We've been visiting Amelia every morning from 10-noon, then coming home. I make lunch, then we sit around watching TV or skyping family or whatever floats our boat. Tomorrow we're going to take a walk and check out our surroundings after lunch. It will be nice to just see what's around here.
We're still waiting on one paper to be signed before we can submit everything to the SDA for approval. It usually takes the SDA 5 business days to process this paperwork and issue an approval so we're praying hard they will complete it at least on time, if not early. That would truly be a miracle. Most likely our court date will have to be moved back, which is not good. Next Monday and Tuesday are a holiday, so the next available day would be Wednesday. Even if we took the overnight train Wed night, that puts us in Kiev Thursday, sign papers at embassy that day, the leave Friday. And that may be a challenge since it's the 4th of July weekend. Sigh. I know it will all work out in the end, but it's so exhausting to have everything so up in the air!
We're both going home for the 10 day waiting period. I initially was going to stay because it made more sense financially, but I realized a couple days ago the toll this adoption has taken on me emotionally. I really feel like I need to go home, regroup, and come back energized (with my MAMA!) to get Amelia for the long trip home. This will also allow me to schedule doctor's appointments, and get information from our school district about what will be best for her. Technically she should be in 1st grade all day next year, but I just can't see myself doing that to her. I really don't think she'll be ready. Not to mention we have no idea why she's delayed. It may be a mental challenge, orphanage delay, or a result of some trauma she's experienced. We just don't know.
I just can't hold back any longer...here's a sneak peak at our daughter!