Instead, just confirmation that our "Article 5" (see this post) was issued today, and we are now formally "patiently" waiting for our TA (Travel Approval). This is typically issued two to four weeks after Article 5, but there is a national holiday in China the first week of October so that may slow us down slightly. We're still praying for our TA on the early end of October with travel in late October / early November (typically two to four weeks after TA, dependant on when we can get our appointment with the US Consulate in Guangzhou). We received an e-mail confirmation from the US Consulate in Guangzhou today confirming that Article 5 was issued and this is how the e-mail ended:
"We look forward to meeting you and your new family member when you come to the Consulate for your visa appointment!"
An explanation point and everything! Us too, US Consulate, us too!!!! We cannot wait for you to meet this little one of ours.
This is one of the photos we got with an update in early August. I hadn't posted it before because well, I'm kind of in love with this girl, and I was kind of selfishly hoarding and studying this photo. You will notice the deep look of concentration as she studies her hand. After following Ashley's blog HERE and their journey to bringing their "Little One" home, I find it fascinating to see that their daughter's comfort mechanism was her sweet little hands. I have posted a link to Ashley's blog before, but this post and this post, from China, speak so eloquently to their daughter's comfort with her amazing hands. Ashley wonders if it's just a phase of her daughter discovering her hands or if it is from hours in a crib with no form of stimulation ... I wonder too ...
And, I really shouldn't do this, but it's my blog so I'm gonna ... and, I'm pretty sure that this is going to end up in a high school slide show ... and, I couldn't just leave you wondering about Jack's face painting, I figured you might want proof yourself. Crazy kid!