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Feet first.

September 02nd, 2007 | Category: Match complete

Wasn’t sure what to call this post, really, seriously. Just sat here and it popped in my head. Remember, when you were a kid, how you felt when it came time to jump into a body of water (not pool), and you were unsure of how deep it was, or what was down there? Well, thats Kelly and I both, right now. So much is about to unfold, just so much to look forward to, and experience. Cannot believe that it’s time to go.
We’ve packed and checked the list twice, do I hear a third??? Now all thats left is the trip over the Pacific, and we are on our way to pick up¬† Madison.¬† So we are off to Beijing in about 9 hours, we will be thinking of all of you out here in cyberspace, checking in on our progress, next post will be from Beijing.

Love to all!!

Kurt

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Travel Dates confirmed, Time to Go!!!!!!

August 28th, 2007 | Category: Match complete

Well, I must admit, this whole experience teaches you something new everyday, I swear. Now as you know, we have been matched, visas issued, travel authorizations issued, and today came the news that our consulate appointments are set (where the adoption becomes “official”). We kinda figured that when this came through, we would have 10-14 days to get it together before they would require us to be in Hong Kong. Wrong, very wrong sir!! We are leaving this Sunday morning, in like 5 days. Just when you think you have this adoption schedule thing wired, BAM!!

So, needless to say, serious scrambling will occur in the next 5 days. we are pretty much prepared, its just that after waiting for 26 months, you kinda become conditioned to hurry up and wait. Today it was “Hurry up, and hurry up some more”. Now, we just need to pack (oh right, that) and tie up all the loose ends with our work responsibilities, get Yarra to the mountains, get our house sitters squared away, and try not to come apart mentally in the process (just kidding). I must admit, I am just a wee bit freaked out when I consider that in less than 14 days, she will be with us, and Kelly and I will be parents. Is that nuts or what??? We received a medical update in the mail on Saturday, nothing out of the ordinary, it did include her complete story in terms of where she was found, by whom and it did confirm that she was found just hours after having been born. So hard to imagine just exactly what she has been through. The update we received today, included photo’s (2) and those are in her album on the photo page, check out those cute toes!!!

Ah, yes, the schedule. Well we leave this Sunday (2nd) and will arrive for a slight side trip to Beijing on the 3rd. Spend the next few days in and around Beijing (Tianamen Square, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, Great Wall, Silk Market….etc) and fly from Beijing to Hong Kong on the morning of the 7th, to join the rest of our travel group. On the 9th we fly with our group to Nanchang (Jiangxi Province) where that afternoon we will be united with our Madison. We then spend the next 5-6 days in Nanchang completing paperwork and generally getting acquainted. On the 14th or 15th we will fly from Nanchang to Guangzhou (Guangdong Province) to somewhat repeat the paperwork that we did in Nanchang, but now for the USA side of things. Our consulate appointment is set for the 18th, and we will take the Oath at the consulate on the 19th. Our flight home is on the 21st. It kinda looks long on paper, but I am confident, time will go fast and I will be doing all I can to take it all in and try not to let any of it get past me (good luck, right?)

I am sure Kelly or I will try to do an entry or two between now and Sunday a.m., somewhere between the packing, and the scrambling…..;)

What was that line made famous by Willy Wonka………” So much time, so little to do………wait, reverse that”

Kurt

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We’re moving….we’re moving!

August 27th, 2007 | Category: Match complete

We just got word from our agency that they would like us in Hong Kong on or before the 7th of September.  After an extremely busy weekend of organizing, things are moving at light speed for us now. 

Also today, we received updated photos of Madison which we have put in her album page. 

It looks as though we will see our little girl just before her 9th month birthday!

Kelly.

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More exciting news

August 26th, 2007 | Category: Match complete

Wonderful news! Today we received Travel Approvals for Groups 1232 Р1236! We have faxed the U.S. Consulate РGuangzhou requesting appointments for these groups today. On Match Day, travel was estimated at 5-7 weeks. With the arrival of Travel Approvals today, we have requested appointments hoping that these groups will depart the 5th week after match. We’re very excited for each family!!!

That was the statement that appeared on our agencies website on Thursday afternoon, we expect that the Consulate Appointment (CA) will arrive either Monday (27th) or Tuesday (28th), so travel to China should commence between the 6th and 9th of September. Gotcha day will be approximatemly the 16th (still a guess). We have been so busy doing so many things to prepare to leave, the list is endless, but we are making headway. A few small things left to do for Madison’s room (today!!!!) and thats complete, then we can concentrate on the packing lists. As a first time parent, its just hard to grasp all the “things’ one seems to “need”. How did our parents get by???? We of course are so very thankful for everyones generosity, seems as though we will not have to make any trips to Target, or to a Walgreens for any sundry items, thats for sure. Trust me, if anyone needs rash cream, or ointment, call me, I can help. We will hopefully have a few more photo’s of Madison shortly, usually updated photo’s arrive a week or so before you leave, so we are now almost in that window, so we anticipate that soon enough. Once we get them, you can be assured we will post to the photo section. We also received our passports back from the Chinese embassy in San Francisco this week, really cool visa on one page of each of our passports. Good for multiple enrtries, 90 days validity. Took Kelly shopping yesterday, found a couple of outfits that I am sure she will find handy once we are in China. Lightweight pants, and shirts from ExOfiicio, and Royal Robbins. That tech clothing used to be soooo boring in its design, not so much anymore. Well, thats all for now, off to “do” more of the “list”.

