Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Bitter and the Sweet

So here is the sweet: First call yesterday (February 27th)

The bitter: Our referral is likely a month off (long story, not worth retelling)

Sophia, we will meet soon and we can't wait!


At 9:45 PM, Blogger Chris Ayers & Kelly Kline said...

Kat, don't be discouraged by some of the posts on China 33 -- it really is infuriating to have people tell you how you should feel. Our 2nd call came 18 long painful days after 1st call. I certainly hope that in your case USAA is just being super cautious in their projections. I felt so much better once I had that picture in my hands -- it made it real, and then I could focus on the journey. Whenever there is a delay like this, it triggers the pain of what we went through with 99. So much of the pain was the lack of support and understanding by the rest of the group! Solidarity. We stand with you! Kelly & Chris

At 3:28 PM, Blogger Babygirl's parents said...

Dear Kat and Colin,
We traveled with group 105 in September to bring home Norah. I remember waiting through the groups before us. I remember 99's struggle.
Then came May and we all *knew* 105 would get referrals in June... by mid month at the latest and we'd travel in July.....
That didn't happen. We didn't get first call until July 19th. There was so much speculation about delayed documents and missing reports and papers being held by China or USAA. Lots of people were supportive about how anguishing the "missing month" was and many people spoke of letting go and trusting. My emotions were all over the place and at times if I was told to "trust in Norman" one more time I felt like I'd scream. All that was kind of hard to hear from folks who were sitting at home with their babies in hand.

I haven't been on China 33's board in a while so I'm not sure what the conversations entail. I just remember how long the wait seemed between when we thought we'd get our calls and when we did. We finally got 1st call on July 19th and after 11 days got 2nd call. We met Norah on September 5th.
When the 2nd call comes and you have her picture in your hands... then time will do some really weird things. Those weeks before you leave are really tough because you just want to go get her... and you have so many things to get done before you leave!

I can't wait to see her picture and then see you all as a family.
Hang in there. I know this part is hard.


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