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Trip to China 
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Monday, May 23

Well, our journey to Isabelle is officially out of St. Louis as we headed to and arrived in Atlanta on the 21st.  The packed down minivan left our house at 0800 just as planned and we stopped for gas and then went on our way.  As we drove and talked, I could have sworn that several two-seater speedsters passed and looked at the van and the driver shook his head, but that could have been my imagination.  Anyway back to the trip, we were moving right along when I told Stefanie that it is always interesting when you cross railroad tracks on an interstate!  We looked at each other and that is about when I realized that we were lost and that I needed to muster some bravado and explain that I knew exactly where we were.  Stefanie, in her usual loving manner, allowed me the opportunity to take more rope to hang myself and said she didn't think any of the surrounding countryside looked familiar but didn't say to stop.  Then, we saw the sign at the same time - We were headed west!  OH NO!  A quick U-turn later and we had only added 2.5 to 3 hours to our trip.  Several back roads plus a stop for food and we were back on the interstate that we originally should have taken to Nashville.  We arrived in Atlanta slightly behind schedule and were greeted by our extended family. 

The 22nd was a day of rest as Stefanie and her sister Angie went shopping and I went with my brother-in-law Bob, his daughter Avery, and Asher and Dalton to the pool.  Some burgers were had for dinner and then it was time for Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy.  We prayed with the boys before bedtime and that is when Stefanie and I realized the gravity of leaving Asher and Dalton for the first time in their young lives.  Probably tougher for us than for them because Angie and Bob love them very much and will be awesome substitute parents while we are away.

Today we woke up to the realization that we fly out tomorrow to get our precious daughter.  Everyone is excited and we are accomplishing some last minute details, including: packing, washing clothes, saying goodbye to the boys, introducing ourselves to the family that we will meet in Nanjing, and going out to dinner with Stefanie's mom.  Tomorrow it is off to the MARTA station for the trip to the airport and then we slip the surly bonds of earth for our trip to China.

Trip Itinerary
Tue., May 24 Depart from Atlanta at 9:00 a.m. Make stops in Detroit and Tokyo before arriving in Guangzhou, China at 10:35 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25.
Thu., May 26 Leave Guangzhou at 9:20 a.m. and arrive in Beijing at 11:55 a.m.
May 26-29 Make several tour stops in Beijing, including the Great Wall and Forbidden City.  We'll also have the opportunity to shop.
Sun., May 29 Depart Beijing at 12:45 p.m. and arrive in Nanjing at 2:25 p.m.
Mon., May 30 Gotcha Day! We receive Isabelle YangTing, who will have traveled from the Huai'An SWI in the province of Jiangsu (about four hours from Nanjing).
Sat., June 4 Leave Nanjing and head back to Guangzhou on Saturday, June 4.
Tues., June 7 American Consulate appointment
Wed., June 8 Chinese Visa issued
Thu., June 9 Depart from Guangzhou at 8:20 a.m. and, after stops in Tokyo and Detroit, land in Atlanta at 7:14 p.m.

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