Last Friday we received more paperwork to be filled out. Most of it was for our agency agreeing to all the terms, conditions and hold harmless on travel, all of which needed to be notarized. We also received an email letting us know that Chongqing was one of the few provinces where we could opt to wire our orphanage donation fee. Yippee, that's a lot less crisp, new 100's that we have to worry about obtaining and carrying around. Our final bit of paperwork was the application for our visas.
By Saturday I had all the forms filled out and notarized (Thanks Dan!). Early Monday morning I was at the bank getting a money order for the orphanage fee and writing out a check for the visas and then it was on to the post office to mail everything off. By Wednesday everything was received by CCAI and the travel agency obtaining our visas.
Now we're waiting for our visas to come through, we're still waiting on our updated I-171H and of course still waiting for travel approval (TA) so that consulate appointments can be scheduled and travel dates can be set. So close and yet still so far away especially when we look into Maisie's eyes.
We have so many things on our plate right now that hopefully the next week or so should pass quickly. Today my parents come in to spend the week with us. Tomorrow is my baby shower and I'm so excited. Then of course is preparing for Thanksgiving and that whole day. Then the Saturday after Thanksgiving is Eammon's Wetting the Baby's Head which means Sunday I'll be taking care of him!!
I'm really hoping that before Thanksgiving maybe we'll hear something about not only our TA's but also our I-171H. Please keep your fingers crossed for us!!