We are through the immigration steps and man were they tough. First it was our I800, then the NVC, that darn GUZ # and pdf, and finally to the Consulate for an Article 5. When we adopted Ruthie, those steps did not exist. I completely understand their purpose and will not complain about their existence, but I am REALLY glad they are DONE!
So what now?
Well we celebrate the year of the horse with the Chinese until they return to work somewhere around February 8-10th. Normally, CNY is a fun holiday around here. Last year we released lanterns and made big memories. This year it is that week that stands between me and my child.
Now we wait again. We would love to travel in February but recognize that things would really have to fall into place for us. Please be praying with us that we receive our TA quickly after they return to work. We are ready to bring that baby girl home and get her the care she needs.
In the meantime, I am trying to make the most of the time with our family as it currently stands. I feel this deep need to gather my kids and do lots of snuggling.
Here is a pic of my youngest two enjoying the recent ice day. Umbrella hats courtesy of a Forbidden City vendor on my last trip to China.