After much checking, prayer, and re-checking we finally confirmed our airline tickets! It was starting to get very confusing. A referral from one of the adoption blogs directed us to a fabulous travel person who has arranged many an adoption trip! (thanks, Sue!) We will leave Oct. 8 arriving the following evening in Shenyang (Liaoning province capital.) Our agency says we will most likely meet Jie on Oct. 11. We'll be in the province until the 16th when we go to Guangzhou. We'll have Jie's medical appointment the 17th and our consulate appointment is the 20th. There is a "swearing in" ceremony on the 22nd. That evening we'll leave for Beijing, staying a day for sight-seeing, and then getting HOME on the night of the 24th.
Update on our matching grant with Lifesong for Orphans: we met our $2000. (Thanks, everyone!!) so have $4120. with the gifts & grants. Our goal was $5100. for the orphange donation fee. We'll also have approximately $1000. in fees (medical, Jie's visa, etc.) If you'd like to help us out we'd really appreciate it. (the address is in a previous post) You can send directly to Lifesong - or to us. Just make sure the check is written to Lifesong for Orphans - with "Langford #961 adoption" in the memo - or with a note. You can call it in to them as well. 309-747-3556 www.lifesongfororphans.org (it's tax-deductible ;)
Remember how this all started? ... with our friends meeting Jie when they were adopting their son? They promised Fu Jie they would pray for him that he would get a family. Well, they have helped with our travel expenses. We are overwhelmed with the love that is being shown to our son. God is so amazingly good.