Up at 1:45.
Showered, finished packing and into the car by 2:30.
Hardest part was kissing my babies goodbye.
And yes, a few tears were shed.
On my part.
Thankfully no one else cried, or I’d have been toast.
The promise of big sister Victoria coming tomorrow was enough to chase any boohoos goodbye.
The flight to Dulles was easy-peasy.
Dalton’s first time on a plane, and he looked like a pro.
We were on the ground by 7:30.
Our next flight takes off at about 12:30.
So we’ve got about 5 hours to burn.
Next post will be from Wuhan, y’all.
So grateful for all the prayers going up on our behalf and on behalf of our girl.
one tired mama
Katy Lucas says
Praying for a smooth flight! Can’t wait to see pictures of Tallula!
Jen McCoy says
Oh my Stef!!! I have tears for you all! Can’t wait to watch this journey unfold. God will unfold His bounty of Blessings on you!!!!
Monica Carter says
Safe travels, sweet friend. You and your sweet girl are in my thoughts and prayers! Can’t wait to see her in your arms!
Kim from 3 peanuts says
I will pray on this Good Friday for y’all. We will pray for your family back home, for strength and patience for you and Dalton and for peace for Miss Tallula Mae! So excited for you.
Yay! Olivia and I are spending a week in Wuhan in June so I can’t wait to see your photos and the city through your eyes. Can’t wait to see Miss Tallula either! Have a great flight!
Hillary Glauser-Patton says
As if Easter at all were not enough, this will be one AMAZING Easter. Thanks for living out His vertical adoption of us in a horizonal way before us all. Prayers, praise, and joy.
You had to get up at 1:45? Did you even bother going to bed?
It’s so good to hear the 1st leg of the trip went smoothly. You have my prayers that that will continue.
Cindy M. says
I’m tired FOR you, just thinking of trying to stay awake till your next flight! Hopefully, you’ll get some sleep on the plane, and the flight will go quickly! Will keep you in our prayers…can’t wait to see Tallulah with her family!
So exciting!!!!! Praying for you as you go!
Rejoicing with you as you get Tallula! Praying for peace, safety, and blessings on your trip. What a sweet time to share with Dalton!
Suzanne Rowe says
Praying and rejoicing with you as God continues to write on the hearts of all of your stories. Thank you for so graciously welcoming us into your journey. Can’t wait to see those pictures of Tallula with her momma and her big brother! Blessings and blessings, Suzanne
Please know how many prayers are surrounding you during this journey (well, and always!)
Dalton- first time on a plane?!?! Wow. (If you’re gonna go, go big, right?)
Love to your family.
We eagerly await each and every update.
How special to share this experience with Dalton. Lifting you up all in prayer now! Love & Blessings, Kim
I am a long time lurker. We brought home our daughter around the time you brought home Shepard. My friends Amy and John (and little Ava) are on a flight today from Dulles to Bejing to bring home their newest. If you are on the same flight and happen to see a woman with long red curly hair that is Amy. Say hello! She is fantastic!
So excited! Y’all remain in our prayers for safe travels and an amazing time! Can’t wait to follow along! Thanks so much for sharing! Blessings!
Have a safe flight! Praying for you both. Enjoy this time with your sweet boy!
Yay!!!! So excited for you. And LOVE that you’re posting along the way. Have fun!
AWESOME. Good luck. Looking forward to pictures of your cute little baby girl. 🙂
YAY! Safe travels to you! I can’t wait to see pictures of your new sweet baby!!
Ohhh…got chills. So excited for you! We’re following along…
Oh I wish I could go back to Wuhan with you!!!! I’ll be following every step! It seems like just yesterday since we met our precious Elizabeth! Enjoy every moment!!
Here Y’all Go!! Godspeed friend!!!
Ann Marie says
Wishing you a safe and easy trip–if that (easy) is possible for an adoption trip! Praying for y’all.
So excited for you guys! Safe travels and cant wait for your next post!
May Lynne says
I am so excited for you. We are hoping to leave in about 6 weeks to meet our little boy in Anhui. Also, | know this comment is a bit late, but we are on our fourth trip to China and we have confirmed that they do sell clothes in China. I took way too much on my first trip to China which ended in a failed adoption and us bringing home a little one who was no where near the size of the little one we thought we would be bringing home. Since then, we have brought very little in the way of kids clothing. Just something to tide us over for a day until we can get to the local store. This has been a great plan and fabulous (and light) way to travel.
Praying for you all xoxo
May your journey be blessed!
Heather Peterson says
You’re amazing! What an incredible legacy you are going to leave behind! I am so beyond thrilled for everyone that gets to be apart of this story! Can’t wait to be thinking that we’re in the same country! 🙂
You do not even know how EXCITED I am for you guys! We are CONSTANTLY thinking of you and Dalton and Praying it all goes smoothly! Can’t wait to finally SEE Tallula in your arms! God bless!
Sending prayers your way for safe travels and a smooth transition for beautiful Tallula. I can’t wait to read all about your adventures and see your pictures! (P.S. We LOVE 5 Guys!!!)
Tonggu Momma says
Safe travels, my friend. Praying for a smooth transition for Tallula.
Oh Stephanie! SOOO exciting! I’m guessing you’re close to landing in China by now! Wheee…you’re almost in Tallula’s home country! Beyond excited for you!!
Have been following your journeys as we embark on our adoption journey – praying for a safe trip and return for you all!
Brenda Stevens says
Hope your there safe and sound by now! Have a safe and wonderful trip! God has this covered for you for sure!
Prayers that Tallula has a smooth transition and that you and Dalton are able to get some rest and have a great time! I bet China looks pretty amazing to Dalton, so glad he got to go! Prayers for you all! I am trying to remember how many of your trips I followed along on and am thinking all of them in the last 4-5 years! Your an amazing family and it is amazing to watch what God can do through you all! Hugs!
HOORAH – fair winds and following seas on your travels!
hugs – aus and co.
WooHoo!! I am guessing you have touched down in China by now!!!! Which means it is already Saturday night!!! Less than 48 hours to that bundle of love!!!!!
I am not stalking or anything…I would NEVER do that. I would never refresh your site 100 times to see if you’ve landed and had the energy to post yet. Nope. Not me. Never.