We had another issue with our process – another first for our agency to have an issue like this. We truly are an anomaly in the adoption world! (Not really – adoptions rarely seem to go smoothly!) Apparently when our agency faxed the US consulate to get our Consulate Appointment (CA) on Monday, only one of 3 family’s faxes was received. Our agency talked with the consulate to find out what was wrong, but was turned away and told not to call again, but to wait for an email. Thankfully, they persisted and called again tonight. Our caseworker was able to talk with a helpful person to discover the problem. She resent the faxes with requests for appointments, only to have the consulate not receive those either. They were lost somewhere in cyberspace over China. On this side of things it looked like it went through. The helpful person told her that we would have an appointment for the 23rd (one day later than we’d hoped for, but still fine) and that he would confirm it by email. Their offices closed for the weekend within a half hour of their conversation (of course they leave at 1 pm on Fridays!!! (that’s 9 pm here)) and she hadn’t received the email yet. She called and told us the situation, slightly concerned, but saying she’s about 98% sure we have the CA.
Well, of course, I’ fretted over that 2% chance. I asked some adoption friends to pray, and within a few minutes I received an email from our agency. The CA was officially confirmed and will be on the 23rd! Yay Jesus!
At this point I finally asked what the CA is exactly. Apparently it’s an appointment where we apply for Ai Li’s Visa, but we don’t actually have to attend the appointment. Our guide will go for us. Then, the next day we get the visa, and the next day after that we fly home and our baby becomes an American citizen! So, it looks like we our travel dates will be the 11th – 25th, and we hope to book plane tickets tomorrow.
I’m excited to have a travel group of 3 families from our agency, and also know two other families who will be in Guangzhou adopting from True Children’s Home too!
So much to do. My mind is racing!