Michele and I have now had the girls for eight days already. We met the girls for the first time on Gotcha Day. We finalized the adoption the following day in Nanning. We waited there for their Chinese passports to be issued. We survived the medical exam in Guangzhou and turned in our paperwork at our consulate appointment. All of this leads us to our final piece of paperwork which we received this afternoon around 4:30. We now have one big brown envelope for each girl with strict instructions that we are NOT to open the folder.
I’m not exactly sure what is inside the folder, except I know that this stack of papers needs to be delivered to the immigration officer at the Detroit airport when we go through customs. The immigration officer will use these papers to process our girls’ US Citizenship when we arrive on United States soil.
We pack up tomorrow to take a two-hour-long train ride to Hong Kong and spend one night there. Then, we will fly out of Hong Kong destined for home on Thursday morning. Our initial flight is 15 and a half hours, then we have a several-hour layover in Detroit to clear customs before we can do the final leg back to Minneapolis.
This morning Michele and I took the girls up to Yuntai Garden. It was very pretty with flowers and plants everywhere. But it was also very hot. It didn’t take the girls long to fall asleep in the heat. Doing anything else just seemed to require too much energy. Michele and I explored the park anyway, while the girls took their catnap.
Eventually they woke up and got to enjoy some of the pools, fountains, flowers and sculptures with us. It was a very pretty park, but I totally recommend visiting it on a cooler day.