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2.01.2010

Februrary ~ then and now

February 1, 2007 ~ Early in the morning we tossed a few snowballs to Maya and then headed to the airport to meet our moms, my sister, and her husband.

Destination?

China. To meet our first child.

February 1, 2010, Early this morning we tossed a few snowballs to Maya...

and then we got an email that our consulate appointment is set. To get a visa approved for our third child.

February 16, 2007 ~ we boarded a flight in the wee hours of the morning from Guangzhou to begin the long journey home as a family of three.

That day I realized that the heart charm from my red thread bracelet had fallen off while we were on our way back. I suppose it was then I knew that part of my heart had been left behind and that we'd be back. I just didn't know how many times...

February 16, 2010 ~ We'll board a flight in the wee hours of the morning and begin the physical part of the journey to turn our family of four into a family of five. Hope this little one is ready for the chaos!

Somehow I think she is...

Oh, and if you want to know, she'll be in our arms on Saturday, February 20!

45 comments:

Cindy M said...

WOOHOO! Only 15 more days!!! That is SO cool! I can't believe you're going back to China again without me. But I am OH so happy that Darcy will finally be united with her family! Before her birthday! So exciting! Love you guys!!

Guess I'll be up super early on the 20th...

Cindy M said...

And I love that cheesy grin on your face at the airport. It's the same grin you had when we were going through security in Beijing a few days later. It always makes me smile to think how giddy our group was that entire day! What a fun memory...

Tricia said...

Wow, that's exciting. Good for you guys!!!

adoptionroad said...

My calendar is marked and ready! Woohoo!

Tiffany said...

Congratulations! That is awesome and I just love how God has worked out the dates. Amazing!

Ann Marie said...

Yippppppppppppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! So thrilled for you all.

Ann Marie

Donna said...

YAY!!!!! We are SO excited for you guys and for sweet Darcy!!!!
We'll be praying for all of you!!
Love you guys!

Angela said...

Yay!!!!!! I can't wait to follow you AGAIN! Congratulations!

Laurie said...

Dates, dates, dates!! This is WAY too exciting now. Get to packing, sister!!

Pam said...

Whoooo Hoooo!!!! February is going to be a GREAT month!

Nicole said...

Congratulations, you have waited a long time, now you are down to days!
I cannot wait to follow along!

Somewhere In The Sun said...

Wow, those dates are amazing! I love the story of the heart. The same thing happened to me. I'd worn a bracelet for 4 years believing that the adoption of our daughter from Romania would happen. The very week that we decided to adopt Olivia, the bracelet broke. I knew that God was giving me a sign.

I can't wait to follow your journey to your sweet girl!!!

~Lynn

Sharon said...

Tears in my eyes!!! Can't wait to watch you go again!!!! I think you are the record for me, watching all three of your little ones meeting you and bringing them home..thanks for letting me follow along friend!!!

Jenn said...

Yay!!!! So excited for you!!

Praying for all FIVE (and six of I need to include Maya!) of you!! God is good!

Blessings,
Jenn

Michelle said...

Great news and I can't wait to follow along. Have fun packing...

Larry and Carol said...

WONDERFUL!!!! SO EXCITED FOR YOU.

Amy Kelly said...

I am so excited!! I am counting down the days with you!! :)

Melissa said...

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH - oh, I am SO excited for you - you better get packing dear friend!!!! Miss Darcy will be in your arms before you know it - you made my day!!!!

The Ferrill's said...

SWEET!
I'm so excited you got your flight arrangements! We will hopefully be booking ours today or tomorrow!
And we will see YOU ALL in GZ!
Hugs!

Ally said...

OH YAHOO!!! How cool is that! So much to be thankful for. I am looking forward to following your journey. I know you must be counting down the days. So exciting!!!
yeah, God is so good!

Nancy said...

Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! I am crying as I read this. I am SO excited for you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!! God is good. Love how you got snow both times and the dates are the same... wild and SO like God!!!

