I thought this picture was so cute of Cam. He is so focused on beating his obstacle course competitor. Too funny!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
June 19, 2009- The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the quarantine measures imposed by the Government of China in response to the 2009-H1N1 pandemic that may affect travel to China. This Travel Alert expires on September 30, 2009.
Current quarantine measures in China include placing arriving passengers who exhibit fever or flu-like symptoms into seven-day quarantine. Although the proportion of arriving Americans being quarantined remains low, the random nature of the selection process increases the uncertainty surrounding travel to China. The selection process focuses on those sitting in close proximity to another traveler exhibiting fever or flu-like symptoms or on those displaying an elevated temperature if arriving from an area where outbreaks of 2009-H1N1 have occurred. We have reports of passengers arriving from areas where outbreaks have occurred (including the U.S. and Mexico) being placed in precautionary quarantine simply because they registered slightly elevated temperatures.
In some instances, children have been separated from their parents because either the parent or the child tested positive for 2009-H1N1 and was placed in quarantine for treatment. This situation presents the possibility of Chinese medical personnel administering medications to minors without first having consulted their parents.
The Department of State has received reports about unsuitable quarantine conditions, including the unavailability of suitable drinking water and food, unsanitary conditions, and the inability to communicate with others.
Travelers to China are reminded that all foreign travelers, including U.S. citizens, are obliged to follow local procedures regarding quarantines and any other public health-related measures. The U.S. Embassy will be unable to influence the duration of stay in quarantine for affected travelers. The Chinese government will not compensate people for lost travel expenses. Travelers to China are urged to consider purchasing travel insurance to protect against losses in the event they are quarantined.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Here are some Chinese snack foods that I am not sure whether or not we will try...
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Now, I am just wondering when it will all feel real?
Thursday, June 11, 2009
We received a call from our agency this morning letting us know they received our Travel Approval from China. We were thrilled and surprised to receive this so quickly...exactly three weeks since our referral. Woohoo! Another step closer to Avery! Now our agency can request a provincial appointment in Chongquing and our consulate appointment in Guangzhou. Once they get those dates, we can book our flights. We probably won't know anything till next week and it could all change but at this point they are estimating that our travel group will leave July 9th and return July 22nd. We have decided to go earlier than our travel group and spend a few extra days in Beijing getting acclimated to the time change and enjoying the historical sights which means that we could be heading to China on July 5th or 6th. Leaving for China on July 6th would be wonderful as that is Avery's 1st birthday! Wow - I can't believe it....that is only three weeks from this Monday. Yikes...I have a lot to do! Oh well....sadly...this family works better on a deadline!
On another note...I am sure most of you have heard that the World Health Organization raised the swine flu alert to a level 6 pandemic. Please pray that this will not effect our travel plans to or in China.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Avery Louise Xiuqing Tarico
Avery has no special meaning (sadly). We just love it. In fact, it has a meaning that make me chuckle. The sites we have found says it mean "elf counsel". Can we shorten it to mean "counsel"? :)
Louise was my Mom's middle name and it brings me great joy to remember my beloved Mother in this way. In fact, in the hours before my Mom saw Jesus over six years ago, when she could no longer speak but I knew that she could still hear me, I told her that if God blessed Doug & I with a daughter, we would name her after her. What a blessing to be able to do that!
Xiuqing is her first and middle name that the orphanage gave her, put together. We have been told it either means "beautiful celebration" or "beauty and dignity". We won't know for sure until we are in China but the name that the orphanage gave her may be the only thing she will ever have from her days in China.
Monday, June 8, 2009
The pictures that we received of our daughter were taken back in March when she was around 8 months of age. When we first received her photos, I remember thinking that her sweet little face reminded me of a photo that we had of Camden around the same age and lo and behold I found the picture! I know...she's Chinese...what resemblance could there be? Well, what do you think...is there any resemblance?
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
We are praying that this is received in the spirit in which it was sent...with love and appreciation for this very special child.