Thursday, November 18, 2010

Heading Home


It's been a full week here in Guangzhou. We filled out Johanna's Visa paperwork, visited the American Consulate to take the oath of citizenship on her behalf, went to the local pearl market, visited a mall, took her to a clinic for her mandatory physical examination where we were given antibiotics to treat her continuing chest cold/bronchitis, visited the zoo, and did some souvenir shopping.

About three days ago, we were done. Not done with all the tasks we needed to complete, but DONE with being away from home. We wanted to see our boys, sleep on a bed that didn't feel like a park bench, and eat some good American food. Pretty much every couple in our group felt the same way. This is a long trip, in more ways than one.

Through it all, Johanna remains cheerful and easygoing. She's definitely become Daddy's little girl! She lights up when he walks into the room and starts performing tricks to make him laugh. I'm okay with it because when she's tired or needs to cuddle, she turns to me. :)

This is Friday morning for us, and we're spending the day packing up and getting ready to leave. We head to the airport at 7 pm tonight to catch a flight to Hong Kong. From there, we catch an eleven+ hour flight to San Francisco, switch planes and head to Chicago, switch planes one more time and head to Nashville. It's going to be a long, exhausting trip, but we can't wait to get started! We miss our boys and want to have the entire family together.

Plus, we're excited to sleep in our own bed!

Next week, I'll go through the 600 pictures we took and begin posting about some of the highlights in Hong Kong, Nanchung, and Guangzhou. For now, though, I need to pack and give Johanna her medicine (she's improved greatly!), and make sure I don't leave something essential behind in Guangzhou.

Home soon. I can hardly wait.

16 comments:

  1. Yay! So glad to see you home. :)

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  2. So glad she's feeling better and you're almost home! Hope the trip manages to fly by and you're all together really soon! best wishes :)

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  3. OOOH I am so excited!! Congrats again honey :D

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  4. I can imagine being away for that time in such a different place would be tough. I can't imagine the beds as I find most ones in American hotels too hard. Yikes.

    Hope you have safe travels. I look forward to the highlight pictures.

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  5. Safe journeys! Can't wait to have you home and see some of the pictures! :D

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  6. Have a safe journey! Very excited to see the pictures and hear more stories.

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  7. +JMJ+

    It's lovely to hear that she and her father have bonded so fast! May you have a safe trip back home so your family can be together at last. =)

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  8. What an amazing adventure! I can't imagine traveling that far, ever! But obviously your little darling was well worth it. Congrats.

    Have a good trip back.

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  9. In my thoughts and prayers for a safe trip home. So glad you have come this far. She's just precious.

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  10. So excited for you guys! It must be hard to be away from your boys. But you're bringing back the best little miracle for them ever. Safe travels and happy reunion!

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  11. See you when you return. Have a safe flight!

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  12. Hooray! You're done! Your boys will be so excited to see you and to meet their sister.

    I can't to see your pics of Hong Kong. That's where I grew up.

    Amy

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  13. Have a great trip back. It's always good to get home. Johanna looks so happy.

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  14. I love the picture. It will be good to have you all back home. I am so excited for you and your family. It has been such a long road, but one worth traveling. :)

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  15. I can't imagine how ready you must be to go home--but how exciting to bring Johanna with you! Here's hoping for a safe trip home. Can't wait to hear more. (And enjoy lots of ICE COLD DRINKS!)

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