After months and months of what has felt like trying to run through quicksand, we can finally say we will meet Finley next month! We are waiting for our Article 5 to be dropped off at the American Consulate (hopefully on Tuesday) and then once we have pick-up (hopefully on the 22nd) we will then be waiting for our formal invitation from China (Travel Approval) to come meet Finley in Hohhot. If we can get TA in the "normal" time frame of 7-10 days we should be able to meet her on November 16th. This is the day we have been hoping and praying we would get to meet her on for the past few months. If we are outside the normal range we would meet her the 23rd. Please oh please let us be normal for a change! We have hit every delay, and glitch, and problem we possibly could with our paperwork so it would be nice to have this last step go smoothly. We cannot wait to see this face in person (look at how long her hair has gotten!)
When we travel we will start in Beijing and then fly to Hohhot where we will meet Finley. We will meet her on a Monday and will then fly to Guangzhou (on the opposite, warmer, end of China) on Friday where we will take her to a medical appointment and have our consulate appointment where they will issue her visa that allows her to travel back to the US with us. A little less than a week after getting to GZ we will then take a train to Hong Kong to spend a night before flying out the next day. All in all we will be in China a little over 2 weeks and will be at 4 hotels! I have spent a lot of time packing and unpacking but am still having trouble getting the last few items in our bags, who needs socks and underwear, right lol! Average temps for Hohhot range from 31-49 degrees with temps in Guangzhou being in the 70s so packing for 2 climates is no joke but those warmer temps at the end of our trip will be very welcome!
The girl's room is done and I have us about 90% packed so we are focusing on our last 2 fundraisers. We will be holding a FaceBook auction October 14-18th, make sure you join our group here so you are ready to bid when the auction does live, we have already had so many wonderful items donated and have many more on their way to our door. We have also set up a YouCaring account to help offset the mandatory orphanage donation that we pay when we meet her NEXT MONTH! Love that I can finally say next month.