Hurry Up and Wait - That's a term we used a lot in the military. It seemed while in boot camp that we were always rushing somewhere only to stand in a long line. The adoption process is much the same.
We as adoptive parents do our best to get all of our dossier documents in country in order to be submitted for approval just as quickly as we can. Once those documents are complete, our dossier is submitted to the governing officials who then determine whether they too will approve us to adopt from their country. Once approved, we are then given a date to travel to come meet our long awaited little ones. And that's where we are now.
Our final dossier documents arrived in country this morning (yea!) via another family who left yesterday on the way to meet their soon to be daughter. It's an odd feeling having our dossier complete. We hit a couple snags along the way, but we are finally at the point where we can do very little except wait.
Of course, during that wait time I'm trying to figure out how to pack for three little ones, who will need very warm winter clothing AND "pack light." Snowsuits are not small no matter how small the child. Thankfully, from all guestimations, our little ones will most likely wear size 24mo or smaller. Still, three snowsuits, three changes of clothing per child, and all the appropriate kiddie paraphernalia will leave little room for much else if we are merely going to take carry on luggage. Somehow I just don't think that's going to happen. Mom and Dad will need cold (very cold) weather clothes too! I did buy some space bags, thanks to the recommendation of a veteran adoptive parent. I'll let you know how it turns out.
I inserted a picture of our precious Caius below. He's in the midst of getting dressed, but this shows, once again, just how absolutely adorable he is. Those eyes are going to have many young girls' hearts all atwitter.
Money update - we've had a couple of precious people donate to our Family Sponsorship Page. (You can access that here or via our side bar donation button.) Thank you very much! Our fund raising efforts continue as well. We are getting closer to our must-have goal of $32,000 every day. Please remember that your donations are tax deductible, and if you live in a country other than the US, you can pay through paypal and they will do the rate conversion for you. Your help is most appreciated.
Jode and Kelley