Leaving On A Jet Plane

Today is the day!!!

Blake and Grant are heading to China!!!

Their travel will be long……a total of 51 hours and two overnight stays.

The guys will be in Hohhot, China, on Sunday morning at 10 a.m! (which is Saturday night at 9 p.m. our time here in Wisconsin!)


(*Thanks for this great photo and your prayers, dear friends!)

We are keeping our focus on Mr. Tate!!!

We have SO much love for you, our sweet baby boy!!!


We are so very thankful that our agency secured a guide for the guys overnight stay in Guangzhou Saturday night!

The guide will pick the guys up at the airport, get them to their hotel, and get them back to the airport on Sunday morning. What peace that gives us!

About one hour after the guide was secured yesterday, we received a card in the mail with the EXACT amount of cash we need to be able to pay that guide!

What an encouragement to our hearts!!!

What precious brothers and sisters in Christ we have!!

Don’t you love how the Lord works that way??!!!


We finished packing the suitcases this morning already.

We had a little helper….who wanted to sample every bit of food that was being packed!

A sucker seemed to work instead!


I have lots of little things packed to keep Tate’s hands busy! Hopefully he will enjoy them! He will have his own little backpack to carry on the plane home.


We sent Shaggy the bear too!


Our paperwork packets that need to be hand carried arrived by Fed Ex just as they were supposed to!

Praise the Lord!


We feel organized and ready for the guys departure. Thankfully, being organized is giving us a sense of peace!

And now for your part in our journey!! Our prayer requests!! New ones have been added!

Please pray with us!!

*For Tate, who may not know that we are coming for him

*For health, and a hedge of protection around our family, especially Tate

*For travel mercies for the guys on the long, long trek to Hohhot

*For the three extra suitcases with the shower donations to be allowed to be checked through – especially on Sunday morning when the guys are in country

*For Blake and my hearts as we separate for two weeks, as it will be very hard for us to be apart

*For the ability to be able to communicate through text, Skype, and e-mail by purchasing a VPN

*For the Lord to use us and this time in our lives, despite ourselves

*For Blake and Grant to relish in this super special time together, and for them to be a strong team for Tate’s sake

*For Tate’s transition, attachment and bonding to us, especially Blake

*For adding Tate to our medical insurance to be approved asap so we can start the referral process that will allow Tate the care he needs at UW Madison upon arriving home

Thank you all for your prayers!

This new journey is about to begin! The guys will pull away from the farm to drive to Minneapolis early this evening.

It is our prayer that they will be able to see the blog. So please leave comments if you feel led! It will be such an encouragement to them!

Our wait is almost over!

Sometime on Monday, Tate will be forever in our arms!!



  1. Grandma Norma says:

    All of you are definitely in my thoughts, prayers and especially in my heart which is filled with love for each of you. I know that God will be with you and guide you each step of this journey. Again, my love to all of you, Grandma Norma.

  2. Kozelek family says:

    We are sooooo excited for you and will be praying for you ALL!!!!!!! What an amazing journey this has been and to see God’s grace and supply…..He is always sufficient and awesome. We put your updated plans on the HBC pray list last night so many others will be praying also. Can’t wait for the stories and experiences of this trip yet to be told as God continues to direct you!!!!! Love you all, Kozeleks

  3. Connie says:

    So very excited for you!!! Definitely continuing to pray. Thank you so much for your prayer list. Praying that all will go smoothly at home, also. Much love to all of you.

  4. JoEllen says:

    Praying for your family. Remember we are only a phone call away if you need anything. God is good and is using your family in such a beautiful way. Excited to hear Monday the fantastic news that Tate is yours!

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