Hello! We're as official as we can be until we land on US soil. Once we hand off the mysterious brown envelope, which we aren't allowed to open, to the immigration officials at the Chicago airport. Then Elli will be a citizen of the United States.
We went to the consulate and had our swearing in ceremony yesterday with several other families from different adoption agencies. The couples traveling with us said that when they came for their first adoptions the room was packed with no place to sit. Adoptions are down considerably since the new rules went into place. Still, it was exciting to see all these children being brought into real families. It was an emotional time. After more than 14 months of paperwork, waiting and praying it came down to 'raise your right hand.' We celebrated by going out to supper with the other two families.
We did a little packing yesterday and will finish up today. The bellboy will pick up our luggage at 6 am tomorrow and we will head to the airport at 7 am. It will be a LONG day.
It was fifteen months ago today that we decided to adopt. Who would have known, besides our Heavenly Father, that Elli Chun Willoughby would be the one. What a blessing the Lord has given us! Love and a big thanks to all!!!
Virgil, Cindy, Emily & Elli