I was hoping yesterday to hear that my LOI [letter of invitation] had arrived and I could start packing my bags and making flight arrangements. Alas, what I heard from the agency instead was that I should get the LOI in the next couple of weeks. Then add another week or two to arrange the visa and get flights, etc. So it's looking more like middle to end of February before I get to go. : (
I sent this to my friend Kathy:
I don’t know exactly how long I will be in Kaz. There’s a mandatory 14 day period where you visit your child every day at the orphanage, then there’s a wait for a court date – a few days or a week – then home. So the first trip will be about 16-25 days, approximately. After court there’s a waiting period of 2-4 weeks while the adoption is finalized and all the papers are prepared. I will come back here without him during that time, so I can work. Then I will go back and be there 4-7 days while I get him and we do the processing out through the embassy in Almaty. It’s a long process.
I don’t relish the long time away from Alesia and Mother. I dread it. On the other hand, I never have time to read, and my suitcase will be filled with books, since I will only be occupied a few hours each day. I am also hoping to get the revisions done on my manuscript of Adopting Alesia, my next book. The hotel where I will stay has a gym and a pool, so maybe I can finally get myself on a regular exercise schedule. It will be fun to see snow again, too – haven’t seen any of it in 2.5 years. So I try to focus on the positives.
My book is now on Amazon! I am excited. I hope sales will pick up. I also sent some books to Adoption Shoppe, and FRUA [Friends of Russian and Ukrainian Adoption] will list it on their website, which gets a lot of traffic. So things are happening, albeit too slow for me.
We are supposed to get a "wintry mix" tonight after midnight - likely sleet, not snow. It's not cold enough for snow. I just hope my road isn't a mess in the morning. Nobody in Atlanta will leave the house if there's any snow or ice on the roads. Those who do venture out will automatically wreck the car because they cannot drive in anything but rain. I like to turn on local news, snuggle into my chair with a cup of tea, and watch the exciting "Storm Watch" coverage - which will happen even if all we get is rain. LOL
Paul still hasn't fixed Alesia's computer, so she isn't getting any computerized tutoring this week. Mother is having her write essays every day, which is good. I just hate for her to lose tutoring time.
Don't wait, order Jack's New Family NOW! here's the link to the uwp website...