I didn't think it would take 48 to 72 hours to find out and sure enough I got word first thing this morning that our CA is Nov. 29th. Sophia will be in my arms on Nov. 22nd and we will be home around Dec. 2nd.
As long as the wait seems now things are speeding by. So many things that need to get done. I just happened to call the bank today to make sure that they ordered our money and I am so glad I did. The message didn't get passed on to the person that orders money but thank the Lord she was a wonderful nice person and said she would order it today to have next week. She was such a sweet person and was so excited to be helping us.
Now to get our house organized, the girls room reorganized, bags packed, house cleaned, etc. I am going to sleep the entire flight to China after all this!
Our agency received our Travel Authority letter today and sent in our request for our Consulate Appointment, in the China adoption world this is known as our TA and CA. We are expecting that I will be leaving around November 18th and would meet Sophia on November 22nd. This is all tentative at this point as our travel and meeting day are all centered around our CA. We will find out in the next couple of days our exact CA and will begin to make our travel arrangements and get our bags packed.
Roughly we are about $4000 away from the funds needed for travel. We really appreciate all who have donated, purchased and are praying for us. Please help us continue to spread the word about our hoodies, tees, caps and of course the puzzle fundraiser. Check them out at Bringing Sophia Home.
Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer.He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. So he began to walk faster to catch up. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn't dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer he called out, "Good morning! What are you doing?" The young man paused, looked up and replied,"Throwing starfish in the ocean." "I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?" "The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if I don't throw them in they'll die." "But, young man, don't you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can't possibly make a difference!" The young man listened politely. Then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said-"It made a difference for that one."