Thursday, October 29, 2009

And she's off!!!

M3 here, acting as calm, objective backup blogger during Catherine's insanely exciting trip. (Oh who am I kidding, there will be no calmness, and objectivity's probably not in the cards either.)

The big news is that as of right this minute, Catherine is IN THE AIR! That's right, she is flying to China to meet Hannah, this very second.

A little funny, while we're waiting for a report of safe travels: I talked to Catherine at midnight last night (um, that was five hours before she was supposed to be picked up for the airport) and there was not one single thing in her suitcase as yet. Crazy girl!!



After five hours of frenetic activity (judging by the timestamp on these images she sent and asked me to post), this was the sight just minutes before that airport pickup. Wahoo!


Go, Catherine, go! Folks all around the world are cheering for you and we all can't wait to hear more.

58 comments:

  1. Safe travels, Catherine! Can't wait to watch the rest of this story unfold. :)

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  2. Wishing you a safe trip and we are counting the minutes till we see Hannah in your arms

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  3. Thanks for updating us M3. Can't wait to see her updates, maybe via you and to see Hannah in her arms.
    Safe travels to you and your family Catherine.

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  4. Dear Catherine,

    I live in Germany, and really want to adopt one day. My family thinks I'm weird, but it is a HUGE part of my life.

    Your blog was the first I ever read, and I check it every day when I get home from school. I have been following your incredible journey since May, and I am really happy for you, and can't wait for your baby to be in your arms.

    You really do have a lot of people behind you.

    Good Luck,
    From a military brat

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  5. Good luck Catherine! I look forward to following your journey!!

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  6. Wishing you a safe trip Catherine!
    Can't wait to see Hannah in your arms!
    Don't worry about the sleep...adrenalin can take you a long way!

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  7. Thanks M3 cause I was jonesing for an update! I have been thinking of her all day. Cannot believe that the day has come!

    She is a wild woman! Living on the edge. When I spoke to her on Tuesday, she thought she might get a couple hours...I guess she did not get any sleep after all.

    Keep smilin!

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  8. There is some serious hooting and hollering going on here in Santa Cruz!! Go Catherine Go!!!

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  9. God speed.............we will be following your amazing adventure and praying for a safe and happy trip and awaitng the arrival of our newest Canadian

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  10. This is WAY exciting! Makes me feel as if I am going! Can't wait for more updates.

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  11. Can't wait to see Hannah in your arms! I've been following your blog for quite a while now and I am so excited for you!

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  12. Wow! All the planning and I can't believe she put the stuff in suitcases just in time. I can't imagine how excited she was last night!!!!! Wooo Hooo!!!

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  13. I want her on the other side of the world ASAP. I am so happy for you Catherine.

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  14. Yay Catherine! I am so excited to watch your journey unfold. I'll be praying for an easy transition for you and sweet Hannah.

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  15. Safe Travels!

    We will be waiting anxiously for updates!!

    Stace

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  16. Oh it is so exciting!!!!! Safe journey!!!

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  17. You're not fooling any one of us,M3! HA!

    Re-living our dreams through Catherine's journey! Can't wait! This is soooo exciting!

    I had to laugh at her last-minute packing. My husband set up a "staging area" for our packing. We had 2 long tables in our spare room lined up with things to take, paring it down as we discovered some things wouldn't fit.

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  19. Safe travels!looking forward to following along and watching this beautiful reunion all unfold.

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  20. Last-minute-packers unite! Although I was packing for six, soon to be seven, I wasn't doing much better the night before we left. Instead of packing, I had to make one more stinking trip to Wal-Mart. I distinctly remember having a meltdown in the store less than 12 hours before departure because the jewelry lady wouldn't change the battery in my watch because I didn't buy it there.

    SO excited to read the updates! Thanks, M3!

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  21. This is soooo exciting!!! Your time has FINALLY COME!!!! YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. Thanks for the update...thinking safe travel thoughts and love reliving the adoption experience trough Catherine all over again!

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  23. Go Catherine Go!!! We are soooo excited for you both!

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  24. I have been following this blog and so excited for Catherine and Hannah. My blessing are with them during this trip.

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  25. Wow! All that waiting and finally on the way! Too exciting. I follow Catherine's blog everday too!

    I am a mom and grandma and can't imagine the emotions that go with such a journey!

    God speed to all involved in the bringing home of this beautiful and very lucky baby girl.

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  26. I'm so excited for you. I can't wait to see you with Hannah in your arms. Best of luck for a wonderful and safe trip.

