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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Red thread thoughts delivered in a red folder

When I got home from work today, Scott showed me that we had received an envelope from our adoption agency. It had been Fed-Ex'd to us. Inside was a big red folder that contains information of "what to expect with the referral" that we are hoping to get next month. NEXT MONTH!
It has all the papers that we can fill-out in advance of going to China, information of what to expect while in China, where we will meet with other traveling families, and expected amounts of money to take to China for the various fees. The first page of the folder includes a note from the agency director;
"You will soon be hearing from us that the time has come for you to come in and see the information about YOUR child. You will be called, as soon as we have the available information, to come see the documents sent for you from the Chinese government. We hope you can come that same day or early the next day."
This made it so real for us! For all the frustration I've had through this process, I now want to kiss the hand of the person that photocopied that letter and placed it into the perfectly thick, red folder. As I read through the rest of the bulk, there were details about fees for this.... and costs for that. It's the first time I can recall actually feeling happy and ready to throw money at someone. It's going to be a tight budget, no doubt....but we are going to China to get our daughter soon. This is so surreal. And the best part of this journey thus far, is to see Scott's eyes light up at the mention of his daughter.


At 11:03 PM, Blogger Donna said...

You have the best graphics! Where to you find this stuff!?



At 7:36 AM, Blogger Bonnie, Clyde, Bubba Jr. & Charleigh-Jo said...


Isn't it wonderful to get something in writing from your agency?! I can't wait till you get your referral, seems like we've been waiting forever, huh!?

B from MSN

At 12:17 PM, Blogger happyandblue2 said...

That's great news. Like an early Christmas present..

At 11:51 AM, Blogger Kim said...

Wonderful news, Astra!!!

At 6:24 PM, Blogger MKBookWorks said...

Karen - thanks for your kind words about the kitties -- they are doing ok and enjoying the new menu... tuna with sides of tuna. I am fervently wishing that we are getting our referral soon.. (DTC 3/11 4/7 LID) and that your waiting will be much less tiresome and uncertain after this.... put your fairy gmother on overtime and I will chip in!!

At 7:41 PM, Anonymous Heather said...

I have my fingers crossed for your referral next month! I can't wait to get to that point!

Heather (from MSN group)
LID July 20, 2005 for Sydney (or Twins!)


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