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Tracy Downey
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May 5, 2016 - U.S. Consulate day pics and overview
Waiting for our guide to get the Visa paperwork from the medical checks earlier this week. This is the U.S. Consulate building.  They issue 2000 U.S. Visas/business day for Chinese who wish to visit or work in the U.S. Adoption families have their very own ...
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Future U.S. Citizens!!!!
This morning we were up bright and early, well it was supposed to be bright and early but my alarm didn't go off so it ended up being 40 minutes before we were supposed to be down in the lobby to leave @ 7:30am.  Can you say Eeeek! Thankfully, everyone coop...
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May 4, 2016 - Guangzhou City Zoo & Cantonese Restaurant
This morning we ventured out into the extremely humid Guangzhou climate to visit the City Zoo.  The zoo is only about 20 minutes from the hotel.  This is a first for me, the past two times we have gone to Safari Park, which is nice but it is an hour drive a...
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May 3, 2016 - Medicals and Shamien Island
This morning we left for the U.S. Embassy for the kids' visa pictures and medical check-ups necessary to be issued a U.S. Visa.  Thankfully, they have a special area in this office just for adopting families because it would have been a really long wait oth...
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May 2, 2016 - Logan's 15th Birthday & Pearl River Cruise
First off, today was my second son's 15th Birthday - what an awesome experience he has had to begin this next year of his life!  Today did not disappoint in making it an even more memorable day. We started the day with a dip in the pool before lunch! This w...
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May 1, 2016 - Free time and Overall update
Yesterday was our first full day here in Guangzhou.  In the morning, the group went on a city tour to the Buddhist Temple. Old Chen House, and Provincial Art Crafts shopping center.  I sent my teens on this experience because I have done most of this before...
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April 30, 2106 - Zhengzhou to Guangzhou
This morning we ate our final big breakfast!  Since we are using points to pay for our stay at the Marriott, breakfast is not included and at about $30 a person, we chose not to pay for it either.  Peanut butter, the bakery, and McD's will suffice and save ...
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This morning started as usual but I dressed Esther and Xavier in some special items that I had a friend in the adoption community make for them just prior to our trip here to China.  These ones say: For this child I have prayed -  1 Samuel 1:27  I have anot...
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Tid Bits
Things that I want to document, just wanting to keep it real for those who are about to take this journey and those who are considering adoption.  Being prepared for or expecting the worst and prayer are the two best advice tips I can give when taking this ...
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April 28, 2016 - Esther's orphanage visit
Today started out the same, getting everyone up and moving to hit the breakfast buffet.  I thought I might loose a few pounds while here but with this awesome buffet of so many options, I'm not sure if that will happen or not. At this point I was praying we...
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