Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Oath Ceremony

This afternoon it became official that Dang HeKuan is now Jackson Kuan Swartzlander!!!!  We went by bus to the US Consulate here in Guangzhou to have our official Oath Ceremony.

Jackson is now officially our son in the eyes of the United States of America!  When we touch down in San Francisco, California, Jackson will officially become a citizen of the U.S.of.A.!!!!!

His little world has already changed so much!  All of the families tonight joked at dinner that all of our newly adopted children will be expecting breakfast buffets when we return home!

Jackson missed his nap, but was able to fall asleep on the drive to the consulate.  It was blistering hot, but in keeping with Chinese custom, we have tried our best when in public to keep his arms covered and legs covered.  I truly think that is why so many of the new babies are so fussy with their new parents is because they are soooo hot!!!!

Tomorrow morning (Thursday morning-your Wednesday evening) we will be going to the flower market.  Apparently this only happens 4 or 5 times a year in China.  One place we wished we would have had time to visit was the medicinal market!

Tomorrow afternoon we leave our hotel here in GZ for the airport.  We will fly from GZ to Beijing and will be staying at the Sino-Swiss Hotel.  Our flight doesn't arrive in Beijing until 10:00pm.  We are unsure as to whether we will be able to post anything.  It will depend on our internet access in Beijing!

Our flight home will be leaving Beijing on Friday afternoon at 1:40pm and arriving in San Francisco some 13 hours later.  We will have a 4 hour layover.  This should hopefully give us enough time to clear immigration with the infamous "Brown Envelope" and get through customs to recheck our bags and catch our flight HOME!!!  We are expected to arrive in Orlando at 9:15pm on Friday 2/12!!!

2 comments:

Tracy said...

Praying for safe travels. Welcome home, Jackson Kuan Swartzlander!!!

Tracy

Valerie said...

Congratulations!!! What a blessing!!!

VAL