After a weekend of packing and preparations, I received an e-mail Monday from our agency's China director about the status of our travel approval. Unfortunately, it was not good news. She said our agency's staff person in China had checked on our paperwork and reported to her that it could be another two weeks before it is mailed to us. Based on that new timeline, she told us she estimated we would not travel until after Thanksgiving -- possibly not until early December.
This was disheartening news, and not just because I wanted Peking Duck for Thanksgiving! Every day we are delayed means Rachel is a day older and has spent another day without her family.
We can't do anything about it at this point, though -- we just have to wait. Fortunately, that's a skill we've had plenty of opportunities to develop over the last two years. And we know that once we DO receive travel approval, things will move quickly.
I hope we're ready!