Day 13 – Last Day in Guangzhou

This is Jeremy here.  Heidi is busy packing as we head to Hong Kong.  We leave at 5:00…just as soon as we get Mollie Xiu’s Visa.

Happy Birthday to my wife.

We went to the mall and she got a beautiful jade bracelet.  She deserves it.  She has worked so hard to get us to this point.  If you want to know anything about adoption, she is the person to ask.  Thank you Heidi for all your hard work!

Yesterday we did two things.

1.  We went to Mollie Xiu’s consulate appointment and took the oath.  She officially is an American citizen.  We’ll…actually the moment she steps her foot on American soil she becomes American….American Chinese.  After we took the oath while on the bus the adoption families all said the Pledge of Allegiance and recited the Lord’s Prayer.  It was kind of cool.  It was nice to be on American soil in China…we’ll actually the American soil was five stories up!

2.  Later in the evening along with other families we took a boat cruise down the Pearl River.  They feed us a dinner and entertained us with a clown that could juggle and spin a soccer ball.  Mollie Xiu got to spin the ball on her finger while the clown held her finger.  I missed the moment with a picture.  Word of advice to families coming to China…we wished we would have purchased a nicer point and shoot camera.  There were many times that we were late on pictures because we had to hold down the button for so long.  Anyways, China has some colorfully lit buildings at night.  It was neat.

This will probably be the last post until we come home.  We are heading to Hong Kong today at 5:00.  We will stay the night in Sky City Marriott near the airport.  Our plane will leave at 10:25am.  We will arrive at Detroit at 1:40pm.  We will arrive in Indy at 7:10pm on Delta flight number 815…if you want to meet us at the airport.  We only ask that you respect our bond with Mollie Xiu.  She still will not go to Heidi and until she does we don’t want her to go anyone else.  She may not anyways!  Just follow our lead on that…

Anyways, thank you for your prayers and support.  We are excited to get back home and see everyone!


Consulate Office where you take the oath

Some of the adoptive families with us at the American Consulate

Just before the oath

After the oath

Saying the Pledge of Allegiance

Loves ice cream

Heidi holding Mollie Xiu…only when she is asleep!

Pearl Shopping!

Pearl River Boat Cruise

True Chinese!

On the boat

Watchin the clown!

The clown

Hubert Keller Spinning the ball on his finger



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8 Responses
  1. rajeana says:

    prayers sent for you looooong flight! love n miss y’all so much! pictures are beautiful! can not wait til friday! missy may need a new puppy pal….lol….she has really enjoyed her new puppy friends 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    It has been so wonderful following your trip! We were in Taiyuan in January getting our son who is 3 and was in foster care as well. It is funny to see the pictures with the stroller because we used that exact same stroller from the Garden when we were there! 🙂 congratulations on the end of your trip and coming home! Safe travels and lots of well wishes for your sweet little girls heart as she lets her guard down. I know how hard those first days can be but I can tell you from experience it gets sooooo much easier to handle once you are home and past the jet lag! Hang in there! In 6 months you will look back at these posts and won’t even remember that sad little girl. All you will see is the happiness that a family has brought into her life! A FOREVER family!!! 🙂 Congratulations!!!

  3. Maryann says:

    The crusie looks like so much fun. We have never did one in GZ. Mainly we have never had enough time!

    So sorry we will miss your home coming. The girls were looking forward to making signs and getting balloons for Mollie….but when the Shriner’s called to do her surgery I just could say no. Safe travels home!

  4. Trish Bogan says:

    I remember what we were told when we adopted and we will definitely respect your privacy. Some of us have strict instructions to stay away for awhile. It will kill her, but she understands. Heidi, I’ve “been there, done that, got the t-shirt”. You see us now-it will get better. Hard as it is, patience is required. I have absolutely no words of wisdom, just hang in there.

  5. Wilma Turner says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEIDI!!!! What a birthday it is- one you will never forget for many different reason! What a great day it is. See you all tomorrow- I know it is a long trip for Mollie Xiu! Oh well it will give you more time to bond! We are so excited to welcome our newest granddaughter to America- # 13- She will fit right in with the great grandchildren!!! Welcome home! Blessings on your travels.

  6. Liz newell says:

    Love you guys,,I cant wait to hear more of your trip. Lily is so excited to meet her China sista! I will call you later in the week. Safe travels and will be praying you home!! Love you

  7. Sherry says:

    Hope you have a great flight! I’m sure your family is ready to get home and get back to the NEW normal!:)

  8. JC says:

    I need an update! :)))))

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