Happy Twenty Ten, everyone! As of late this afternoon, still no word on Travel Approval. Tomorrow marks five weeks since we received the referral on Ella Man Li. The customary window from referral to travel is two to eight weeks. So, even though it seems like an eternity, we are still between those bookends.
Since our last post, it has been nothing short of pandemonium. And it has been a fabulous flurry, for sure! We have enjoyed two Ella-Brations with family and friends. Both times, I found myself looking at the sea of faces and being overcome with joy and love and tears. And I'm not exaggerating when I write sea. Ella's army is bigger and stronger than ever. And there was food and more food for her army...
And then a week later, our church family threw a fantastic celebration for us after the worship service. We were humbled and loved and euphoric all over again.
The laundry duties and house prep have not subsided. We have enough clothes to support costume changes every hour for the next two years of her life. Closets and cupboards are re-arranged for the onslaught of toys and diapers; bottles and sippy cups; baby food and formula. We are practicing our Mandarin words to help us in our travels, yet still stumped by the complexities of this language!
We expect travel news very soon - check back in.
~The Happy Parents