The other day I got a text message from a fellow adoptive parent who is on almost the exact timeline we are. It just so happens they are adopting a little boy just a little bit (like weeks) older than Ethan from the same orphanage / city. Anyway, the text said that they had gotten an email from the NVC saying that their petition to adopt had been forwarded to the appropriate embassy / consulate. She told me that she'd gotten that email at 5:00 A.M. Well, this morning, my eyes popped open before the sun was up. I lay there for about two minutes, annoyed that I was awake. Then I rolled over to check the time. It was 5:01 and I had to laugh. My adoption-addled brain had apparently awoken me to check my email, and check I did. Nothing. I lay awake, checking my email every 10 minutes or so, until about 5:45 when I lost hope. I was positive that we would not be getting our email saying that we had been cabled, that our petition to adopt had been forwarded to the appropriate visa-issuing post. I gave up and went back to sleep. When I finally rolled out of bed at 8:30 (let me point out here that Aiden slept until 9:00 again! woot woot!), the first thing I did was check my phone for emails. Sure enough, at 5:57 we got the email. Hahaha! I guess there's something to the old adage, "A watched pot never boils."
Now for the $10 million question. When will we be traveling? We still really don't know. We have to get our Article 5, then we will finally be waiting on our TA, Travel Approval. A reasonable estimate seems to be two months or so to our CA, Consulate Appointment, but I'm waiting to hear from our agency so we can get a better grasp on possible departure dates. With our luck we will go right about the time school starts. Good grief! Realistically, we could leave around August 15. First day of in-service? August 16. God has a sense of humor...!!! :/ I will post more when we know more.