Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Good news and bad news- Tuesday and Wednesday

It's been a stressful 24 hours.

The good news is we had Joey's consulate appointment yesterday and all went well. We weren't allowed to bring our phones, cameras or bags, just our passports and bodies! So I don't have any pictures of us from our appointment, but we were decked out in our USA gear. 

We were gone from our hotel several hours. There were many adoptive families there and we all took a number and waited. We had to go over paperwork and take an oath. It was loud, crowded and crazy in there; thankfully there was a play area for the kids that was our saving grace. We had plans for a nice restaurant after, but we were so hungry and exhausted that we caved to McDonalds, again. 

After some resting, homework and a swim, we had a lovely chinese dinner with our guide and group from our agency. The other 3 families from our agency are all repeat adopters and are all adopting boys, ages 4 and up!! Yay for older boys adoption!! There's such a huge need for that. 

After dinner, we were checking our itinerary to come home, thinking we'd be starting our journey home this morning, when Jeremy discovered that our main flight home was canceled. It was not a good moment. What ensued was HOURS of talking with our guide and travel agent and doing research to try to figure out another plan. We were determined to still get home on Thursday, but finally came to the realization that that was not possible without some real risk and expense. So we are leaving Friday instead of Thursday. To say we're disappointed is an understatement. We are so ready to be home. 

We miss our babies at home so much, I am daydreaming of their skin.  I feel so bad for them that we won't be home on time. They've been counting down for so long for us to come home. I know in the grand scheme of things it's only an extra day and I'm trying to focus on the positives.

One huge positive is that we got Joey's Visa this afternoon! Whoo-hoooo, he's allowed to come to the US with us!! 

Joey is really doing amazingly well. Like AMaZING. He's very easy- going most of the time and overall has handled all this time in our hotel room very well.

Today was spent making new travel arrangements, packing, and taking a swim. Our new plan is to take a van to Hong Kong tomorrow and fly home Friday. We'd appreciate some extra prayers for no more changes and safe travels home!

Can't wait to add our other 3 to complete our family of 7!!

Huge fish in a tank at the Chinese restaurant. I think Sam is going to be a fish lover like brother Sam.

Although his eating has slowed down some, he came right back after dinner and asked to eat peanut butter out of the container (with a fork because we're out of spoons).

Trying to teach him to play Memory...he made up his own rules for sure!

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