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Adoption Journal: Emmaline

All times are in China Time (UTC/GMT-8). For reference, Pacific Standard Time is 16 hours behind.

Please note: the most recent posts are listed first. For a full sense of our adoption travel experience, go to the bottom of the page and work your way upwards.

Welcome to Emmaline Anne Ding's adoption website. This blog details our family's adoption of this beautiful little girl from China in 2005. While the focus of the blog is to record our trip to China, you can also find more about her adoption by clicking on the links to the right.

Monday, November 07, 2005

A few more photos, return trip is in sight

Today was a relatively uneventful day, but important. Our daughter's visa application was submitted to the U.S. consulate in the morning and was accepted without fanfare. Our guides pick up the visas tomorrow, when we go to the consulate for a very brief swearing-in ceremony. This morning we stayed in just in case any issues arose: for those reading our blog for future adoption trips, it's important to bring copies of the amendments page of one's passport. In Lois' case, there was a brief but important note re: her name change after we got married.

In the afternoon, we went to Shamian Island with the group, but didn't buy anything in the little shops. The weather was oppressive: humid and quite warm; even though the skies were as gray as anything. The smog didn't help. Andrew also missed his afternoon nap, so by the time we got on the bus to return to the hotel at 6pm he was a sobbing mess. He went down early tonight.

Well, not much else to report. Tomorrow is low-key, with a quick formality at the consulate. And we pack for home. We leave Wednesday around noon to catch a flight to Hong Kong at 2pm (CZ307 landing at 3pm); then homeward to SFO on a 10pm flight. We hope to check our bags in at Guangzhou straight through to SFO. Our only remaining concern will be trying to get good seats: hopefully against a bulkhead so we can get a wall-mounted bassinet for Emmaline.

Some more photos, and a video now..

First, a photo showing off a very modern trend in most of the world outside of the U.S., and especially in China & Europe: text messaging via mobile phone. We saw this scene outside the White Swan Hotel today on Shamian Island:



A few photos of our children in various contexts:









And lastly, a delightful video of our little Emmaline giggling (coerced, of course!).

Blessings and grace to you all!

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