Merry Christmas little one

Mr. Tinkles Poopsalot is learning Mandarin with us. So far he is picking up the tonal aspects much better than the rest of us. We’ve learned that the same word is used for mom & horse…which my boys think is hilarious. I, on the other hand, have a fear that I will meet my little one and call myself a horse instead of mom.
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Found a new book on Amazon. It has been a great springboard for discussion with the boys about the struggles their newest sibling might face. China is a big topic in our home right now. The older boys are so excited to go with us when we finally get to travel.
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I’ve reached a level of craziness that I didn’t know existed for me. Everything and everyone somehow reminds me of China and my child. My friends told me not to post the next photo because it would reveal my insanity, but oh well. You know how some people see images of the Virgin Mary in a piece of toast and then sell it on ebay for thousands? Well, I see China everywhere….I even see Chinese characters in burnt cheese on my cookie sheet….and take a picture of it because it is so amazing to me.

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Granted, I am sure that is not actually a Chinese character, but doesn’t it remind you of one. Burnt cheese. I’m losing my mind.

We’ve been waiting since early October for an I800A approval. China requires that we have approval from the US that the child we adopt will become a US citizen. The I800A is the first part of that US approval. We have all the documents we’ve been gathering since June complied in what is called our “dossier”. Our dossier must first be sent to our agency for US seals before it can be sent to China. We’ve been waiting and waiting for word that we got our I800A approval…it is the last item we need to send off our dossier.

Last week we had reached 60 days of waiting (last year it was averaging 35 days). I emailed and was told we had not been assigned an officer (this is who gives or denies the approval) and to email again in two weeks.

Well, I am a rule follower sometimes. I didn’t email this week, but on Tuesday I called. I was told we had been assigned an officer and to call again on Thursday afternoon.

Thursday 12:01pm – I decided it was technically the afternoon, so I called. “Case still pending check back as often as you’d like”.

Thursday 4:50pm – Checked again before the office closed…..”Your case was approved today.”

After 65 days of waiting, we got our approval!!! As long as all goes normal with the mail the actual approval should arrive in a few days and we’ll get to mail our dossier off before the end of the year. That will be a really good day. 5 months ago I had no idea what an I800A was…now I will remember it as one of the best Christmas gifts ever.

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It is Christmas Eve and my heart is so full. Our stockings are hung. The tree is shining bright. All feels as it should be, but in a way it doesn’t. There is an overwhelming sense that someone is missing. In the past, I’ve been pregnant on Christmas. Though my little ones were hidden from everyone else, I could feel the kicks…know his or her presence. It never felt like someone was missing. This year it does.
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I was left a comment the other day with this link to the song Merry Christmas by Third Day….

There’s a little girl trembling on a cold December morn

Crying for her momma’s arms at an orphanage just outside a little China town

There the forgotten are

But half a world away I hang the stockings by the fire

And dream about the day when I can finally call you mine

It’s Christmas time again but you’re not home

Your family is here and yet you’re somewhere else alone

And so tonight I pray that God will come and hold you in His arms

And tell you from my heart I wish you a Merry Christmas
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Merry Christmas my little one.

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