"Take an action each day that alleviates suffering in the world. Bring light into darkness."
-Angeles Arrien

Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished:
If you're alive, it isn't.
--- Richard Bach

I have come to realize more and more that the greatest disease and the greatest suffering is to be unwanted, unloved, uncared for, to be shunned by everybody, to be just nobody [to no one]
--Mother Teresa

We were not separated at your birth.
It was the moment at which we began our journey toward each other
-Nancy McGuire Roche

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

"All things come round to him who will but wait."- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It has been 60 days since are referral. 60 days since I saw those precious faces for the first time at 1:30 in the morning. 60 HARD days of waiting to hear word, any word, of when we will travel to finally be united with our children. It seems like such a long time. I can barely remember a time before I knew who they were and what they looked like. I don' t even have to look at their pictures anymore. I have every square inch of the memorized. When I close my eyes at night the first thing I see is their little faces.

There is some kind of delay in Lang son for the people waiting to travel before us. I have only heard rumors why things have been delayed so I will not repeat them. I think about 8-10 families have to travel before it is our turn. I heard the last family traveled mid July. No travel for a month is not good for us, our babies or these other families. We had definitely thought mid to late August would be the latest we would travel. Definitely not so. Some of you might not know but we only get about about 5-7 days notice to travel. Think about having to arrange a trip like this with 5 days notice. It is insane. Welcome to the world of international adoption. The trip is 37 hours travel each way. I am not looking forward to 37 hours on airplanes with 2 little infants. I don't even want to think about that part of the trip. It looks like with the province of Lang son, where our children are from, the stay is usually a month. That is a really long time to be in Vietnam and away from our other children. We had hoped for a stay of 2 weeks but yet again welcome to the world of international adoption. What we want is totally irrelevant.

I have already made them an appointment at AI DuPont to see an International adoption specialist. Luckily I scheduled this for mid October thinking we would be home in September and have a little bit of time to adjust before the specialist. Looks like we will be lucky to have them here in time. This Doctor will run all kinds of tests and thoroughly check them over to make sure my regular pediatrician does not miss anything.

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