12.9.19 - Forever Family Day
Updated: Oct 28, 2019
12.9.19. There are fewer dates as important as this one in our lives. This date is marked as our Forever Family Day, and one that we will cherish, celebrate, and recognize annually. On this day, we will come to meet Mia face-to-face for the first time, and will be sealed as a family until the end of time. It’s a day we have dreamed about, prayed about and talked about for the past 720+ days. At the time of this post, it’s hard to image that this day, yes the very day we have planned for and eagerly awaited is now just 49 days away. Eeek!
As we have gone through the adoption process, nothing has felt more real than the realization that this is the date we will meet our baby girl. The process is filled with endless paperwork, signatures, back-and-forth emails with our agency & the anticipation of traveling to China at some point in the future to bring our child home. But the day we received our travel itinerary with our detailed schedule is what changed all of that. While our airfare and hotel have been booked for weeks, the final itinerary definitely created a sense of reality for us both.
On top of this itinerary, we also recently received updated photos of Mia (see below), including an update on her progress and measurements. Our sweet girl is growing up way too fast, and we can’t wait until we get to hold her in our arms. YAY! 😊
Fast forward to today- and her nursery is 99% complete – with a closet filled with clothes, shelves full of books and puzzles, and lots, and lots of toys.
As you can imagine, we are literally counting down the days, hours and minutes until we leave for China. An immense amount of planning was required to get us to this point – but we have everything arranged – a house sitter to take care of Tillie and Bruce, shopping for all of the major essentials we’ll need for Mia’s arrival, and flights, hotels, and inter-country transportation is booked. When in China, we certainly plan on taking LOTS AND LOTS of pictures and video when there. We’ll be in Beijing for a couple of days, should see the Great Wall and the Forbidden City and the rest of the time in southern China finalizing Mia’s adoption.
As we are nearing the end of this long journey we can’t help but reflect on the process. The endless paperwork, multiple books read, videos and articles reviewed, countless trips to FedEx, checks written and so many appointments it is hard to believe, yet amazing to know that in literal weeks we’ll become a family of 3 – well 5 if you count Tillie and Bruce. We’d love to be able to tell you that the process is easy and totally stress free along the way. That fact is though, it wasn’t and incredibly frustrating at times. Yet here we are, 6 short weeks away and without a doubt we can say – it was TOTALLY WORTH IT.