Today, we were picked up to go eat lunch together. While there, we met ANOTHER new family who is here to adopt ... the Conleys from Florida. Conversations have turned from discussing our experience in Semey and the adoption to ... "Asher didn't sleep well last night," "Did Asher finally poo-poo?" ... "Try mixing oatmeal with the rice and banana cereal ... Noah loved it," "Hayden won't drink the apple juice mixed with water," ... and on and on and on. What did you do? Did you try this? How do I do that? Three sets of brand new parents trying to figure it all out as we go along! It's awesome!
NOW ... THE NEWS! Larissa came to pick us up from lunch and trying to hold back the grin ... she said, "I have some good news. Do you want to leave Semey on Saturday or Sunday?" Joanie, Derick, and myself couldn't believe our ears!! Our jaws dropped and we were so excited, we thought we were going to jump out of our skin!! We never DREAMED we might leave that soon! It seems we may have the passport and visas for our children by the weekend! This is UNHEARD OF for it to happen so quickly!! Larissa said ... "Come on ... we need to take you by your apartments to get your money, your passports, your adoption cerficates and your baby's birth certificates. We are going to BUY YOUR TICKETS TO ALMATY!!!"
The three of us are ECSTATIC!!! We have tickets to fly to Almaty for this Sunday, the 18th! Early next week in Almaty, we will take our children to get the medical exam and then we have to get cleared through the US Embassy. As soon as that is done, we can get our tickets back to the USA! We may leave as soon as Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving! Could we be home by Thanksgiving? It's possible since we gain 11 hours coming home!
"Mama ... is it NOT enough that you help me find my son ... are you NOW just trying to add an EXCLAMATION POINT ?