Yippee! at last my article 5 is complete. It went in on February 5th and took 23 days to be completed! Why so long when the standard time is 14 days? Well, Chinese New Year fell during my time and everything shut down for a long time frame :(
Now it is a race against the clock for my TA. You see TAs take 3-4 weeks to receive and the actual travel takes place around 2 weeks after that. Again big bummer, if everything goes until the end of each time frame I will receive TA around March 28th and travel around April 11th. Well, guess what happens in April in Guangzhou China? The Trade Fair. It is a super huge event and brings in thousands of people from all over the world and essentially shuts or stalls down many things. It also triples the rate of hotels and airlines and such. Oh my. Most people in the adoption realm choose to hold off and wait until the Trade Fair is over to avoid the increase in cost and extra crowd. Unfortunately the Trade Fair is a 3 week event and will not be over until May 5th sigh.........
How can I make a decision to wait another 3 weeks to bring my beautiful little Blossom home? Now, I have done some research on this and have found out that many people have received TAs in a much shorter time than 3-4 weeks. I see people are getting them in roughly 14 days and traveling two weeks after this. If this should work out for me then here is my time line. TA around April 11th and travel around April 25th. I like this time line a whole lot better. I would love it if everyone can pray and ask the Lord to allow this to happen if it is his will. It would sure be a blessing on our family and Blossom.
Well, what blog entry is complete without some new pictures of my little Blossom? I received these the other day and she just brightens my life and I am chomping at the bit to bring her home! Seems a group of people I do not know went on a mission trip and took this video and snapped a few pics of Blossom.
|Wearing the tiara that this family brought for Blossom. She loved it!|
|Final update picture of Blossom from my agency. Awe she lost another tooth without me.|
Here is the video that I was talking about. Click on the link and you will go to it on you tube.