First I would like to thank everyone for their kind words about our adoption news. We appreciate all the conversations, texts, messages, likes, and comments that let us know y’all are behind us 100% and are continuing to pray for us. Even if our adoption story is beginning to sound a little bit like “The Girl Who Cried Adoption.” We are beyond excited with the switch to Hong Kong and have no doubt that is where God wants us and we don’t even begin to question the road he has lead us on to get there. Who said all roads were straight and without traffic jams anyway?
Today I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about Hong Kong, what the trip will look like for us, and a little bit about the matching process.
Michael Luke and I have had such a fun time learning about Hong Kong. Since this was our second to time switch countries we knew the drill for the required readings that help each couple learn about the country their next child will come from. Rather than bore you with history lesson I’ll share a few highlights.
- Hong Kong is not a country but a territory of China (“One country, two systems”)
- Hong Kong was once a colony of the British Empire then Japan took control with the British later resuming control and finally China taking the reins in 1997.
- English and Chinese are the official languages. Which is great because I really don’t see myself learning a Chinese dialect in the next few months.
- Hong Kong literally means “fragrant harbor”
- Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world and therefor one of the most expensive places to live. For fun, ML and I watched some House Hunters International shows that took place in Hong Kong. Apparently it is highly unusual to have a oven in your house since almost all cooking is done entirely with the wok. Which leaves the question… how do they make brownies, cake, or cobblers?
- The city has an amazing skyline that puts on a light show nightly and is best viewed from a boat in the harbor. I might have to conquer my fear of boats on water for this.
- The food is supposed to be amazing! Need I say more?
What The Trip Will Look Like For Us
There’s not a lot of real concrete information on this but unlike Peru where our in country stay would have been 28 days this trip will only need to be about a week long. Some people might consider this a plus but ML and I were really looking forward to being out of country so long.
Despite the visit being short I am looking forward to it… except for the almost 24 hours worth of flying and layovers that will be needed to get there. Jet Lag! I don’t even want to imagine what that is going to do to Noah. That girl likes to move! Speaking of Noah, she had her passport photos made last week and I snuck in a few candid shots.
We figured we better get a move on it since we could be traveling by the end of the year. As we find out more information you can bet that I will be back to share more about the trip.
The Matching Process
With Hong Kong you can match with a child at any point in the process or once you get to the end Hong Kong will select a child to present to you based on your child desired form. Michael Luke and I already have access to the waiting children list. So far there hasn’t been one available that meets our needs but we are hopeful that one will become available soon. If a child does become available that we feel look would be a good a fit for our family we can then request more information and put a hold on that child. If we make it through the whole dossier approval process and still haven’t matched with a child then Hong Kong will work to present you with a child that they feel will best work with your family. In that case you can then review the file, pray for God’s direction, and either accept the child or ask for another match. So for now we are hoping to match with a child off of the Waiting Children list. Both routes could lead us to Hong Kong by the end of the year though.
So there you have it. A little about Hong Kong, our trip,and the matching process. All this adoption stuff can get a little confusing… even for me. Hopefully, this helps to clear some stuff up though. Has anybody ever visited Hong Kong? Or maybe you are just a huge fan of Chinese food? I feel like I need to expand my Chinese cooking skills now.
P.S. If you have missed any of our adoption posts or can’t remember it all because we through you for a loop every time check out our Hong Kong Adoption tab at the top of the page for all our adoption posts.
P.P.S. For more cool Hong Kong pictures check out my Hong Kong Baby board on Pinterest.
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Keep the adoption info coming! Love it!
Thanks, Katie! I’ll share as I learn more and as we journey forward.
Noah is SO cute. I can’t stand it.
And Hong Kong is AMAZING! That sky line is unbelievable!!
I know! I am amazed at how beautiful the skyline is. Up until a few weeks ago I practically knew nothing about Hong Kong and now I am in love with the city and can’t wait to go.
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