...have my travel plans confirmed tonight!
Dare I ask how much more stressful this adoption can get? Scratch that, I wouldn't want it to sound like a challenge or anything!
All we know right now is that there is a very good possibility that our court date will be around November 18th and that we had to expedite our Visa applications with next day service because if it is on the 18th, then we have to leave THIS SATURDAY!
Less than a week away and we still can't book plane tickets yet. Gulp!
But God is moving mountains for us so I know it will all be good. My sister-in-law and niece will be traveling with us. She was able to cover all her shifts at the hospital in just a few hours. Amazing Grace!
When I called the agent processing our Visas to tell her there will be eight of us traveling to pick up one baby girl, she said in her strong Russian accent, "There will be a family reunion in Russia!" I thought that was sweet.
I started packing our daughter's suitcase first. This is the fun part. I kept holding things up to show Martin how cute they were and he said, "You've played with dolls and waited your whole life for this moment." He's right in one sense, I have wanted a daughter for as long as I can remember. But I was a Tom Boy and, truth be known, enjoyed my little brother's boy toys way more than dolls. That may come back to bite me in the near future!
Thank goodness for online shopping and express shipping! Preston and Garrett needed new snow boots and I still hadn't purchased a little pink snow suit. And I needed a new camera too (long story). My mom has been surfing the net looking for deals too. Plus, she keeps insisting that I get my Flu shot before we leave. I'll just add that to the list of things that need to get done by Friday. My list is starting to look a lot like Santa's naughty and nice list (you know, how it hangs down to the floor and then some?)
Please pray with me that our court date is confirmed for November 18th. That would work out perfect for our family in so many ways! Not the least of which is that we would be home the day before Thanksgiving. This is THE one time of year that our entire family gets together. I'd love to introduce the newest member of our family to all her aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents --shortly before I pass out from jet lag!