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6.16.2011

Who's going...

As signs around here point to our departure coming ever sooner ~ suitcases full of clothing, a MOUNTAIN of non-clothing things that need to get into said suitcases, our "sleeps until China" chain with only five links left ~ it's starting to feel real.

We are so excited!  And by "we" I mean our travel party.  Who's in you say?
Well, us.


Yeah, I know, kinda obvious, huh?

And them.


Yes, we are taking all our kids.  For some people it doesn't work.  For us it has with each trip so far.

**The biggest issue this time was the cost of their airfare.  Cause if you've priced airfare to Asia lately, it isn't cheap...  But I couldn't let this post go by without giving a HUGE shout out to our Heavenly Father.  We did pray over the decision and had a peace that taking all our kids was the right thing to do and the price would be what it would be.  So we took a deep breath and hit purchase on that airfare for a family of five going (SIX coming home!).  The praise?  Over the weeks since we purchased our tickets, we've had several reimbursements come in.  Some that we had expected, some that we hadn't.  And the total?  Within a few hundred of all three kids international airfare.  We are fully aware of the blessing that we've been given in that!  **

(Now back to the travel party)...

And her.

i know, look at those babies with her!  they were so TINY then!
Cause it's always better to have your mom around "in the delivery room!"

And until just yesterday Kathy ~ my "mother-in-love" ~ was in the party too.

again, look at those babies, will ya?
Unfortunately she has had some recurring complications following an appendectomy back in April and had to make the very difficult decision that she is going to have to stay home.

Kathy, (or Grandma, depending on who is talking) we will miss you so!

That means that it's "Game on!" for me to keep her updated on how things are going.  Like providing her a bird's eye view of our travels.  Everyone else will benefit from that as I will do my very best to keep her feeling almost as if she is along with us.

We think we've figured out how to be able to post here while we're gone.  And if that doesn't work, I have a very dear friend who has volunteered to receive emails with text and photos and post for me.  So stay tuned to the M6 adventure right here at Fireworks and Fireflies.

That said, there are some parts of the trip that are slightly more sensitive in nature.  (ie ~ meeting Daniel's foster family)  Those more personal aspects we have decided that we're going to keep more private until Daniel is old enough to decide how much he wants to share.  Luckily I won a website hosting on "the 30 days of giveaways" at Ni Hao Y'all back in December.  In addition to sharing much of our joys, and of course some "keepin' it real moments" here at Fireworks and Fireflies, I'll be posting at Adoption Voyages  where I can control who has a complete insiders' view of our trip.  I'll be sending out the login and password to family and close friends in the next day or so.  If you would like to be included, send me an email (provided in right sidebar) and let me know how I know you and I'll consider inviting you along at Adoption Voyages too.

And now, back to packing.  After all, we leave in like 108 hours.  Not that I'm counting...

Because soon, this little guy will be joining our travel party too!

17 comments:

Laurie said...

I have chills. Thinking about that countdown chain.... serious chills! You are going to have a BLAST with your travel group. SO exciting that your mom is going to make the trip with you guys. Yahoo!! :)

Di said...

How exciting!! I am sorry Kathy can't go with you though! But glad we'll be kept in the loop. I'll miss the first few days as I am away myself.....but not for anything nearly exciting! For me it's work with a couple of days holiday tagged on....

Roll on 108 hours!

Andrea said...

Can I go too?! I'm already half-way there! ;-) Honestly Kristi, how have you stayed sane being apart from that cutie pie in his super suave shirt. Count those hours! I'm sure there's an app for that!

Julie said...

God always provides, doesn't he? I'm excited to follow along to see Daniel. I would be getting sleepless at this point. But so exciting that it's getting closer and closer.

Tina Michelle said...

How exciting! I am looking forward to watching the journey and seeing the little ones meet their new brother!

Laine said...

GASP!
I feel like it's ME going!
SO EXCITED FOR YALL!
Praise God for how He ALWAYS provides...so wonderful!

Smiling from ear to ear!!!!!!!!

prechrswife said...

It's getting close! :-) So excited for all of you!

Gwen said...

Woo hoo! So, so excited for your whole family! Awesome!

Our Journey said...

I'm so sorry that your mother-in-law isn't able to go. It's GREAT that you can keep her up to date. I can't wait to watch your journey. I'll be busy w/ you & the Corbari's -- are you going to be able to see each other there? So excited for you all!!!

McNew Family said...

Kristi, oh, please, don't forget to invite me to your journey blog!!!!! LOVE the photos of your visit with the other families!!!

Donna

Ashton said...

wow, God is so good! SO happy for you!

Traci said...

My stomach just did a flip for you! I can't wait to meet him!!! :)

Sarah said...

I'm so happy that you all get to go. What an experience it will be for Kylie, Caleb & Darcy (& then Daniel).

Lee and Sarah VanGrunsven said...

So exciting!:) Can't wait to follow your journey in China!

Heather said...

If possible, I would LOVE to follow along! I'm so excited for you guys!

Anonymous said...

Hey Miller 5 almost 6. I am so excited for you all. Whenever I need a pick me up moment I check your blog for progress. I am so very excited and know that even though Ian's mom won't be traveling she will be there with you every step of the way. Will be keeping all of you in our prayers this week as you prepare to leave and throughout your journey.

Julie Shively

Nancy said...

I'm so glad the kids get to go with you! Isn't God amazing how he just works things out? I'm so sorry your MIL couldn't go. BTW, I love how you call her your mother in love!