Today I pulled out of the driveway at 5:30 am and headed to the Chinese Consulate in Chicago to have our last document authenticated. Did I mention that I hate driving in city traffic? But, you do what you have to and actually it was not too bad today. Dennis had to work today so he could not go along.
I arrived at the consulate around 8:45, took a number, like you do at the bakery, and waited my turn. I get up to the window when my number was called. Anyone who knows me well, knows I had the forms all filled out, checked them several times and was ready to go. I get to the window and the lady tells me I have the wrong form. I tell her I got it off of their website and she replies they have not used that form for four years. I wanted to pull out my cellphone and go to their website and show her but decided it was probably not worth it! I fill out the new form and get a receipt to pick up my document at 2:00 pm.
So, I head out to explore Chicago. The consulate is in downtown Chicago near the Magnificent Mile. I was in this area of Chicago last year for work and found it interesting but knew I would not be doing anything more than window shopping as it is a very expensive place to shop. I did end up buying a scarf because it was windy and my neck was cold. I stopped for a snack, did some more window shopping, grabbed a bite to eat and realized I still have several hours to kill but I was tired so I found a seat and read for a bit. Finally it was time to pick up my paper, find the nearest post office and head home. Exactly 12 hours from when I left I arrive safely home. I'm exhausted!
BUT - next week our last piece of our dossier will arrive at our agency and be sent to China. Lots of work but finally we're so close to receiving our provisional approval from China. Can't wait to hear we have our paperwork in the Chinese government's hands and then to get the notification that we are in their system. The final approval will take awhile but just knowing our daughter's file is locked for us will be a huge step.
So the question now is, what do we do while we wait? We've been so busy gathering documents, getting approvals and following up on things, that just waiting will seem very strange. If God has been teaching me anything in this it is about being patient and waiting. I guess I still have some homework in that area.