Care Package #7

Posted On: Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Wow. 7 packages.  And (hoping, hoping hoping) only 1 to go.  I will send one more care package at the end of July/beginning of August. And then, if our prayers are answered how we’re hoping, we will meet our daughter at the end of August, about the time I would have been sending another package . 🙂  (And if we don’t travel in August…uhh…I’m not thinking about that.)

I almost forgot to post about this package.  I sent it off last Tuesday.  So here it is, package #7:

Care Package Contents

  • letter to Jiao Jiao
  • letter to the orphanage director
  • lots of fun family pictures
  • headbands
  • stickers (with markers) to color and share
  • Teddy Grahams
  • disposable camera
  • AND a letter and pictures for her little friend, Nicholas (Min Li)!
  • And now I digress a bit about her friend. We have seen Nicholas in multiple pictures with Jiao Jiao, the first time being at his birthday party. If you recall, one of my online adoption friends, Nancy, shared pictures of her son’s birthday and there was our daughter.  So it was really neat to be able to send pictures of Jiao Jiao’s birthday, with Nicholas sitting next to her.

    Nancy got her travel approval last week and will be traveling next week to China!  She wasn’t planning on sending another package since she’s traveling so soon, but since I was about to send one I offered to send something for her.  So she emailed a little letter and some pictures for Nicholas and I included them.  I’m so glad she let me do that!  Nancy told me that if she sees our daughter she’s going to give her a hug from us.  I told Jiao Jiao that Min Li’s (Nicholas) parents are coming soon, so she should be expecting to see them.  Exciting!!  We may get a first-hand report from Nancy in a couple weeks. 🙂

    And while I’m thinking of it, here is a quick update on the wait.  We still have just 2 steps to go, Article 5 and Travel Approval.  We are scheduled to receive A5 on the 22nd (9 days!) and TA should come 2-4 weeks after that.  The norm for TA seems to be about 3 weeks right now.  We really need it to come on or before August 16th.  August 16th is the very latest it could come and us still have a chance to leave on August 25th!  Yes, even if we get our TA in time, there is no guarantee we will be able to leave that quickly.  We will have to schedule our appointment with the Consulate in Guangzhou, and sometimes they’re all booked!  It’s nerve wracking, so I try not to think about all this too much. 🙂  Yeah right.  Who am I kidding.  It’s all I can think about!!!

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