Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Waiting and waiting

I wish I had better news to report, but sadly, we are still awaiting approval to visit the orphanage.  We have two of three approvals.  We fully expected to have the third approval by now. So, we're pretty upset, frustrated and confused as to what's going on.  Tomorrow (Dec. 1) it was supposed to be a done deal.

We are in Ca Mau, which is about 30 miles from the Centre.  This morning we did a little shopping - bought some toys and milk to take to the orphanage and got Nick a birthday cake.

Mostly, I have been playing solitaire (at least 30 games), checking work emails and trying to pass the time until we get more information on what's going on.

Thankfully, there are other families here that we can sympathize with and try to keep each other's spirits up. 

I apologize for the downer post, but we would appreciate all of the prayers you can possibly muster up.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

We made it!

After 25 long hours, we are in Ho Chi Minh City, but head down to Southern Vietnam this afternoon.  Jet lag has reared its ugly head and Nick and I have goofy sleeping patterns right now, but I hope I kicked it last night.  Our flights were uneventful which is always good.  During our 4-hour layover in Beijing we met a very nice, but drunk 74-year old Korean man who just loved Nick and we spent about 30 minutes trying to communicate with him via his very limited English and our non-existant Korean. 

He was very proud of Nick (and gullible) when Nick told him that he was 40 years old, but that I was 25.

Landed in hot and muggy HCMC late Sunday night, but breezed through immigration and made a beeline for our shuttle to the hotel.

As soon as we got to our hotel, we had beers with the Cowleys and were/are still marveling at the fact that we're here.  Despite being with friends half-way around the world, Nick and I still feel like we're just on one of our trips like we'd do when we lived in Shanghai.  I have a feeling that may change today when we head down to Southern Vietnam.

We were pleasantly surprised that our hotel's satellite TV package contained our old favorite stations that we used to watch in China, made us feel right at home.  It's the little things...

We ventured out in downtown HCMC yesterday to a market where the vendors rivaled the pushy sales people of Shanghai.  After running through their gauntlets, I was able to get some awesome prices on a few trinkets and some darling traditional Vietnamese clothing for Nate.  Despite my lack of language skills here, the negotiating tactics that I learned in China didn't fail me.  I guess my hand gestures and head shaking of "too much" has international understanding.

We're still not sure what the next few days will bring.  We are still waiting on information, but pray that we will be with Nate on Thursday and that our G&R will be scheduled soon.

Regardless, later today, instead of 7,500 miles away we will be 30 miles from our darling little boy.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

And, we're off!

Overnighting in DC before heading overseas (DC-Beijing-Ho Chi Minh City) tomorrow.  I don't think it's really hit us yet that we're actually going, and it may not become real until we're sitting at the Centre with our little boy in our arms.   And, we probably still won't believe it until we're on the flight back to Indy with Nate.

We don't know when we will be able to come home, but are praying that our Giving and Receiving ceremony (when we will take custody of Nate) will be very soon.  As is typical with this entire journey, we have no clear direction on how things will move forward once we're there, which is a unnerving, but nothing new.

We can't visit the Center until Thurs. Dec. 1, so we have a day and a half in HCMC before heading South to Ca Mau.

Will write more from Vietnam (or maybe Beijing).