Audrey and Ryan are in Los Angeles waiting for their flight to China.  We are excited and a little anxious for the trip.  

How do we ever say thank you enough to all of you who have made this opportunity possible.  We are so grateful.  
We were able to spend Thanksgiving with family in Utah for the first time in the ten years since we moved away.  We missed Syd and Lance, though.  They spent Thanksgiving with Lance's family at Disneyland.  We were able to see them last night.  While they were gone we took care of their dog Atlas.  Ryan had a good time taking him for a walk (or was it Atlas taking him for a walk?).  That dog is strong!  We now know firsthand why they use Huskies to pull sleds.

We leave tomorrow to go to China.  Our flight goes from Salt Lake City to LA.  Then we will fly from LA to Guangzhou.  Even though we leave November 29, we will land in China on December 1st.  There will be a van there waiting to take us to the hospital.  Ryan and I will be staying there in the same room the whole time--from Dec 1-22.  We have to provide our own food.  They have a common area in the hospital with a microwave and hotplate so we are taking a suitcase of things that can be easily prepared in a microwave or just eaten without worrying about cooking.

Ryan Crozier and his mom are going to China for stem cell therapy Dec 1-22.  On Sunday, Dec. 2, his family will be fasting for him to have success with the stem cell treatments.  We invite you to join with us.

We will keep you updated on our China trip on our blog at

Thanks everyone for all your help and encouragement!  This is a dream come true!

Would you like to know more about Fasting?  Fasting is to voluntarily refrain from eating or drinking for the purpose of drawing closer to the Lord and requesting his blessings. Prayer is a necessary part of fasting. Throughout the scriptures, prayer and fasting are mentioned together. Our fasting should be accompanied by sincere prayer, and we should begin and end our fasting with prayer.

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints today, one Sabbath day each month is set aside for the purpose of fasting. During this time, Church members go without food and water for twenty-four hours. They then contribute to the Church the money that they would have spent on food for those meals. This money is called a fast offering. The Church uses the fast offerings to assist the poor and needy.  To help children understand fasting and prayer there is a story you can read them HERE

Fasting is mentioned many times in the scriptures listed below:

When you apply for a Chinese Visa it's kind of a Catch-22.   You have to have your airline ticket reservations and place to stay documented when you apply for the Visa.  This made me a bit nervous when I bought the airline tickets.  I got thinking, "What if they don't approve our Visas?  Then what?"  So I bought travel insurance, just in case.  I was very happy to get the phone call yesterday saying the Chinese Visas were ready to be picked up. 

Here are the directions to apply for a Chinese Visa.

Valid Passport:

    You must send the actual passport. The passport must have at least twelve (12) months validity remaining before expiration and has at least one complete blank visa page for the visa stamp. 

Visa Application Form:

    Download, completely fill-out and sign China visa application form. One form per applicant. *** Do not leave any areas blank but instead write "N/A" if you don't have answer to a question, or if the question does not apply to you.
 Additional Requirements for Minor:
    All minor applicants must submit a copy of birth certificate, and a copy of both parents passport.

    You must provide one 2"x2" passport type photo.
Supporting Documents:

    You must provide one of the following documents for a tourist visa.
  • Photocopy of the roundtrip airline ticket and hotel reservation.
  • An Invitation Letter for Tourist Group of Invitation Letter for Tourist by a Duly Authorized Tourism Unit;
  • An Invitation Letter issued by companies, corporations, institutions and individuals in China. If the invitation letter is issued by an individual in China, the photocopy of the ID of the individual is required.
  • The invitation letter issued by companies, corporations, institutions and individuals in China, shall include the following items: (A) Personal information of the application: name, gender, date of birth, passport number, etc. (B) Information concerning the applicant's visit to China: purpose of the visit, date of arrival and leaving, places to visit, relationship between the applicant and the inviter, and who will bear the cost of the applicant's accommodations in China. (C) Information of the inviter: name of the unit or individual, phone number, address, and if applicable, seal and signature of the legal representative. * Generally, the invitation letter may be submitted as a fax, copy or printout. If necessary, the consular officer will ask the applicant to submit the original invitation letter, or to provide some supporting and supplementary documents, or schedule an interview.