Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2012: The Year of the Dragon

Right now there are celebrations going on all over China for the Chinese New Year.  We have been waiting (not so patiently) for our TA (Travel Advisory) from the CCCWA. Waiting...waiting...waiting...wondering if they'd stamp our TA and mail it out before everything shut down for the holiday...AND THEY DID!!!

Our TA was stamped by China January 17 and our agency informed us of its arrival this morning!

Unfortunately everything is closed this week for the holiday so we are unable to confirm our Civil Affairs and US Consulate appointments.  We need the Civil Affairs appointment to take custody of Princess Petals and complete the Chinese adoption paperwork.  The Consulate appointment is when the US Embassy in Guangzhou will process Princess Petals' visa making her an American Citizen as soon as we step off the plane in the USA.  

The day Princess Petals becomes a US citizen will be a BEAUTIFUL day for many reasons:  
1. She will have a forever family and the love that every child craves and deserves.
2. We will hold our boys again - the separation is going to be a challenge for all of us.
3. I will be able to stop praying for safe travel and to let go of the anxiety I will likely feel from now until that glorious day when we land safely back in the USA.
4. I will never again have to pay someone in China $75 to take pictures of my daughter for me and tell me how much she's grown.
5. We can get OFF of this adoption roller coaster...well the paperwork part of it anyway...we still have attachment and bonding, figuring out how to be a family of five, and three years of post placement visits with our social worker to contend with.  

Very soon our little girl will be home with us.  She will have a mommy and a daddy and two big brothers to smother her with love.  I am sad that our joy will occur at the most frightening time of her life and I hope and pray we are able to provide a transition that is as comforting as possible for her.

Back to #4 on my list...I think it's time to shell out another $75...  I could use some new pictures and would love to know how much she's grown since our last update in October. We're taking bets on whether or not they've shaved her head since her birthday pictures last month...???  

Hopefully we'll have some new pictures and measurements to post in the next week or two!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!