China, here we come!
We packed our three bags and weighed them again and again (shifting items from suitcase to suitcase to ensure nothing exceeded 44 pounds). We also rented a minivan to drive to the airport since long term parking is pretty expensive and we needed more space than our Honda Accord afforded us. Coming home, we'll have even less space because we'll have an extra person!
I created some "info cards" to hand to curious passers-by in China. We did this last year when we adopted Gwen. The card, essentially, said that we were adopting a Chinese baby and we would love and cherish her, etc. They were very enthusiastically received so we're doing something similar this time too. I used http://babelfish.altavista.com/ and translated a few sentences into simple Chinese then threw the translation back into babelfish and translated it into English to make sure it made sense. After a few rounds, I found something workable so I added a couple of pictures and came up with this (click the image to see a larger view).
It's simple but, hopefully, sufficient to get the point across that our girls are adopted and very much wanted and loved by us. We really are honored to be given the opportunity to be their family. When you really think about it, you realize what an amazing gift we've been given.
It's midnight and we're wrapping it up and about to head to bed. Our next post will come from China!
Thanks to all of our wonderful friends in Bloggerville (many of whom graced us with their company in real life). I can't imagine how hard these two journies would have been without all of you! We feel like you're family!
Donna & Andrew