Here we are… sitting in the Chicago O’Hare International Airport… waiting… with a four hour layover before we board our 13-hour flight to Beijing. We are dead tired and hope we can get a good bit of sleep on the flight. It’s been a crazy, hectic series of days since our last update.

I sent off for visas last Thursday using a service (, and received them back on Wednesday! Phew!

We spent the last week busily packing our belongings for storage and packing our two suitcases and two carry-ons (each) with a year’s supply of clothing and drugs.

I’d like to write more about our adventure the past week, but I’m too tired to think. We promise many and more frequent updates when we get to China (internet willing).

Thank you for your well-wishes and prayers. We certainly feel blessed.