I can see the light at the end....
..of the journey to Esther, that is! Or at least the paperchase part! Today, we got in the mail our I-171h from INS which is our next to last document we need to be done. Also, we got my mom's birth certificate back from authentication at the U.S. Department of State in D.C. We got a kick out of seeing Condoleezza Rice's signature on the forms! Now, we are just waiting for my parent's background checks to come in. They had them done two months ago, but they needed to be signed by a police officer and be notarized, so they had to be redone. We were told they would expedite them.. so I'm keeping my fingers crossed we'll get them by next week at the latest!!!!
Since we got our new computers, I have been working on Emma's adoption video for the past few weeks. It's coming out pretty nice, there's just a few things I need to change/fix/add but for the most part it is complete. We have gosh, probably over 6 hours of video tape from China and I had such a hard time picking and choosing which clips I should us. Right now the video is almost 30 minutes long!! Certainly not how long I planned on it being.. but there was so much I couldn't leave out. Watching all of the video makes me so EAGER to get back to China for Esther!! I completed the Gotcha Moment part yesterday and let Emma see what she thought of it, since it is her movie! She was a little puzzled, but I pointed to her and aid "There's Na Na" (her orphanage nickname) and she pointed to herself. Then she saw how she was handed to Mommy, and of course kept pointing Mommy! I pointed to her nanny and said "ayi", but she called her Mommy too. It was so precious when she watched when she was handed to my mom, and she was crying so she asked me "why am I crying?" And I told her because she was scared, but that it was okay because Mommy, Daddy and Sera had come to get her and bring her home. I don't know if she understood it, but one day she will. She loved seeing the clips of her friends in the video. She kept pointing to them and smiling. :-) Hopefully the video will be done soon! This is my first attempt at any kind of video..so it has taken a bit longer than I thought, but so far I really like how it has come out. Oh I can't wait to start working on Esther's movie!!!!!