Thursday, May 6, 2010


First things first, we received our letter from the National Visa Center today. We can officially check one more step off of our list of approvals needed. We should receive our Article 5 in about two weeks, and then travel approval a few weeks after that. Then we GO TO CHINA!

So speaking of going to China, we have decided that I will travel with Julianna. We have prayed about it, talked about it, and thought about it. We just have peace about this decision. I know a lot of people disagree or worry about that idea. However, I am not “typical” in most respects. Let me tell you a little story…

When I was 16, my brother arranged for me to fly to Dallas from South Carolina to spend some time with him and his family. He worked for American Airlines at the time and arranged for me to fly on some standby/employee ticket. Everything started off just as planned. Apparently, however, I had a little too much time on my hands during the layover in Raleigh. I decided that I didn’t want to go to Dallas. I wanted to go to Boston. You see, the New Kids on the Block lived in Boston. I really wanted to see the New Kids on the Block. So, I got the bright idea to go to Boston instead. I marched myself right up to the ticket counter and told them that I wanted to go to Boston. I guess since my ticket was an employee type ticket, they never questioned it and I boarded the plane to Boston. I should probably point out here that I didn’t tell anyone I was doing this. Anyway, I get to Boston, figure out how to take the train to Dorchester (where NKOTB lived, of course), and off I went. I spent the day hanging out, doing my thang, having a blast. When I was done seeing what I wanted to see (which unfortunately did not include any New Kid or any New Kid houses), I headed back to the airport.

When I got to the airport, I was told the flight to Dallas was too full and I would have to wait until the next morning. Um, no. I did not want to spend the night in the airport. I quickly decided that I would go to Los Angeles next. I arranged that and waited for my flight. So I went to LA. Long story short, I did finally make it to Dallas, but not until sometime the next day. I had a BLAST! I went to five major cities on two different coasts in 24 hours. Did I mention I was 16 and alone?
There was another time that I decided to chase the New Kids (yes, I was an unruly teen. Jealous?). I went to Atlanta and Knoxville. I was 16 (man, my mom had to have had an ulcer that year) then too. Anyway, so all of that to say (wow, I was chasing a rabbit there, wasn’t I?), that I am very go with the flow. I am not easily intimidated. I anticipate challenges and stresses on our trip to China. I understand there are a lot of unknowns. I believe I will be just fine.

So there you have it. A decision has been made. Whew. It feels good.

**Edited to add- Can you imagine the trouble I would have gotten into as a teen if there had been internet back in the day? Oh lawsy.


Valerie and Jeff said...

Peace in your heart and your husband's heart is a good sign after prayer consideration--which I know you have given this! It must be the right thing to do. Each journey is different as each child. You and your Julianna must be just the thing Willa will need to feel secure in this part of her journey home!! I am so glad you have peace! And I look SO forward to your actual trip. There will be many of us "going along" with you too with prayer. And I cannot believe the trip you took at 16! Girl, if there are paybacks you are in for a doozy! Your poor mother! (Of course, maybe she's a go-with-the-flow kinda gal too?) Fun stories of youth though!

Chasity said...

Michelle, sounds fun, but if I had done that, my I would not be with us My parents would have eliminate any existance of Chasity. You apparently didn't get into to much trouble from your crazy day! I'm praying for you and your trip. Whatever decisions you make are right for your family...who cares if people don't agree, it's not their decision.

Tara Anderson said...

I'm totally excited for you, but I'm also totally jealous! :) I wish I was going to China in a month...heck, I'd be thrilled if we are DTC in a month!!! I am glad that God gave you clarity on the travel issue, though, and have no doubts it will work out fine. Did I mention that I'm totally jealous? :)

Deb said...

I've been praying for you guys! Goooo God!

Tara. said...

I didn't know those stories about you doing all those plane changes. Too funny! I'm so excited for you! What a special time this will be with your girls.

Von said...

Great News! I know you and JuJu will be safe. You have so many prayers being sent your way.
BEST WISHES....we can't wait to see Willa and know JuJu will watch over her sister. von

From all of us with love said...

Peace from God on any prayer request is better than words of anyone.
Enjoy your time in China. From your story you will be able to teach your two daughters the joy of enjoying!!! Praise God for your strength. Looking forward to continuing to pray and to see you and your daughters enjoying China and each other in the new pictures.