Tuesday, February 1, 2011

We have our travel approval :)

Well, it looks like we are going to China!!! Our agency called today (as I was getting in the tubby so I could go to work. perfect timing!!) to tell us that our travel approval arrived! I wasn't expecting it but almost fell over when I heard their "ring" on my phone :) But the bad part. Because I do not have a filter and I am so fly by the seat of my pants... When he told us that we got our TA I immediately said..."Shut Up!!" I say that alot. Not really meaning shut up, just "are you kidding me??" But the voice on the other end said, "I'm sorry, what?" Then I had to go into mumbling and backtracking, which I don't do well. But in the end we STILL got approval and our SAM IS COMING HOME!!!!!!
Now, because of the Chinese New Year things are going to be tricky this week. Normally we would know something tomorrow but because its going to be a skeleton crew working it may not be until the end of NEXT week. That's right. I said next week. Our agency put in our first requested dates of 2/25 to be in Jiangsu. Praying that someone is working tomorrow and can confirm those for us :) My FIL found some fabulous flights but cannot book them until we know something for sure. Please let tomorrow be the day!!!
Oh, I am freaking out. So much to do still... I cannot believe that Samuel is coming home. God has been so good to us and has shown us favor time and time again. We are so blessed that he chose US.
I will keep all 5 of you (that actually read this blog. THANK YOU) updates as soon as I hear something!

Really cute story... Convo with my father-in-law:

Stu: Did you happen to talk to your husband today? (This was about 20 minutes into our conversation)
Me: Yes, I talked to him about 30 minutes ago, why?
Stu: Did he happen to tell you that I was in Austria right now?
Me: (crickets...) Nope, he sure didn't. What time is it right now?? (please GOD don't let it be some rediculous hour)
Stu: Oh, about 12:30am
Me: I am SO sorry!!! (Note to self, communicate with hubby more) I didn't mean to wake you!! I am soooorryy!!!
Stu: This is important!! This is exciting!! I am ready to get my grandson! This is worth being awake for!!

Awww :) For those of you that are just joining us, my FIL is going with Shannon to China :)


  1. Congratulations! How exciting!

  2. YIPPPPEEEEEE! I am sooo excited. Please tell me there will be a blog to follow during the trip! I can't wait to see Samuel again :)

  3. Penny,
    I will be your 6th blog reader! :) It's Kathleen from Holt and RQ! Very happy you got your TA and you are going to pickup that baby boy!!! It is very exciting. I love your reaction to Steve... although, he doesn't seem like the type to get the humor in it all. Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and congrats on a quick TA and CA. I hope we follow your lead!


  4. Count me as #7!!! Can't wait to follow their journey... YEAH, Sam is coming home!!!

  5. LOL . . that is so funny that you said "shut up"! I can only imagine! When we found out about ta and the ca we had less then one week to book a flight, so I know things will work out for Shannon and your FIL. So exciting!

  6. Yep, the whole Shut Up thing wasn't really a hit to be honest. It seems I always say inappropriate things at the wrong times... Oh well! SAMUEL IS COMING HOME!!!

  7. Félicitations! Nous attendons nous aussi ce précieux papier! Notre LOA: 18 janvier 2011. Go TA!! :)