Happy Birthday, Dong and Yan!

Happy Birthday, Dong and Yan!
Are they making a wish?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu?

I am so frustrated. We have been holding our breath for 4 weeks now for our TA. Now the rumor has it that either 1) the director of the CCAA which issues the TAs is out for another week and nothing will get done (that is the "good" rumor). or 2) CCAA has completely stopped issuing TAs for a period of 30 days, and will consider restarting at that point depending on the Swine Flu epidemic.


I just want our kids.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Its getting real...

I've been a member of a web community which tracks referrals, letters of acceptance, travel authorizations...we celebrate together on line, we pound our collective heads at the frustrations inherent in the process, we commiserate with those who seem stuck in bureaucracy, and the good list owners publish a chart of where everyone is in the process. We moved 2 weeks ago from the "waiting for LOA" list with much fanfare to the bottom of the "waiting for the TA (travel authority) list" - and expected a 5 week wait. Yesterday, two weeks later, the China Center for adoption affairs issued TAs to almost everyone ahead of us on the list. We're now pretty close to the top. It is just barely conceiveable that we will receive TA next week. Of course it could be another three months...who knows. But probably in the next week or two.

I'm SOOOO not ready. I'm SOOOOOOO ready. I"m so conflicted!

I have a house to clean, beds to move, sheets to find, trinkets to pack up, clothing to unearth (its still winter here but 90 degrees in Chengdu...so gotta find the summer stuff buried in the garage). I have to choose cabinets and door hardware, clean the fridge out (yuck), and get the inn ready for the season. Get ready to move houses. We're out of town 4 days next week, 3 days the following...AARGH!!!!!!

All in God's good time.

Wow. Its happening

Friday, April 10, 2009


I think I am beginning to panic. I have a long list of stuff to do (that is no where near complete) . Our house wont be done by the time we return, and I havent even begun to address that. Work is suffering because frankly my attention is about 10,000 miles away. And I know I am absolutely positively crazy to be doing this.

On the other hand, spring is springing (back and forth into winter it seems) but there are crocuses and the day is sunny and the birds are singing and the roofers are roofing.

Message for Julia

Thanks for your post. Can you email me at innkeeper@sunsethillhouse.com? Your boy is adorable.