Saturday, August 16, 2008

Paper Chase To Chongqing

As you might Imagine, we have began the process of educating ourselves about Alyzabeth's place of birth, Chongqing, represented in red on the map of China above.

Chongqing is located in the southeastern section of the Sichuan Basin where the Yangtze and Jialing rivers meet. It is a metropolis, rather than a province under the direct jurisdiction of the Central Government with a population of over 30 million.
Chongqing, also known as Yu, was established some 3,000 years ago. It is renowned for its mountains, rivers, and fog, The climate is often cloudy and misty. Chongqing is often times referred to as the Mountain City and/or the City of Fog.

We received Travel Packet II from our agency last night, officially kicking off our Referral Paper Chase. Unless you count sending back our Acceptance letter via FedEx to our agency.
Lots to do in getting ready to travel. More papers to be filled out and notarized. Applications to submit. Copies to be made and made... And of course, there is the small matter of $$. We are catching a major break in that Chongqing is one of the few that allows us to wire the Orphanage Fee directly. YES!! I was dreading carrying around that much cash but no more!

So, we have to run. Aly has our Paper Chase day pretty much planned out and it's time to get started. As much as I hate Paper Chasing, this Chase has a certain happiness attached to it. And a face.

Soon, Alyzabeth An, soon little one...
peace
fm

36 comments:

kris said...

Totally tearing up over here- I can't believe how truly excited I am for you guys. Can't wait 'til you bring this sweetie home!!

Shane & Irma said...

That right! I can not belive all the things that need to be done to bring her home. But all this will be worth it once she is home. You will look back and think. I was nothing, because we havwe this Angel with us....

Have a great weekend...

p.s.
hope you like your gift.....

Briana's Mom said...

Yay! Another Chongqing cutie - I am so excited! Chongqing girls are known as beautiful and spicy! And you know that Briana is spicy! You will love Chongqing.

I am so excited for you!

Carol and Taylor said...

Congrats on your beautiful daughter. She's the first I've seen coming out of china with a real hairdo. Hope that means she's getting lots of care! Can't wait to follow your journey. At first I thought she was from the same SWI as my T due to the same last name, but no. Can't wait to follow your journey.

Kind regards from Miami,

Carol and Taylor
mischiefandmermaids.blogspot.com

Julie said...

That little face will fuel your energy until you hold her, and then some. That's great about wiring the orphanage donation. Keeping that cash was nervewrecking!

Kelly And Allison said...

She is beautiful. I am so happy for you guys. Even thought we have never met, felt like I know you guys from your experience. I am in China now. Just came back from a road trip to the mountains. Met countless children and wondering what my children life would be if they had left behind. Please let me know if you have any questions. She is a spicy girl for sure.

Lili said...

good luck with the chase...what great news about the $$$ wiring!

Wendy said...

You are going to love Chongqing! We had the best time there! The people are friendly and beautiful. Let me know if you would like any suggestions for places to visit.

OH MY #6 said...

she has the sweetest little face!

Lea
xo

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

You are almost done with all this paperchasing ....
And Alyzabeth An will be yours forever...
Can't wait to see her in your arms..
I just LOVE those eyes..
Have a Great Weekend..

redmaryjanes said...

I am sending so much love your way, I hope you guys can feel it!
She is just so darling. How about a baby shower?????

OziMum said...

Isn't it funny... you wait, and wait - then when it finally happens, there's not enough time in the day?!!!

Hope the ground all stays stable in Sichuan! She will be a spicy little girl, being from that province!

Michelle said...

And a beautiful little face it is :)

Jodee Leader said...

Congratulation on your referral! She is just adorable!

sea star said...

A chase so worth it!

T n' W said...

This is one paper chase I'm ready for.:)

Kim said...

Congrats! What a beautiful daughter you have! I love the note for the FedEx guy! I might have to use that idea! Hope your travel call comes soon!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I am so happy for you guys....she is the sweetest little thing, I would not be able to put that picture down for a second!

I think this paperchase might be a little easier, knowing the end result!!

Happy Paperchasing!

Lisa

Alicia said...

Preciosa niña de Chongqing. Enhorabuena familia.

Alicia, Beatriz y Lúa Shu.

Spain.Chongqing-WanZhou, Agosto 2005

~~ said...

What a beautiful, beautiful child!!
Patricia

Catherine said...

The paperchase continues but oh how fun it must be seeing the face of your daughter as you move forward!

sarah said...

Happy chasing! This is definitely the most exciting part of the paper chase!

Amy said...

She is beautiful! What an adorable little girl. Congratulations!

Your Organizing Guru said...

YAY This is so exciting! What a long wait... and it's almost over! She is so precious!
Happy chasing.

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

I can't stop looking at her picture... she is a sweetheart... I am SO happy for you both... take care

cougchick said...

oh, what a beautiful sight! Congrats to you all...

Elisa. said...

Chongqing reminds me of when we went to Guiyang in Guizhou, it was kind of misty and cloudy but kept the temperature great!

operationtigerlily said...

Your daughter is absolutely exquisite. Just gorgeous. Can't wait to follow your journey to Alyzabeth in China (I am safe in assuming you will you be blogging?)

Yoli said...

OMG, she is gorgeous!!!!! What a beauty! Congratulations!

Lost and Found said...

From one Chongqing mama to another, congrats. We didn't get to see much but it's a great city. There is a definite regional look to Chongqing girls.

Qiuqiu's parents said...

She's absolutely stunning....I am so happy for you!!!

Ruth and Brian said...

At times I feel like my head is spinning. My goodness trying to get 6 peoples information, visa applications, etc is a job in it and of itself (we are taking our 3 sons and MIL with us to help out). Oh yeah and we mustn't forget trying to put together a care package, send 2 boys off to camp, fit in a couple of doctor appts and we'll call it a day!

Paper chasing right along with ya!

Ruth

Cavatica said...

She's stunning! (I have a CQ daughter too).

Mary said...

Praising God for your Blessing! She is beautiful, just like her parents!

God's protection as you travel,
Mary

Margaret Miracle said...

She is beautiful!!!! So happy for you. We traveled to Chongquing for Lily Wen's adoption four years ago. It is amazing!!!!!

Karin said...

Congratulations, she's precious!