Friday, February 28, 2014

On our way to Nanning

Jean and I have completely loved our time in Hong Kong, but it is time to get down to business and get to the mainland! Just a few more days before EmmaGrace is in our arms. In Hong Kong we visited nearly every corner of the city and a few of the islands. Our guide Joy was awesome and we would highly recommend her is you are ever in HK. Sorry for the lack of pictures but such is the way of free wifi. We saw the giant Buddha by taking the crystal floored tram up the side of several mountains...great time. More from Nanning as long as the firewall doesn't keep us from posting.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Quite a view

We woke up to this view...that is assuming you can see it on the blog. We are overcoming some technical difficulties. We are up and getting ready to tour Hong Kong with our guide. We just finished breakfast were we discovered an awesome machine...the one minute pancake maker. The plan is to see the peak and harbor views today and then the "big Buddha" tomorrow. Out for now. Photos once we hit some real wifi again.

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Just checking in...

Jean and I have landed in Seoul and are excited to find wickedly fast free internet. We had a great flight on the way over, note to self...Korean Air rules!! It is 3am in San Antonio right now, but we are doing okay. We had some babe bop for dinner, I think we caught the flight attendant off guard because she said "that's Korean food". I said yes it is and we will have it for lunch. Great service that included wine for lunch! Heading to Hong Kong in a few hours. Interesting airport, just passed a string quartet and a grand piano player making music in the hall. Starbucks coffee was 4100 or @ $3.80, worth every cent. More from Hong Kong, but probably after some much needed sleep.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Off we go into the wild blue yonder!

Jean and I are minutes from boarding Korean Airlines flight 32 bound for Incheon with service to Hong Kong! So psyched, but nervous at the same time. I saw the food truck deliver so I guess we are good. God bless everyone that helped make this trip a reality. More from Asia!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Here we go, here we go now!

Jean and I are still packing our things, but we are psyched because we are traveling with only one carry-on each! Yes you heard me, one carry-on each! I guess after our many trips, we have become expert packers or minimalists...not sure which. We are excited to keep you all up to date along the way. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

We received CA!!!

We got the call earlier this morning that we have our consulate appointment set for March 11th! It is, as they say, GO TIME around here at the O's! 

As Willy Wonka said, "We have So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you!!"

 The plan is to fly from San Antonio to Dallas on Monday and then let the journey begin from there early on Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Can you say...Almost?

We have purchased our airline tickets and are set to head out next week, but (the proverbial but) we still need our Consulate appointment! We are hoping to receive a phone call early tomorrow morning and then feel confident in our Korean Airlines tickets. I forgot how hard it is to sleep with so much on your mind. Thank you to you all that have donated your time, money, and prayers for our family, we truly appreciate it and trust in God. We know that no matter when we finally do get to China, our journey will be 100% on God's time and correct for what EmmaGrace needs. Please continue to pray for us as we get ready to travel. We are softly chanting CA...CA...CA here at the O's homestead. Consulate whammies!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Travel Approval!

It is official!  We have been approved to travel very soon to complete EmmaGrace's adoption and to bring her home.  We are very excited to finally reach this milestone in the adoption journey.  Later this week we should hear back from our agency as to when our consulate appointment has been scheduled.  Once we have the date confirmed in writing we can then purchase our airline tickets.  We have already booked our hotel rooms - we jumped the gun a bit.  This isn't our first adoption rodeo.  We just wanted to make sure we could reserve the hotels we desired. 

Isn't this smile precious?  We just can't wait to bring this little sweetheart home! 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Meet EmmaGrace...soon to be the next member of the O's!

Jean & Scott will be traveling without our "entourage" this time when we go to China. We expect to travel during the last part of February or early March. We are planning on spending sometime in Hong Kong to get over the much anticipated jet lag. We are praying to get to EmmaGrace by her birthday at the end of the month, she and Jean share the same day for their birthday. Keep an eye out on the blog as we will try to keep it up to date as we move into this next chapter of our lives.

On other fronts, it looks like Nate will be going to college this fall. Drew just made Eagle Scout a few weeks ago and Lily is doing great in everything she tries. The "bigs" of the family ran a half marathon to raise funds for our adoption and yes we all finished!

We are truly blessed and ask for your continued prayers as we navigate the path the Lord has laid before us. Scott just wishes the path was more well lit; going off track is no fun!

Lilymei joined our family...

Lilymei was born...

Drew is...

Nate is...

Jean and Scott have been married....