It has been a busy, busy week for adoption preparation.
First - We received an email saying that our coordinator has the adoption agreements in hand! That piece of paper that says that we have the guardian and the orphanage's permission to adopt Z has been signed and is in the United States! Our agency should have them today or tomorrow, will be doing a couple things on their end, and then overnighting the agreements to us. Once the agreements arrive, we rush to the bank to finish notarizing our dossier. Then we'll be making a day trip down to Olympia to start the authentication process. We are making progress!
Second - Our coordinator expects that she will have an update on Z any day now. She thought she would have it last week but it hadn't arrived when I checked with her on Friday. Our last update was from July last year so the information is old. I want to know how my future daughter is doing and pray that the agency in Taiwan included a photo with the update. She's growing up without us.
Third - We received an email on Sunday that requested that we put together a package to send to Z! The Taiwan agency said, "since Z is an older child, we want to start preparing her for adoption as soon as possible. Please send her a photo album, a video introducing yourselves, and a small gift." I am so excited!! I am nervous about the video, since I want to speak to Z a little bit in Chinese to show her I am learning her language. I had hoped that I would be able to complete more of my Chinese course before attempting to speak to her, but God's timing is best! I will trust that she will appreciate my humble early attempts at speaking Chinese, rather than it making her nervous that I still have a lot to learn.
Last night we went shopping, trying to find a photo album. We couldn't find anything at the mall, but we did buy a gift for Z. It's something we will either give her while in Taiwan or right after she comes home. We also bought her a disposable camera to send over now, so that she can take pictures with her friends. We'll get the photos developed as soon as we return home. Tonight we'll again try to find a photo album. I think we're going to visit a Hallmark store and see what they carry.
All of this is going on, plus we have an appointment tomorrow to speak with a financial planner and I have a parenting seminar on Friday. Busy, busy! If our adoption agreement arrives Thursday, I'll be skipping the seminar on Friday so that we can start our dossier authentication. But if it doesn't arrive until Friday or later, I'll be driving over to Seattle by myself, during rush hour for both directions. Eek! I'm going to be praying like crazy that God will protect this terrified driver as I attempt to learn more parenting techniques that will help our daughter overcome her childhood without a family.
It may be a crazy week, but I'm happy. I'm happy that we're making progress with the adoption. I'm happy that I might have an update on Z this week. And I'm nesting. If I deep clean our house, we'll be able to travel to Taiwan faster, right?