Journey to China

This blog documents the Spitlers' progress towards the adoption of Xia Ping He (Noah Spitler) from the PR China. It also documents Noah's medical process in pursuit of a total repair to his CHD (congenital heart defect).

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

TA & CA Yeah!!!

I am sorry to keep you all waiting on new information but things have been crazy around the Spitler home. The girls and I went to Columbia last week to visit family and to spend Friday at Carowinds. We had a great time. It was a little hot but it wasn't nearly as crowded as I had anticipated. I continued to check my cell phone all day because we were waiting for the "call" that we had received our (TA) Travel Approval. The call never came. I must admit is was very disappointed. We got back to my parent's house around supper time. We ate supper and then I decided to check on the Chinese Adopting Forum to see if anyone had received their TA's that day. Several people had and so that made my disappointment turn into frustration. I then decided to check my email. Well, I was very surprised to find that we too had received our TA. Our agency had emailed me instead of calling me to let me know. I was always under the impression that it would be the "BIG" call, not an email. I was so excited and quickly called Adam to let him know. We were so happy that we finally completed that next step.
Next, the agency had to get our CA (Consulate Appointment). This date is what drives the actual trip. It would then allow us to finally buy our plane tickets. We were told they could take several days to get this information to us. We really were not expecting to get anything until Wed. or Thurs.
We returned from Columbia on Saturday and then drove to Atlanta on Sunday. We had a great visit with Adam's brother and his family. They are always so much fun!!! We then drove to the Children's hospital in Atlanta on Monday to check it out in case that is where we end up taking Noah for his surgery. We also drove by the Ronald McDonald house to see where it was located. We were very impressed with everything we saw. All of the facilities were very nice. As we were driving back to Statesboro that afternoon I decided to check my email just to see if I had gotten anything important. We had gotten an email from our agency that we had our CA (Consulate Appointment). Our CA is on 7/27. We were hoping for the week prior to that but we are resting in the Lord that the date we received is right for us. We are overjoyed that this time has finally come. It has been a long road but we know it is all worth it. We know that Noah is our son and that the Lord sent him to us. Our hearts are breaking without him. I know that probably sounds strange to all of you but it makes perfect sense to us. We love him so much and can't wait to show him.
The Lord has sent us on this journey and we are so blessed that He chose us for it. We have learned so much in this last year and I know that it is for our good. When you focus on the Father it sure makes life easier. I can't imagine this life without the Lord.
We are leaving on the 14th of July and returning on the 31st. We will try very hard to keep you all updated until we leave and while in China. We ask that you continue to pray for Noah and his heart (physical and spiritual). God's blessings on all of you and thank you so much for all the prayers.

3 Comments:

Blogger Katelyn said...

YAY! congrats! I know you are all relieved and excited!

July 1, 2010 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Jennifer O'Cain said...

I am just thrilled to hear that it is time for you to go and bring Noah home! I hope you will keep us updated, I love seeing these kids come home. My prayers and thoughts will be with you!
Jennifer O'Cain

July 1, 2010 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Jennifer and Greg said...

Oh my goodness. I can't believe the time has come. How exciting! We will pray for his heart and yours during this wonderful time! Where will you be flying in and out of? Congratulations! Once you are home and our Adam has healed from surgery we would love to meet you.

Wonderful news!

Jennifer Smith

July 11, 2010 at 5:47 PM  

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