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Back from the US Consulate

Check out the dinner table arrangement - NEAT

Family (minus 1) hug

Storm at a little after 2:00 PM

Storm at a little after 7:00 PM
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September 13, 2006

Our last day in Guangzhou was VERY wet. It is a good thing Sheila got most of her shopping done before this morning, because we have had the rain. We had to catch the bus to the US Consulate at 2:45 this afternoon, and it was still raining for the entire 45 minute bus ride there and back.

The actual event of swearing in Ruby as a US citizen and getting her visa went fairly quickly and much more organized than it was in 2003. The room at the new location was MUCH larger that the one we were in for Jada’s swearing in. I’d estimate that at least 200 people were there for this session. I know of three LARGE buses of people that were there, but I’m not sure if other buses came for others after we left.

Sheila meant to add a little bit in her posting yesterday about how the weather has been. She thought it only fair since I had ragged on it so much in my earlier writings. And I have to admit, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were VERY nice – highs in the mid-70s with a slight breeze. Very comfortable. I guess that turned out to be the lull before the storm. Looking on, it seems the rain today is being caused by a tropical depression that is out in the South China Sea and heading for Hong Kong. We are only a short distance inland from Hong Kong.

As Sheila stated yesterday, this will be our last post before many of you see us on Thursday evening at Tri-Cities airport. We are scheduled to arrive at 9:17 PM on Northwest flight 3230. We get our “wake-up” call at 4:30 AM, and head to the airport for our 8:20 AM flight at 5:30 AM. Should be an interesting time with two girls who have become accustomed to sleeping past 8:00 each morning.

So, if you want to get an idea of just how long we will be 'in route to America', look at your clock at 5:30 pm on Wednesday evening and say "On your mark, get set, GO." and let's see who gets to the airport first. :]

Since we still have to pack, I better get off here and get busy doing something. Sheila and Jada stepped out to return the borrowed stroller and pick up a few things that were supposed to be ready today. Ruby is asleep, but the rest of us have a long way to go before we are able to catch a few Z’s.

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we head back to the US. As soon as Ruby goes through the immigration line at the Detroit airport, she will be an official, no one can ever take it away, genuine, certified, bonafide, authentic US citizen. Hallelujah!

Thank you once again for following our most amazing journey. We hope you enjoyed reading it half as much as we enjoyed keeping it. It will serve as a diary of sorts to give to Ruby when she is able to comprehend and understand the significance of the contents. We think she’ll be okay with it.

For those of you interested, I will post some additional journal entries after we return home. Some of the ones I can’t wait to feature are of course the welcome home, but also Ruby’s dedication at church. She has changed SO MUCH in the last 9 days. I can’t wait to report from home in several weeks or a few months how she is doing.

Hugs and kisses to all, and to all a good night!


The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step....Lao Tzu

We can't wait to see all of you! We have missed you terribly! The boys have made signs and Cade is excited about a poem he has written for Ruby. We love you all so much. We will be praying for a safe return home. See you at the airport!!
Posted by: Aunt Vickie on September 13, 2006 at 06:03 A.M.
Richard, Sheila, Jada and Ruby,
We are all praying for your safe and 'quick' flight home. We can't wait to see your smiling faces come through the doors at the airport. I think a 'few' people might be there to greet you if that is okay? ;o)
We love you and pray God's grace, mercy and protective covering throughout your journey home.
Tom, Barb, Hannah and Sam
ps. see you very very soon!
Posted by: Barb on September 13, 2006 at 06:10 A.M.
Our watches will be set! Hope the storm off Hong Kong won't be a problem for you and create delays. We will be glad to get the Lanes back on home turf!! Much love, Susan and Dave.
Posted by: Susan and Dave on September 13, 2006 at 09:07 A.M.
We'll be there at the airport and can't wait until you are home!!!

Dana, Charlie, and Amanda
Posted by: Dana on September 13, 2006 at 11:21 A.M.
So glad you all are almost home! I've truly enjoyed every post and every picture and appreciate your diligence in posting. See you all SOON!
Posted by: Brittany on September 13, 2006 at 12:52 P.M.
Sheila, Richard, Jada and Ruby,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you start this last part of your journey to bring Ruby home. If we weren't so far away, we'd come to the airport to see you come home. Our thoughts are with you as you arrive home and try to overcome the jet lag. I know I didn't mind it when we went the last time, but it was a different story when we got home. It took us almost 2 weeks to feel normal again. We'll be looking forward to more updates in the weeks and months to come. We'll let you know when we have our website ready so you can follow our journey to Abigail. Thanks for taking the time every day to give us a glimpse into this new beginning for Ruby.
Posted by: Joni and Bob Waldron on September 13, 2006 at 06:58 P.M.
Congratulations, guys!!!! She's beautiful!! Your pictures are wonderful. Makes us want to go back again too! Keep in touch! God bless you all.
Posted by: Sandy & Roland on September 14, 2006 at 08:27 A.M.
We'll be waiting at the airport for your safe return in about 8 hours. We hope your trip has been as great as it has seemed as we read your daily posts. See you soon!
Bill, Gina and Kealee
Posted by: Bill and Gina Sandidge on September 14, 2006 at 10:07 A.M.
Posted by: Michael and Starla on September 14, 2006 at 03:27 P.M.
Jeez, all the blank comments I have made since you been in China you would think I was new to this computer thingy :) Just wanted to say we have so enjoyed your journey and all your pictures. Can't wait to see you guys back home!!!!
Posted by: Michael and Starla on September 14, 2006 at 03:29 P.M.
Just read all your entry's from China....can't access from work. I am sooo happy for you,Richard,Jada and Ruby. I have prayed for your safe trip,but very sad I was not able to see you at the airport...Like I saw Jada, but glad you are home. The look in all you faces, truely shows you are filled with love. Take care and email me when you get a chance. Love Ginny
Posted by: Ginny Karlovitz on September 24, 2006 at 09:22 A.M.