Our Article 5 has been picked up from the Consulate and has been dropped off with the CCCW@.
Which probably sounds incredibly confusing, if not totally boring, to any non-adoption folks.
But to us? It’s spectacular news.
The Article 5 letter is issued by the Consulate after all the necessary paperwork has been received and reviewed. This process usually takes two weeks from the time the Consulate receives the cabled information from the NVC, and ours was issued right on schedule.
So as of today, we are one big step closer to bringing Tallula Mae home.
Next up is our Travel Approval, which is issued by the CCCW@ and is a bit less predictable than the Article 5 – but I am guessing 2 to 3 weeks. And then travel will be anytime after that.
Which means, I could be in China in less than a month.
We have had so many bumps and hiccups in this journey, it just seemed to be one delay after another. But finally, it seems that things are moving forward.
Have not even begun to think about packing. Or prescriptions. Or meals for the kids while I’m gone. Or what to bring for Tallula. Or even who will go to China with me, if anyone.
Guess I’d better get workin’ on that.