Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Last Night in China

The ceremony at the U.S. Consulate was sort of a non-event. There were 30 families present, and we all put up our right hands and swore that all statements we made to the U.S. Government regarding our Chinese children are true and accurate to the best of our knowledge. Then we were congratulated--our children will become officially American as soon as we arrive on U.S. soil.

We had an early dinner at the Thai restaurant. Since we can't get Thai food in Ashland we figured we'd take advantage of it while we had close access to it. We struck up a conversation with the family at the next table. They were from near St. Louis, but the husband grew up in Cleveland, and his mother has a place on Cinnamon Lake, which is only about twenty minutes from Ashland. Of course, it's a huge cliche to say that it's a small world, but that doesn't make it any less true.

It's now close to 7:30 pm, Guangzhou time. We're putting Stanzi to bed (she missed her afternoon nap, so she's practically passed out as Monica tries to feed her), then finishing the packing. We leave the hotel tomorrow at 5:45, and we'll be on an 8:20 flight to Tokyo, then Detroit, then Cleveland. Home never sounded so sweet.


  1. wow she is beautiful! Monica you look so so very happy! sorry john i can only hear you but you sound happy Enjoy your transition coming home it will be great!!! congratulations

  2. What a journey it's been - 3 1/2 years, halfway across the world, and now you're headed home. We can't wait to meet your beautiful daughter. The boys are all asking when the Baptism will be so we can come visit. Whenever you're ready for us, we'll be there (at a hotel, of course, you have your hands full enough already!!!)
    We love you, John, Monica and Stanzi!!!

  3. Welcome home Moser family!! I can't wait to meet Stanzi. Please let me know if there is anything I can do or that you need. I am so happy for you three!! She is a lucky little girl!