Family Friday: Article 5

We have finally reached the last step of our adoption journey before receiving the go ahead to book our trip!

Last Friday with the leaves all aglow we received our Article 5 letter. I know most of you are like, “Article 5, what’s that?” Let me just tell you, I am right there with you.  I have looked it up and asked what it is several times but every time I get bombarded with a whole lot of information.  It has something to do with the U.S. consulate receiving notice that we have I 800 approval.  Thankfully this step only took a few weeks and required very little work on our part.
Now we are on the final step of our adoption wait and are waiting for our High Court Order from Hong Kong.  Once we receive it we will be able to book our trip.  This wait is running around eight to ten weeks right now. Which would put us receiving approval around mid January and possible travel around the end of January or beginning of February.  I can hardly believe we are so close!  Originally we had hoped to bring Esther home before Christmas but now we are glad it will be after the new year.  It could have been very confusing for her to come home to a house all decorated for the holidays only to see all the pretty decorations disappear a few days after coming home. Even without all the decorations it is a really busy time of year and looks unlike life the rest of the time.  Please continue to keep Esther in your prayers.  Becoming part of our family is going to be a major life change for her.
We were blessed to receive new video of her last week and updated pictures and a health report of her this week. She is absolutely adorable and lets her personality shine. It is so sweet to hear her soft Cantonese voice as she interacts with her caretakers.
Her caregivers will begin preparing her in the coming weeks for her new family and the transition that will follow. This will be huge for an almost three year old to deal with. She will be leaving many caregivers behind that she loves dearly and considers family as well as all her friends who are like siblings to her. This is the only family she has ever known but we hope she will grow to love our family and look forward to having her here in Birmingham with us!

P.S. There are just a few hours left to enter the Lilla and Rose giveaway. The winner will be announced tomorrow.

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