    -- kelly :-)

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  27. Ahhhhh so exciting! I can't believe it is FINALLY Hannah time!!

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  28. safe travels, can't wait to follow along her journey!!!

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  29. WOW, Love that you're "Guest Blogging" M3! I think my heart skipped a beat when I saw the pics of the luggage and read that five hours prior to being picked up for the airport she hadn't packed!!!! PANIC time! Looks like she got it all together and no doubt was more organized that things appeared! I only know of Catherine via your fabulous blog which my hubby says I'm addicted to! Wishing her safe travels. We're approaching one year since our journey. It's the most amazing experience EVER!!! Godspeed! :) Melissa

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  30. i would have been a basket case with that kind of last minute packing! she is a miracle worker :O)

    can't wait to see that first post from beijing!!

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  31. Have a safe trip! So excited for you =)

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  32. Wooo hoooo! Go, Catherine, Go!

    Amy

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  33. Safe safe travels to you all!!!! Can't wait to hear from you once you are in Chinese soil!

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  34. Gosh, I thought you weren't leaving until Sunday Catherine! How the heck did I get that wrong! God speed and safe travels! I am SO excited!
    j

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  35. Catherine, just came back to see if there are any updates yet...Ava saw the picture of your "before" packing and said, "Oh!, that's a BIG mess, she has to clean it up!" Had to laugh, as she seems to be OK living with her "mess" in the toy room...a joy you will soon be able to share.

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  36. Thanks for doing this M3. It's fun being kept up to date on Cathy's happenings. I've heard soooo much about you, I feel like I've known you for years.

    Can't wait to hear more,
    Joy

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  37. We're SO excited for you!!! Safe travels -- can't wait to see pics of you there!!
    Thanks M3 for the updates!!

    cari

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  38. I just got chills reading this entry. Yeah! So excited for Catherine and anxiously looking forward to new posts.

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  39. Yay, I am so happy for Catherine and Hannah! I have had the pleasure of meeting Catherine several times and she is a wonderful and positive person. I am sure she is going to be an awesome mommy!!!

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  40. Best wishes Catherine! Thinking of you and can't wait to see Miss Hannah in your arms!!!

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  41. I'm so excited for you, Catherine! You are in the same hotel right now as my brother and sister-in-law, who are also there to meet their son!! They are Ken & Amanda from Pennsylvania -- I told them to make sure they get a chance to meet you. Have a wonderful trip!!!

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  42. I am so happy and excited for you!!! I can not wait to see pictures of Hannah in her mama's arms:)

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  43. God bless you and Hannah, Catherine. You've waited long to receive the greatest treasure of a life time. Your daughter is very beautiful, and what a wonderful mother she has!

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  44. YAY! I am so looking forward to the updates and can not wait to see those first pics of mommy and daughter! Oh man such wonderful memories is the journey of adoption...dreams come true!!
    Amy
    Mom to Emma (Guangdong, China )

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  45. It is really happening! You are on your way!! WOW! We have ALL been waiting for this moment!
    (what's with the last minute packing... you had over three years!!). All kidding aside, we know how hectic it gets after referral day!
    Hope you had a great flight!
    We need hourly updates.....
    Thanks, M3.

    Alyzabeth's Mommy for One Year!

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  46. My oldest 2 children were born in South Korea and traveled home to us 12 years and 9 years ago. Reading your blog takes me back to wonderful times! My heart is so excited for you....you are embarking on a joy that is hard to put into words! Our prayers are with you!

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  47. Best of luck, Catherine. Have a great time in China!

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  48. Yay, Catherine is 'wheels up' at last! Hannah, your mommy is on her way to scoop you up : ).

    So excited for you , Catherine! Smiling just thinking about your family day!

    June

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  49. dear Catherine

    i am 17 and i also can't wait to adopt when i am older your blog has been and inspiration and i have check your blog every day after school for the past 3+ years and i am so happy Hannah is finally meeting her mommy

    Have a safe and Fun Trip

    Chamaree

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  50. So wonderful. I cannot to see Hannah in your arms. I love your blog. You have been so patient and so positive through your wait. Enjoy every second of your trip!
    Kelly

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  51. Waiting patiently here in Texas!

    well.....maybe not patiently how about anxiously!!!! God bless all of you.

    Love, Kristy

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  52. Yeah! Fly fast Catherine! I cannot wait to see the first pictures of Hannah and her so happy Momma.

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  53. Waiting, not so patiently, for the update that says you have arrived safely.

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  54. This is HYSTERICAL! Can't believe you are finally on your way!!!

    Thanks for the update M3!! :)

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