Cassie said...

i am so excited for you and all of your family! 5 certainly is an exciting number! i am praying for God's best for you all as you travel and finally wrap your arms around that little girl!
cassie

Our Journey said...

I love looking @ the dates...what a God thing that is!! I'm SOOO excited for you all!! Can't wait to watch this journey!!!

Gavin's Family said...

So So Happy for you guys!!!
You have dates (insert little dance from me)
That means we are right behind you!!!
I'll be praying for Darcy that she will also be ready for your arrival.
BTW how are the freezer meals coming along?

Grandma Shultz said...

God is soooo good. Praise Him. This is like a dream come true. All the waiting and now only two weeks until you leave to get our precious little Darcy! I'm praying that her little heart is ready, that she'll see the love that all four of you already have for her.
LaoLao

Lisa said...

YAY! YAY! YAY!!!!! What a great day to finally catch up with one of my favorite families!!! I am beyond excited for you guys! Many many prayers as the craziness begins!!! Praising God through tears of joy!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am so excited for you and your beautiful family. I have silently been enjoying your journey through life since bringing home Caleb. We brought home our two older girls in 2007 from Guatemala and I just returned home in December bringing home our third girly blessing from China. I don't know you but I am encouraged by your obvious faith every time you post. God is so Good! Bless you for sharing your faith and your family! Kim in SC

Anonymous said...

Yeah!!! Let the packing begin....So happy for you guys.

Beth

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited for you guys! I can't wait to see all 3 smiling faces in the pew in front of us at Bethel.

God Speed, Michelle P

Jenny Wheelis said...

Amazing, Amazing, Amazing! I am so excited for you... can't wait to hear more of the story...!

Amy Woods said...

Ummm...Yeah!!! Did I miss the post about you getting your TA? I'm so excited! You KNOW I'll be following along!!!

Amy Woods said...

And P.S....is a family member going with you like the last two times?

Jess and Tim said...

I have chills!!! I am sooo happy for you!!! You will be celebrating the best Chinese New Year Yet-as a Family of 5!!!!!!! Awesome!

Tanya, Frank, Madison & Blake said...

GOD IS GREAT!!!! I know that it has been a LONG road for all of you but know that it will all be worth it. Congratulations...now it is time to get packing :-)

Jenn said...

YIPPEE!!! I can't wait to follow along (again) It has been great watching your family grow via the blog and it was even better to finally meet yal at the reunion in VA.
You can bet I'll be checking the blog quite often during your trip. It will be amazing to see Darcy finally in your arms :)
<><
Jenn

Kimberly said...

Yaaaay! So excited and happy for all of you! Just a few days left and you will have your Darcy at last!

Lilly said...

CONGRATULATIONS! so you are going before us? So sorry that we will miss each other. Perhaps by the time you are leaving GZ, we will be arriving. Prayers for a safe and happy trip back to your children's country of birth!

Heathe said...

OH MY GOSH!!!! YEAH! What a wonderful news. Can't wait to see you all together!
Love,
Heather

Amanda said...

Woo Hoo!!! I am so excited for your family! February 20 seems so very soon! And I am so excited for Traci and Adam as well. Your family is growing at super speed! Congratulations!
Amanda

Melanie said...

How terribly exciting for you guys! And Adam and Traci as well. Our family is just getting bigger and bigger...we'll have to have a family reunion this summer for us Northerners to meet all the little ones. Love ya guys.

Glenda said...

I am soooo excited! It has been a wonderful to walk with you throughout this journey. I know that God has wonderful things in store. I'm glad to be able to watch them all unfold! Love you guys and absolutely can't wait to meet Miss Darcy!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Feb 20th is Maya's 4th birthday. it's a great day!
Karen

Bekah said...

WOW! How you guys have come around and around! Just let us know when you are flying in! Will it be Raleigh or Charlotte???????

Anonymous said...

WOo Whoo!!!
Aunt cici

Monica said...

YAY! Can't wait to see that precious grin in your arms!

Monica
big sis to Reese
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