We received our provisional approval from the US government last week and have the hard copy in hand now! We are waiting a few days for our file to be transferred to another government office and then we will be completing a visa application for our son, and from there, our documents will go through several more steps being sent between government offices and we’ll receive travel approval! We are in the home stretch now are just so excited to meet Rowan.
We also have the exciting news that we will be able to facetime with Rowan this Thursday evening. Our agency and the orphanage where he is have given us permission to be in contact with one of his nannies, and she has been sending us a lot of great pictures and information on Rowan (through our Chinese tutor of course!). Pray for our Thursday “meeting” with Rowan. We’re a bit nervous, of course, and aren’t expecting much more than to just smile and wave, but we pray it will be a good step in preparing Rowan to join our family!
We’ve also received official updates from the orphanage, and want to share our absolute favorite picture so far of our son. In everything we are hearing about him and in literally every picture, he is smiling so big and is described as a cheerful little boy. You can’t help but smile when you see his face! Of course, we’re already biased, but he’s pretty much the cutest little guy around! I have told my friends to just consider me 36 weeks pregnant at this point…all I can think about is going to meet our son. But, of course, work continues here! And not just regular work…summer work. My prayer is that my longing to bring my child home would transfer into deep compassion for the children we work with here, to love them and serve them the way I want Rowan’s nannies to be caring for him!