That would be my brain. It's like that old commercial, this is your brain... this is your brain on drugs with the egg in the frying pan analogy. Except it would say "this is your brain when you have an impending trip to Russia and you have a young child at home and you're not sure you're going to have enough money to complete the entire adoption without selling a body part and oh my dear God what are we doing and what if the new kid hates me and what if Jack ends up hating me...." Pretty snappy, huh? Yeah, I don't think it would make a very good commercial either.
Feb 6th seems so far away, but I know that it will sneak up all too quickly, just like Christmas. You know how it goes. In October you start thinking about how it'll be Christmas soon and oh boy, won't it be fun to decorate and put up the tree, but let's get through Halloween and Thanksgiving first. Then, like two days later, it's Christmas Eve and you're still licking the envelopes on your Christmas cards and wondering where the time went!
The next deadline looming is Fedex'ing the Visa application (with yet MORE money) to www.gotorussia.com and praying that they turn it around in less than 20 business days. We could pay $329 per visa for shorter turnaround, but we'll have 19 business processing days with the regular processing. That should be enough. Finances are tight this time, so we're trying to spend as wisely as possible.
In the meantime, we're going to try to NOT let our lives get consumed with the future and what's coming up. These are the last couple of months we have to enjoy Jackson alone and give him all the extra snuggling, nurturing and love we can before we turn his life upside-down. We'll leave you with a photo of Jack in his new "super suit" from Christmas. He keeps running around the house in it yelling "Any time, any place, Super Jack is on the case" (for those of you with small children, you'll recognize this is stolen from Tigger, Pooh and Darby - the Super Sleuths) Gosh, we love this little guy!
Christmas Letter 2017
6 months ago