Tuesday, September 4, 2012

our itinerary

ready for China!

Wow! One more sleep and we board the plane to China tomorrow morning.
I can hardly believe it! Actually, I've been saying that a lot lately!

Another dream of ours is coming true... and we are amazed that the Lord has given us another beautiful girl to raise in His word. And to love and cherish with all our hearts. We are so thankful and truly blessed to be taking this journey again.

Lilah jumped out of bed this morning and ran straight to the calendar on the fridge to 'X' off the last day before we travel. She is beyond excited! We've been packing over this past few days and like always, any time we are packing for a vacation, she is just beside herself with excitement, running and jumping and talking non-stop. She simply can't wait to meet her sister.

I have downloaded VPN, so I am hoping to be able to blog while in China. In the mean time, I'll post our itinerary...

September 05th - Fly Ottawa/Toronto/Beijing
September 06th - Arrive in Beijing
September 07th - Free Day
September 08th - Free Day
September 09th - Fly to Changsha (Hunan)
September 10th - Forever Phebe Day!
September 11th - Apply for Phebe's passport
September 12th - Sight Seeing in Hunan
September 13th - Visit Changde SWI (Phebe's home for her first 2 years)
September 14th - Pick up Phebe's passport
September 15th - Fly to Beijing
September 16th - Apply for Phebe's visa
September 17th - Phebe's medical examination
September 18th - The Great Wall
September 19th - Hutong Tour and Drum Tower
September 20th - Free Day
September 21st - Pick up Phebe's Visa
September 22nd - Summer Palace
September 23rd - Fly Beijing/Toronto/Ottawa

Yikes, it all looks kinda busy! I guess that's all part of life now, so I better get used to it!


  1. Safe travels to you, Jill! I'll be praying for you all and thinking of you non-stop (seriously!). I'll be watching your blog closely!

    All the best,


  2. Wow Jill, can you believe its here! Seems no time since we heard of little Phebe's 'arrivl'! Please know that we will be praying much for you all and that Phebe will adjust without too much heartache. Safe travels! Looking forward to the blog! Grace

  3. can't wait to follow your journey once again! all the best and many many prayers for a safe and successful trip to the land of china!

  4. cant wait to be with you all in journey - well in our thoughts and hearts anyway - cant wait to see the first fotos of you holding Phebe and giving her a kiss - i still remember the video of Colin giving Lilah a kiss - so precious - praying for you all dear friends - words cant describe how overjoyed i am for you all - and praying for big sister Lilah too - and of course Phebe, love to you all, sharon

  5. oh meant to say 10th september is amys 11th birthday - so as we blow out her candles, we will remember your forver Phebe day, love sharon

  6. It is finally here! Love the suitcases! Enjoy every minute. You will all be in my prayers.

  7. Have a wonderful trip! In our family, the little sister Ailie is from Yangdong, where Lilah is from - that's how we found your blog. I love reading it and watching Lilah grow up. Tell her it's really fun to be an older sister - I'm one - and our Lexie loves being an older sister too! Safe travels there and back, and enjoy being a family of four! Fiona in WI (originally from Scotland, where I'm headed back to visit my parents next month - so I always love your photos of trips back to Ireland!)

  8. I can't believe you are on your way!!!!! So excited for you guys! Our prayers are with you!!!!

  9. Hope you have a great trip Jill. Is it a little easier knowing what to expect this time or does knowing make you anxious? Will be watching for new posts and praying you all the way there and back.

  10. AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH! You're going back to China!!! I just cannot wait! Woo hoo! :)

  11. Dear Jill, Colin & Lilah,
    We are so excited and happy for you that you are leaving tomorrow to go meet your precious daughter/sister! We are keeping you in our hearts and prayers that you will have a safe journey and a wonderful time there. We pray especially for your forever Phebe day, on Sept. 10th-what an amazing day that will be!! May you sense God's care and presence with you during this wonderful and special time in your lives. We love you.
    S & M xoxoxoxo

  12. OH MY GOODNESS!! Tomorrow morning..wow! Doing a little happy dance for you. I will be praying for safe, smooth travels and I can not wait to see that sweet girl in her Mama's arms.

    Gin =)

  13. Oh and I forgot to say how much I adore the little suitcases =)

  14. Have a wonderful trip
    I wish you lot of happiness
    Françoise from France

  15. I`m hooked on your blog.....but feel so lucky to soon be sharing the experience with you and your family.

  16. You will be close in thought today as you travel. Safe journey to one of my favourite families!


    PS. Ok I know you are busy traveling to China but where oh where did you get those adorable suitcases?!!!

    1. They are by Beatrix NY... here is the website Lea! It was so hard to find something that didn't have disney all over it!

  17. Yay!!! Let the excitement begin!!! Enjoy every minute and share it all with us!


    xo ellie

  18. Our thoughts and prayers go with you dear family as you make your way to China once again to bring your second daughter and our sweet grand-daughter home(: We look foward to seeing your journey unfold and skypeing with you when you finaly have Phebe Jayne in your arms (cant wait! counting down the days) So very excited (:
    Enjoyed our little chat last evening (: LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH take care mummy & daddy (s&j) xxxx

    PSALM 143 verse 8
    Cause me to HEAR thy loving-kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to KNOW thy way wherin I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

  19. jill,

    i am so looking forward to following your journey. i just can't wait to see phebe in your arms and see the sisters together. :-)


  20. I can't wait to follow you on another amazing journey to daughter #2!!!!!!!! Blessings to you as you embark on this faith filled trip to Phoebe!

    I look forward to celebrating with you when that beautiful "Spicy Hunan" girl is placed in your arms!!!!!

    Hugs from MN,

  21. I have been reading Lila's blog but just got caught up and realized you were on your way to China. Can't wait to follow along. Just four short years ago, we adopted from the Hunan province (September 16th to be exact). I remember Changsha being sooooooo hot so hopefully it will be a bit cooler for you. Lilah is going to be a great big sister!!

  22. Safe travels! We will be thinking of you during your first days together as a family of four!

  23. Jill, I am so happy for you all. Thank you for "allowing us to share in your special memories". Safe travels. Mark, Debbie & Gracie