I'm happy to receive the parcel you've sent to the orphanage. I enjoy all the gifts you sent to me. I will share them with my friends and teachers. Mr *** * have read the **** you sent to me. I'm excited to know I will be educated in a public school and paint in an art studio.
Here in the orphanage I had a happy spring festival. I watched TV programs, enjoyed the party with my friends. I can't wait to see you and Dad in March. Wish you a pleasant journey to Ch*na. Wish every one in our family all the best.
This is the first time she signed "Arielle" in her notes. In a prior letter I mentioned to Arielle that I homeschooled our young boys. But we intended to send her to public school for the first year. Much prayer had gone into this decision. I had no idea how worried she was about this. She had a friend's mother email me (who is already home with her forever family) and ask if she was going to be homeschooled too. It seems like the "idea" of homeschooling makes them nervous(they evidently have another friend who is homeschooled and home with her forever family here in the USA that does not like it...in my opinion...too much emailing between "friends"about homeschooling!). But I have an idea once she is here, and she sees what she is missing, she will WANT to be homeschooled...
We plan to send her to a local Art Studio.
I also got a note from her teacher:
Dear Terry *******:
Arielle asked me to say hello and tell her feelings to your family. If you want to touch her, you can write *******. I will download the letter and read it to her. Now Arielle is very happy to hear from you and know what her new life will be in the US. She wish to hear from you soon. Wish your family all the best.
I plan to take pictures of her room, church, house, etc, and send those to this teacher so she will "see" everything. I also what her to know we have 3 dogs. I am so blessed to have this connection with her. I thank Gifts to China with Love for opening that door for us!
We finally got our total for in-China travel costs and so we tallied everything up and added it all together. Including the orphanage donation.
Still about $2100 short in money needed for fees. And that doesn't include what I need for eating and tips for the guide and driver. I'm not exactly sure how much I will need for that...I guess I'm trying to just take it one step at a time. It's easier for me to see the "light" by taking one chunck of expenses and chipping away at it. Once we meet that, then we move on to the next. I'm happy to say we are nearing the end!
We withdrew what we could from Brads retirement fund. It covers our plane tickets exactly! but now we have $0 savings left to draw from...I'm just happy we had it for such a time as this! For those of you keeping records for your own travel, our thermometer doesn't reflect the price of my Airline tickets there and back. I left it out since it varies so much depending where you're flying out of and time of year. What it does include is in china transportation, fees, hotels, breakfast, a few sightseeing tours...
I'll be posting our itinerary tomorrow. Our trip will be 18days total due to an in-province visa processing change.
Update Fundraiser Thermometer Here