The consulate was able to open up some other dates for adoption and we were able to get February 10th! WOW!
This will mean you guys will need to be in the provincial cities on January 30th and you will be able to depart from GZ anytime after 6:00 pm on February 12th. you will be responsible for getting yourself to the provincial city and then home from GZ. Lifeline will handle any in-country flights during the process.
Talk about total shock! I couldn't believe it. I had to read it again to believe it. Then I went upstairs and told Mike that we had a change of plans. We both just looked at each other. My mind went a million ways at once. How can we get it together that fast? What about Lily's bed, it is supposed to be delivered at the end of the month? etc. etc. etc. Mike, was his usual calm self and told me, Don't worry, we can do this. Lets make a list of what needs to get done and we will just get through it.
So, he made the flight arrangements. We are working on a post trip so that we will get to experience a little of the Chinese New Year. I made the Dr. Appointment with the Adoption Dr. for Lily when we return. I put the mail on hold as well as the newspaper. I made arrangements for my sister to receive the bunkbeds at our house. Kami called the Dr. to order the prescriptions we will take with us to China. I put together all of the medications that we will take to China in case someone gets sick. I took the girls to Chinese class and informed them that we would be gone. I washed clothes. There is much to be done and I have been offered a lot of help from family and friends. The best thing that they can do for me is to play with my girls. I am going to be so distracted and busy.
We need to call our Credit Cards and alert them to the fact that we will be in China. Contact the insurance to add Lily, make our post trip tour arrangements, etc. etc.
God must have a reason that he wants us to get to Lily so fast. Every part of our process has moved at a fast pace. The only thing that didn't was our homestudy. We got our I800A approval in record time. We got our LOA in record time. We got our I800 approval but with a mistake, and I think because of that mistake it got more attention in getting our Article 5 signed and then the TA super fast after that and now this. I am excited and nervous at the same time. Please pray for Lily and for our family as we get to know each other. I can still remember the way it felt the day we met Meilynn and the way I felt just for a moment when she was crying so hard, that I didn't know if we were doing the right thing for her. She was so upset and I felt like I was ripping her away from the only life that she knew. She was 2 years 2 months old. I cannot imagine how hard this will be for our Lily.