The First Time We Saw Your Face...

The First Time We Saw Your Face...
Shu Hua Wen-Referral Photo

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Catching Up...

Grace Our Guide

Ten En Men Square

Forbidden City

In front of the Couples Tree

Mary at the Great Wall

Kevin at the Great Wall

Sorry it's been a couple of days since I posted. They have really been keeping us busy! Yesterday, our guide, Grace, took us to the Forbidden City, Tian En Men Square, and the Great Wall. We did not make it to the top, but my legs are aching today because of all the climbing. It's truly remarkable the magnitude of the Great Wall. And it was only 35 degrees! Grace also took us to the silk factory and to a Chinese restaurant. The food was very good! On the way back to the hotel, we drove by the Olympic Park (bird's nest), the Water Cube, and the Olympic village where the athletes stayed during the Olympics. There was only 1 other couple with us and they used to live in Georgetown, but have relocated to N. Carolina. We hope to see them again when we get to Guangzhou in a few days.

Grace told us Beijing has a population of 15 million. I am now convinced that the vehicle that has the loudest horn gets the right-of-way!

This morning we were up bright and early to catch our flight to Chengdu, which is where Chloe is. It was a 2 1/2 hour flight. We were met at the airport by our new guide, Susie. Her English is not as good as Grace's, but we are managing. We are the only family here in this province and get a lot of stares wherever we go. Our hotel is very nice. I like this one better than the one in Beijing, actually. Chengdu's population is 5 million, a small town compared to Beijing. Susie laughed when I told her the population of our hometowns. Chengdu is full of skyscrapers like Beijing, but in many areas looks poverty-stricken. You can see both extremes in a matter of blocks. We did drive by a McDonalds, Starbucks, and KFC! So when we have had all the Chinese food we can handle, we'll have back-up plans. (We also passed a Hooters driving in!) We can hardly believe we will drive to the orphanage tomorrow and pick up our Chloe. We have played out this moment so many times in our minds. We just pray she accepts us and adjusts to us quickly.

Here are some pictures we took yesterday during our outings. It was so funny. Kevin must be a novelty here as several people have stopped and had their picture taken with him. Today in the airport when we were waiting for our flight, a lady came in with a man and sat beside him and the man sat across with has camera and took their picture. When we arrived in Chengdu, he said his feelings were hurt because it had been 30 whole minutes and no one had taken his picture! He said he guesses they don't see to many white bald guys!

More Later...

(from Lesa... not sure why there is such a gap between the message and comment. I'll try to work on it)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Still No Word...

I keep looking and haven't found a message yet from Mary and Kevin. I'm sure they are worn out with such a full day they had.
I promise once I hear something you will.


Friday, January 29, 2010

We Made It!!!!

Well, we are finally here. What a long, exhausting trip! Thankfully, I was able to sleep a couple of hours. We arrived here around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, which was 12:30 a.m. back home. We were met at the airport by our guide, Grace, and taken straight to our hotel. The flight didn't make me motion sick at all; however, the driver that brought us to the hotel made up for that! Let's just say the rules of the road here in Beijing are not the same as in Temple, TX! Our hotel is very nice. It's called Poly Plaza. We are advised not to drink the water, so we use bottled water to take medication, brush our teeth, etc. Tomorrow morning we start out at 9:00. Grace will meet us in the lobby and we will tour the Great Wall, The Forbidden City, and Tian En Men Square. We will post photos as soon as we can. Till tomorrow...

(Hi this is Lesa, Mary's friend. I am making the posts for her since she can't access her blog account in China. Go ahead and leave them a comment cause they can read those. I will be posting more for her tomorrow with PICTURES!)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Time Has Come!

This is the last post until we arrive in China. Please keep us in your prayers for safe travel, that we and Chloe will bond quickly, and that her medical condition will be minor, or better yet, no longer there! We will be leaving shortly for the airport and will fly to Houston, spend the night, then take off for Beijing tomorrow morning. So until then...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


I hate packing!! I have this fear that I'm going to forget something, or pack something I shouldn't, or put something in checked baggage that should be in the carry on, or go over the maximum allowed weight, or...the list goes on and on. Thank goodness, Kevin is a more experienced traveler than I am. I can count on one hand the amount of times I've flown. Being on a plane for 19 hours is not comforting to me. But I'm going to try to do it cold turkey, no patch, no Dramamine. We'll see how long that lasts!

Thank you, Sherry dear, for providing your packing list. It's been a tremendous help!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Our Travel Itinerary

1/27 Fly to Houston
1/28 Depart Houston for Beijing
1/29 Arrive in Beijing
1/30 Sightseeing Tour: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tian An Men Square
1/31 Fly to Chengdu
2/2 Sightseeing Tour: Panda Center
2/3 Civil Affairs Office (paperwork)
2/4 Shopping, Chloe's Passport, Fly to Guangzhou
2/5 Chloe's TB Test, Visa Photo, Medical Exam
2/6 Sightseeing Tour: Chen Family Temple
2/7 Sightseeing Tour: Yun Tai Garden
2/8 Read Chloe's TB Test, Take Family Documents to American Consulate
2/9 Oath-Taking Ceremony at American Consulate
2/10 Pick up Chloe's Visa
2/11 Depart for Beijing

Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Daddy's Work is Never Done

And Away We Go!

Finally, after encountering every hurdle there is to encounter...we will be departing for China on January 27th to bring our girl home! We don't have our China itinerary yet, but we do know we'll fly to Houston on the 1/27, spend the night then catch our next flight early on the morning of 1/28. This is going to be the longest 10 days of our lives!!

Stay tuned for more details...

Monday, January 11, 2010

Updated Info From Ann at Red Thread China

Ann was sweet enough to find out some updates for us:

height :85cm
head :45cm
chest :46cm
feet :12cm

From googling size charts on the internet, Chloe is now wearing 2T clothing at the age of 3 years, 5 months old. She's a petite little girl. Here's the updated photo Ann sent, too!

I-171H Has Arrived!

We received our I-171H from the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service last Saturday! I was taking a nap and Kevin came into the bedroom, woke me up, and held the form up proudly and said, "We're going to China!" Sunday we scanned the document and sent it to Nancy, our Travel Advisor, and now she is doing what she can to make our Consulate appointment. She said she'll do her best to get us to China this month. Now it's just wait and see...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

PJ Care Package

Thanks to the recommendation of a fellow adoptive mom, Kevin and I ordered Chloe a PJ Care Package from Ann at Red Thread China. It consisted of a pair of pjs, a blanket, a stuffed little doll, a bag of candy, a translated letter that we wrote, and we added on 2 disposable cameras that the orphanage will hopefully use before we get there to take some photos of her. I hope she liked it. I would've loved to have been there when she opened it. Here is a picture of the package that Ann sent us.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Thank Heaven for Little Girls...

Welcome and thank you for reading our adoption blog! We titled it "To the Moon and Back" because that is where this long process has felt like it has taken us. We began this journey 4 long years ago, and now we are just weeks from bringing our daughter home! It is truly unbelievable and definitely an act of God! And all the glory will definitely go to Him!

We are scheduled to leave for China on January 21, 2010; however, we are still missing one important piece of paper from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. We're praying it will arrive any day now!

Let me introduce you to our daughter:

Chinese Name: Shu Hua Wen
To be known as: Chloe Ruth Walker
Birthday: August 7, 2006
Current Location: Children's Welfare Institute of Chengdu City
Provence: Sichuan