Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The latest e-mail from our agency

Dear families in 2004 Group 9:

Thank you for your patience as we have been anxiously awaiting to hear from the US Consulate in Guangzhou about your travel plans. Today we received news from them …but not news that we were hoping for. They advised us that they are all booked up for the month of September. With the October Holiday (the entire first week of October all China offices will be closed and the US Consulate will be closed from the 3rd – 5th of October) they are also full up until the 11th of October too. Unfortunately we still do not have a confirmed date from them on when your appointment will be. They are working on this. This situation is very unusual and to complicate things more, trade fair in Guangzhou is from the 15th – 20th and the 25th – 30th of October as well. We had really hoped that you would be able to travel before this time and it would not be an issue for the group. However, this means that during these dates of trade fair, hotel rates swell to three times the normal rate. Thus, if you are traveling in Guangzhou during this time, we will be looking into alternative hotels for you as the White Swan Hotel will be extremely expensive and availability also very limited.

For now, we continue to wait to hear about a confirmed date for you but we know that you will not be traveling until sometime in October. We hope and pray that the US Consulate will advise us of your confirmed date very soon and feel very sorry for this unfortunate set of circumstances. We know that the wait has been difficult and would like for you to all be able to go as soon as possible.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We encourage you to hang in there and pray that they give us a confirmed date shortly.

China Adoption Team

Okay, peeps. Please pray that we would be able to get an appointment on the 12th or 13th. We obviously don't want to go later than that. And, given that the consulate appointment is our "last stop," it would be great to get out of there before the trade fair starts.

I am so........ disappointed? I don't know what the word is for it. Whatever it is, I'm that, only a whole lot.

No dumb advice please. I am just so sad that we will have to wait so long to be with Bao.



Blogger yomama said...

i will pray for faith and perspective!


Wed Sep 07, 11:38:00 PM  

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