Many adoptive parents equate the adoption process to a roller coaster ride. There are constant ups and downs, and unexpected twists and turns during the process. A few weeks ago we were on that ride.
The roller coaster was on the way up when one morning I woke up to a sweet video of our daughter.
Click on this link to view it - http://youtu.be/3hDtfdaVoZc
I was so excited to see this video. Even though Mae seems scared and sad, it is wonderful to actually see her.
Then the roller coaster dropped. We were waiting for our immigration approval. An email to my officer that morning confirmed that she had not yet received our files. This put as at the long end of the wait. I was so bummed that we would continue to wait.
A few hours later, that roller coaster began to climb rapidly. Our officer emailed me back and told me that our files appeared on her desk late that day and they were approved. Whoo hoo! The excitement was building knowing that we were getting closer.
Then another drop. Our passports, which were on their way to SF to get visas, ended up going to Colorado and taking an extra week to arrive. It was very stressful trying to figure out what was going on. Praise the Lord that they were not lost and finally arrived to their destination.
Right now we are just riding along a smooth track. No ups and downs, twists or turns for the moment. We are currently waiting for some paperwork to be picked up from the American Consulate in China. Once that paperwork is picked up, we wait for travel approval. My best guess is that we would leave around August 6th. Of course, that could always change!
Friday, June 3, 2011
Mae's orphanage doesn't seem to get as much traffic as Nate's. There is a family adopting right now that visited Mae's orphanage and was kind enough to check in on her and take some pictures. She is so beautiful even without any hair. I admit to being a little sad when I see these photos of her. She is in a metal crib with nothing in it to stimulate her. Nate seems to always be surrounded with toys and activity. Mae seems to be in a decent place, but with little to enhance her life. It could be so much worse. I'm praying that she is loved on. Enjoy the photos.