Thursday, November 11, 2010

On comments from the previous post...

Anonymous and Allen,

I really, really appreciate your wise advice. When we found out that we couldn't travel in November, I was just kind of numb. Or sick. Or both. When the options of December 1 or 8 were given to us, I of course immediately pounced on the 1st. I mean, come on-- get my girls here ASAP, right? When Jeremy lovingly suggested we look at the 15th, I thought he had gone crazy! To put off getting our girlies just to make it more convenient for the family seemed just nuts. But the more I listened to his reasoning, the more I began to see his very valid points. Leaving on the 15th, or the 22nd for that matter, would have lots of pros. We would get to have Christmas recitals (the girls have been practicing for weeks), Christmas programs, basketball games, etc. We would not have to pull the kids out of school for so many days because part of the travel time would be over Christmas break. We could celebrate Christmas early without all the stress of coming home exhausted and adjusting to our new family. Jeremy wouldn't have to take quite as many days of unpaid leave. It would be easier on my parents to watch the kids at that time, and they would get to hang out with cousins. The more I thought about it, the more sense it made-- and I was beginning to even feel excited about it.

So we emailed CCAI and asked if leaving later was a possibility. They were completely supportive, but mentioned that travel is more expensive around the holidays. We began to price some flights, and even called an awesome travel agency to do the same, and compare them to the dates we had been given. As it turns out, not traveling at the first of December would cost us MEGA bucks. As in, thousands.

January isn't an option, because we have to complete the adoption before Dec 31 for tax purposes.

I think that's why I was feeling so down about the dates we were given-- there isn't an alternative that works!

Anyway... Anonymous, I think you have it right. I wouldn't have thought it earlier today, but after going through hours of thinking and discussing-- I think you're just super wise and correct that we have to consider everyone's needs and that our girlies would be fine either way. Unfortunately, our wallets aren't allowing us to do that!

So... I've decided to perk up and get EXCITED! Being as how there's nothing I can do to change the dates, I'm going to believe that there is a reason we're leaving when we are! Teri, your comment invigorated me! You are right-- this IS something to squeal about! We're going to China! (insert squeal) (: Our kids are amazing and adaptable, and they will be fine. We'll do our best with what we've been given and know that Heavenly Father is watching out for us. Sophi and Lexi, here we come!!!



  1. Yippy It will all work out just as He has planned it!!! So happy for you. Many blessings to you in the next few weeks!

  2. Wow - for our part we couldn't be more excited for you guys!!!

    I came a hair of calling you last night (before I saw the blog this morning) because I was having a 'feeling' that something 'wasn't right' for you the past couple days - but yesterday that feeling eased off so I didn't call.....and this morning I read the last three entries on your blog.....oh my.....maybe we're more connected than we'd care to admit? Naw - I'm happy and excited to admit it!

    A part of the Thanksgiving 'let down' might have to do with Graci's adoption trip? It was over Thanksgiving that we first met Jer, Graci, and the boys! I was kind of secretly hoping that you'd get a TA in time for that!

    Regardless - You know you have our undying love and support! And Grandpa will be traveling with ya'll? Ain't that about exciting!

    As always - anything at all you guys need - we're here!

    hugs - loads of love - and a snoopy dance too!

    aus and co.

  3. We are so excited for you to finally have Travel Approval!! Yea!!! We are looking forward to having the boys and Elli. We will do whatever we can to help things go smoothly for the ones we have. Like you said, it will all work out. It might not be ideal timing, but it is a PERFECT adoption!

  4. You continue to amaze us! From when we first met part of your family in China, and for Jer to stay on with the three, it was so nice to give him the Skype time, and REALLY get to know the kids! You all have been so kind to us, even more supportive than family here. I wish we could do more to help make your trip happen the way YOU want! Its all in God's time. When I was anxious about our adoption bumps in the road I tried to just give it up to God, not think too much and TRUST. If I thought too hard I'd go crazy! So eager too to know what the other children think about the new little sisters coming! Remind us too of ages, IF you have time for sure...

    back to the snoopy dancing!
    Aus's partner in life

  5. Hi Guys,
    the Gombold's are very excited for you. Please tell Director Pei hello from Xiao Nan ofr Nan Nan as he was called, hope you got the photos ok.
    When we traveled for our kids I just had to keep in mind that the time was out of my control much like giving birth, the babies come when it is their time. We went to China when it was our babies time to come home.
    Keep us updated.
    Donna and the gang

  6. You are so often in our thoughts and prayers. How excited we are for you to be final in your plans to get your girls. We are excited to meet them as is everyone else. Just know your names are on the temple prayer roll and ALL is in HIS HANDS! Love

  7. I am sooo excited for you and I also can see how you are feeling that way! It's so hard to readjust when you had a plan in mind! I will pray that things will work out well and I can't wait to met your little beauties!

  8. I am SO excited for you guys! And just a little bit jealous (o: How wonderful to meet your two new little ones! I could squeal for you!

  9. Yay!!!!! Can't wait to follow your journey. Love you Greens!!

  10. I am SO excited that you will soon have your GIRLS in your arms! Can't wait to follow the journey!