I hope you all had a blessed Easter – we certainly did!
A lot has happened since my last adoption-related post, most of it very good. Most recently, we received our travel approval on April 18th! It seemed like every thing was falling into place for Trevor to go to China in a week or two and bring home our boy… until yesterday.
Our agency called to say that because Trevor is not a US citizen, I must be present for our US consulate appointment in China. They somehow missed the fact that he is British, and we missed the fact that that was a problem, especially since it wasn’t an issue for Trevor completing Niko’s adoption without me.
They wondered if we could just switch – I go to China, and he stay home with the kids. After all, my visa is still good from our trip to get Lewis.
Well, we have a saying we use a lot in our home: “Play to your strengths”. Solo international travel is certainly not one of my strengths, but breastfeeding a baby is an unequivocal weakness of Trevor’s. Switching places is not going to be an option!
Our current plan is for Trevor to travel with Bea and Niko as planned, and for me and Verity to join them just for the last few days of the trip, including the consulate appointment.
In order to do this, Verity will need a passport very, very quickly. We plan to walk in to our local passport office on Tuesday (the first available appointment was Thursday, but we have been told they accept walk-ins) and ask them to expedite her passport and give it to us the same day. Then the week that Trevor goes ahead of us will give us time to get her visa. If this happens, our travel plans can remain unchanged.
Would you please pray with us that we find favor on Tuesday and that this can happen? I will try to come back and update when we know more. Maybe I’ll even tell you about his name when I do! I have left you hanging far too long on that front.