Mark and I took Meeka Hope to the adoption medical clinic. Its a requirement before getting the US Visa. She had to see 4 diff "doctors". Ran into a couple that were adopting that recognized Mark. Felt a bit weird. Feel fairly "Crowns removed" on this side of the world.
Hope did ok at the clinic, however, she closed up. She kinda reminds me of a Morning Glory flower. "Institution environments" make her close up like the heat of the sun does the flower. She gets real quiet, stays real close, still, sad, and pitiful. They checked her over and then gave her a TB skin test(not fun).
After about an hour back with her family she opens back up, just like the flower. She's smiling, scrunching up her nose, laughing, trying to make us laugh, feels safe, starts running around.
Hope had to return to the clinic for them to check results of the TB skin test they had given her. All was well and we were finished and out in less than 5mins. Thank you to those that prayed about that! After that, we shopped for a while (Mark says too long). He spent his time waiting in the air-conditioned Starbucks next door.
This was the day for the long awaited and prayed for "Embassy Appt". And we weren't even invited. Go figure. Our agency hosts went to the appointment for us. We just waited and prayed that all the t's had been crossed and all the i's dotted correctly. A couple of minor crisis' were averted and with little ado it was over and we were headed for a visit to a Folklore Museum. It was in a beautiful Family Temple still standing from the last dynasty. Very interesting. But all I could keep thinking was that I felt like I was walking in a Jet Li movie. Pretty cool.
Meeka Hope got to practice her "step skills" because there were Lots o steps! Realized that she's probably never had the opportunity since her rooms that she lived in were all close to each other and mostly on the same floor. Glad for the practice since we have a "Lots o steps" in our house, too.
Hope is less jealous of the girls now and likes to play with them again. My big kids have been real troopers. God had definitely prepared their hearts. I'm amazed with how well they've handled Hope and all of the adjustments so far.
Today was Meeka Hope's first trip to the zoo. She oo'ed and ah'ed a lot and pointed and smiled and laughed. She was definitely impressed. I'm just glad the Tiger growling I'd been doing all week finally paid off.
Found a real NY Pizza joint for lunch. I felt like God was smiling down on us. (Danny's Pizzeria)
In the afternoon, we all went to the Embassy for the "swearing in". There were 30 other families there also. It was pretty painless. And also it felt like a perfect ending to such a monumental and hardworked-for event. Everyone (US and China) recognize that Hope is daughter and now the US says she can be a citizen also.
Our little Hope will officially be a US citizen when we land on US soil!! Yay! Can't wait! What an awesome privilege to be an American!
Today was packing and a trip to the huge park next door. Followed by nap for little one and swimming with Dad for the big ones. Finished off with Japanese Restaurant. And here I am.
All the bags are packed, lobby call is 7am and we are going HOME!!! I can't tell you how much I can't wait to be home! (Wouldn't mind skipping the 3 flts and 19hrs of flying with a 2yr old.) Nevertheless, I'm ready to be home now.
Thank you for praying for us through this trip. I ask you to continue praying for our transitions that we have ahead.