Thursday, November 12, 2009

Travel Dates Are Official

Hi Everyone, we are good to go!!!! Our consulate appointment is set for Tuesday, December 8th and we will receive Julia's visa on the 10th. We are planning to book flights to leave on November 25 to stay at New Day Foster Home outside of Beijing for three nights. On the 29th, we will fly to Julia's home province, Inner Mongolia, and stay in the capital city of Hohot. We will be in Hohot until the 4th of December, then all FOUR of us will fly south to Guangzhou. Our plan is to be home on the 11th of December.

We would be happy to take a small present to New Day for your kiddos if you mail it to us before we leave. Please e-mail us at if you plan on mailing something to us. We can't wait to see Julia and the rest of the New Day family!

God has blessed us so richly and we can't thank Him enough!! Praise be to the One who is, was, and will always be!


  1. SOOOOOOOOOOO excited for you!! Wow, this has to be the most surreal finally have your travel dates and be preparing to bring home your precious Julia! (you better double-check your baggage, as I wouldn't be surprised if Lindsay tries to stow away with ya'all!!) ;) Take care and KNOW you will be in our prayers for safe and HEALTHY travels!! If you would, please give Khloe a hug for me if you get the chance!?!


  2. Oh, Michelle!! This is just WONDERFUL NEWS!!!! I am so excited for you and Julia!!

    If you see Evan (Forest) give him a big hug and kiss from his family?!

    Julia's going HOME! Sweet, sweet words.

  3. Wonderful news! I am so excited for your family! God is so good!

  4. I am so happy for you. I had no idea Julia was from Inner Mongolia, that is where Drew if from too. We will also be staying in Hohot so any tips from there would be great. I can't wait to see Julia in your arms.


  5. Hello wonderful Gilbert family!!! I saw the link to your blog on the St Jude website :) So thrilled to hear of your travel dates and to follow along on this journey with you. Julia is coming HOME!!!

    God's peace be with you,

  6. Michelle,
    We are so EXCITED for you all! Laura called me to fill me in on your upcoming travel. What a blessing that your prayers (and Julia's prayers) were answered! You kept saying that you'd be getting her in December, and God is always right on time! We cannot wait to meet Julia. It will be like meeting a movie star after watching all of her videos from New Day.
    We will be praying for safe travel and return.
    The Cook Family (Rich, Natania, Theo, Ruthie, Levi)

  7. Oh Michelle....I cannot wait to see her with her new family. I have prayed so much for Julia even before you found are exactly the family God had planned for her. I am so happy for you!

  8. Michelle,

    I just found your blog and I'm SO glad I did!!! I looked for it (briefly) after meeting you in August at Carrie's get-together, but didn't find it. It looks like my timing is perfect now, though! I know you can't wait to hold precious Julia in your arms!!! I'm so excited for you! We just started the paper chase a few weeks ago--we're going through CCAI--and are looking forward to our big day as well! One of my fondest memories from the get-together in August was the way your face lit up everytime a picture of Julia popped up on the powerpoint presentation...I'm sure I'll have the same reaction every time I see a picture of my daughter. :) I wish you the best of luck on your trip, and I'll be lifting you up in prayer as you travel. If you need anything let me know, we're not that far away!

    Many Blessings,