return flight and for Wei Wei because this will be her first time on a plane.

We are going tomorrow to get some shots before travelling and these next few weeks will be spent doing all those 'last minute' things that need to get done...packing, shopping, making lists for our pets that are being cared for by family and friends, among other stuff.

I'll update the blog again when we have our itinerary and know when 'Gotcha Day' will be!!
Thanks!
Melissa