Adoption Update: It’s Official

Today was the most tiring day of the trip so far (outside of flying from the US to China). Here is a run down of what we did.

-go back to the Welfare Center and receive our official adoption certificate. This means that Malachi is legally our son!
-go to the notary office to get some paperwork done
-get on a bullet train and take and hour long trip to Sanmenxia City to apply for Malachi’s passport. This was our second bullet train trip reaching speeds of 307 km/hour.
-Almost die (we could have!) as driver appears to intentionally go the wrong way against traffic to make the turn into the office where we apply for the passport easier. (Like many countries- rules of the road are merely suggestions)
-Return to Zhengzhou on the bullet train. This part of the journey was miserable as the temperature inside the train was at sauna levels.

After it was all said and done, we ordered room service nearly 11 hours after we left in the morning. Tomorrow is a free day before we fly to Guanzhou for Malachi’s health check-up and visa appointment on Friday. We continue to be thankful for your prayers and support.


About Steve LaMotte

Husband of Andrea and father of four amazing children. Pastor at Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford, Delaware.
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