Kurt

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Travel Conference Call

August 18th, 2007 | Category: Match complete

We took part in a travel conference call yesterday.   A lot of families from all over the US participated.  We already knew most of the information but there were a few points that were interesting.  Of course, everyone wants to know when travel will take place and we were told that, because of the national holiday during the first week of October and a trade fair in Guanzhou at the end of October, they are trying to have us go and come back before the end of September.   We were told that we would probably travel by 14th September at the latest.

Today, Kurt talked to Erin at CCAI about travelling to Beijing prior to meeting our group in Hong Kong.  Erin told him that a trip like that would be fine and that our agency could involve the Beijing reps who would probably be able to meet us at the airport and organize day trips for us.  Cool!

Kelly

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Surprise Baby Shower

August 18th, 2007 | Category: Match complete

Well, it’s been almost a week since the “big surprise”. I am still in awe of how secret it was all kept. So many family and friends did so much to make sure it was a great success. I just love all of you!

Now we have some pictures in the photo page of the action as it unfolded. As you can see, the decorations and food displays were amazing and having everyone together like that was so special to both of us.

Madison received lots of beautiful gifts. She is already a lucky little girl to be coming into such a loving family and circle of friends.

Thank you to you all! I don’t even know how to thank you enough!

Kelly.

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Paperwork and a big surprise

August 13th, 2007 | Category: Match complete

Since we were matched on the 3rd of August, we have both just been rolling along enjoying the euphoria of having this beautiful child’s photo in front of us each day, and generally basking in the glow of “post match”. Now the crunch begins to complete all the necessary paperwork for our trip as well as beginning the “packing” for the trip itself. We were contacted last week by our agency with the first steps for this in the form of an email, this correspondence was to inform us about the travel conference call that will take place on Thursday of this week (16th). We are both¬†really excited about this, as this will be our first chance to find out who, and where everyone is in our “travel group”. The email also contained vital information as well as downloads for our Chinese visa applications, and travel releases (legal, very legal) from our agency. Ask Kelly and I sometime about the “instructions” on how to fill in the blanks on those visa applications, kinda humorous. So now the visa applications are in, and our adoption fee for the orphanage has been wired to the province where Madison is located. This means we will not have to carry as much money in¬†USD with us. We are both happy about that.¬†We were also very fortunate last week to have the opportunity to spend some quality time with the Eslinger family from here in the Denver area. Kimberly and Greg and Hannah Eslinger travelled to China (Jiangxi Province!!) to receive their daughter/sister (Lindsay)¬† in late June of this year. They were kind enough to spend an afternoon and evening with us. We cooked burgers, shared a lot of laughter and talked for hours about their experiences in China. They answered sooooo many of our questions that both Kelly and I feel just about as prepared as we can be at this point. An enormous thank you to them for their candidness, and time in helping us. It did not hurt that we had the chance to see their beautiful new addition Lindsay either! I’m telling you, these girls from Jiangxi are soooo good looking.

Now, I know all of you out there know how much I adore my lovely wife, and how I always like to do things to make her smile and to surprise her. Well, this past weekend, I may have pulled off one of the all time surprises. This one will go down in the record books and be discussed for some time. I along with many co-conspirators, had been planning a “surprise” shower for Kelly, and all of the necessary things fell completely into place. We planned a shower for this past Saturday, the 11th, and we had approx. 65 people participate. It was a mix of co-workers, family, neighbors, and friends from near and far who have known Kelly since she moved here with me in¬†1996. There are too many names to¬†mention here (do not want to single anyone out) who were instrumental in the planning and¬†implementation of this devious, but well executed plan. Suffice to say, that eventhough I knew what was going to happen, even I was absolutely taken aback by how AWESOME that was. So, I can assure you that Kelly still has that stunned look on her face now,¬†that many saw on Saturday nite.¬† There are not enough words¬†to express how much I¬†appreciate¬†the effort made by those individuals¬†who helped me make that event a reality, (there are soooooo many of you!!)¬†except to say¬† “XieXie” (shay-shay) (Mandarin for Thank You!!) . Anytime you need my help, just call, I got your back. There will be plenty of photos from that event on the site soon, so keep checking.

Hard to believe that we are simply only 3-4 weeks from leaving, still plenty to do before we go, but the clock keeps rolling, and so do we. See ya soon.

