This will be our last post until we get home and get our bodies turned around again. Please ignore the posting times shown because I'm writing in the evenings, not the crazy times showing on the posts. Six of the eight families in the Bethany groupo left early this morning. We, along with one other family, are required to stay a day longer due to a TB test that the other families die not have to do. Unfortunately - because of the dragon boat festival - the government offices are closed today, so that delays us even another day. Tomorrow we have our final paperwork signing and swearing in at the U.S. Consulate. We plan to give Vivian a bath tomorrow then head to the Consulate, then a final dinner and back to the hotel for final packing up. We leave the hotel at 6 am Friday morning for the airport. They will collect all but one bag of ours tomorrow night. Kind of weird, but they load them in the bus the night before because of the early start. We leave Guangzhou about 8 am and arrive in Shanghai around 10 am. Six hour layover and then the final flight to Chicago, leaving at 3:55 Friday afternoon and arriving at 4:40 Friday afternoon. A 45 minute flight, pretty sweet! Well, actually it's 13 hours and 45 minutes, with a 13 hour time gain as we fly.
We are very much ready to come home, but I can see why it is going to be hard! We have had a lot of down time here, so it'll be a shock to the system to return to house and yard work and cooking.
Oh, we attempted the red couch pictures, but they did not work the best. The oldest adoptee Lynn was a good sport about it. She is sort of holding Vivian. There were two five year old in our group and the rest are little ones. All kids in our group are in the special needs category.
Vivian is doing great and still just as cute as ever. We've taught her to press the elevator button, and she reaches out on her own to do that. Two other moms in our group have remarked how Vivan has really livened up and brightened up since she has been with us. It's amazing what lots of attention in just over one week has done.
Thank you all for your continued prayers for us. Jaret and Isaac, we'll see you soon. Love you all lots!
Ken, Keri, and Vivan