Kurt

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Match Day + 1

August 05th, 2007 | Category: Match complete

So here we are, a day later and still just floating along. Yesterday was nuts for sure. The day started just as any other but with the caveat that we were about to see our daughter for the first time at some point in the morning. Kelly had taken the day off from her work, and came to my office as this is where our agency would be phoning us first. The call came at 9:34 a.m. and on the other end was one of our contacts at CCAI telling us that she had some exciting news for us. I asked her to call me back on the land line so Kelly could listen in as well, when she did, she stated that we had a beautiful girl waiting to “meet” us. We then bolted straight from my office to our agency and upon arriving, we met up with two other families who had the same LID date as us, and who we have been spending some time with lately as match day drew closer. Once inside we were taken to a room that had been decorated with all sorts of banners stating “its a girl” and such, as well as plenty of tissue, and some drinks and pastry (who could eat????). We were then taken to a table where we were given the file that held our child’s information. The representative from CCAI handed us the file and we opened it and saw Madison’s face for the first time. WOW!!!¬† We both just looked on in amazement as we began to process the information on the pages in front of our eyes. How old she was, where she is, what her given name in Mandarin is, and what it meant when translated to English. I must admit, we were both a little overcome, but not completely “knocked back” as we thought we would be. I think we were both so caught up in the moment, and were trying soooo hard to take it all in, that we were both a little stunned, numb if you will. Of course we gave each other a really big hug, a couple of big kisses, and neither of us could stop smiling. Fairly sure that grin is still on my face as I write this now. We spent the next hour or so talking to our CCAI representatives, asking questions, signing forms (acceptance letter, on its way back to Beijing now!!!) and enjoying the moment along with some of the other families who were there as well, we counted at least 5 or 6 other families while we were there who’s daughters are from the same welfare institute as Madison (Hello, travel partners!!!) After a brief stop at my office to brag on the photo’s and tie up a few loose ends, we headed downtown to Kelly’s office for more of the same. I am fairly confident, neither of us will EVER grow tired of showing off this gorgeous girl of ours. We caught up with Jim and Mary Duffey for a couple of drinks before a celebratory dinner at one of our favorite places to dine out, “Mizuna” and we both truly enjoyed the fine meal and took many turns looking at each other and saying to one another “can you believe it ” ??¬† Needless to say we were exhausted by the time we came home, and falling asleep came quite easy.

I was asked a few times on Friday afternoon, and later that night if what I was feeling could be summed up in one word. Of course the easy answer is an emphatic “No”, but maybe the closest I could come would be to say that I felt this huge amount of relief. Not that we ever expected this to turn out any differently than it has so far, but it is just that so much of this journey up until now has centered on, or been driven towards getting the “match”. So the relief is one of accomplishment in seeing her face for the first time, and knowing that this is the little one that was meant for us, and in this moment. It is joyous and leveling in one fell swoop. I have always considered myself to be a person that was not really a very religious person in the standard context, and that every person, irregardless of how they were raised, or where they are from,¬† finds there own way, with or without divine intervention. Not to get too far off topic here, but I truly believe that this little one was guided to us, and that we have been blessed with a gift that will be in our hearts as long as we walk this earth. There are so many of you out there to thank, and words alone cannot begin to cover what it has meant to us to have us in your thoughts and prayers as we have undertaken the journey thus far. Suffice to say that we consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be blessed with such wonderful families and friends and that we cannot wait for the next step which is bringing this precious little one home for all of you to meet.

Godspeed to all of you!

Kurt

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Introducing Guo Si Chan (soon to be Madison Ellis Beyer)

August 03rd, 2007 | Category: Match complete

We received a call from our agency, CCAI at 9:34am today. We are so excited to announce the referral of our daughter, Guo Si Chan (pronounced Gwo Su Chaan). We believe that her last name “Guo” is the name of the orphanage director. “Si” means “think” and “Chan” means “the moon; lovely” which was used in ancient writings to describe women. Kelly started to cry when she heard this because she and her Mum talk about looking at the moon together all the time. Our daughter’s name will be changed soon to Madison Ellis Beyer – a name we had chosen for her a long time ago. Madison is the city where Kurt grew up and Ellis because Kelly’s maternal side of the family has the name Alice or Ellis back at least to the 1700s.

Madison will be 8 months old next week. She was born on the 13th December 2006 and has been living in Guixi City Social Welfare Institute in Jiangxi Province since she was born. She wakes up at 6am, goes to bed at 8pm and has one to two hour naps in the morning and afternoon. She likes playing outside and her favourite toy is a cloth doll. She can hold her head up while lying on her stomach, can locate the direction of sound, and visually follows moving toys. Apparently, she laughs aloud and we cannot wait to hear that for ourselves!

Madison is active, restless and is fond of playing with toys. Yes, she is going to be a daddy’s girl! Her Mama and Baba are SOOOOOOOOOO excited.

Thank you all so much for taking this beautiful journey with us. We are looking forward to sharing all of the precious moments to follow!

Kelly and Kurt xoxoxoxoxo

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