Fridays, however, seem to bring good news. Usually, it comes around 7pm on Fridays---just as the adoption agency in CA is closing up for the weekend.
Last night, I found out that Sara has an appointment at the Embassy on Monday. Her article 5 should be issued by Friday. This means I can book my ticket!!! (I love to travel and a trip never seems final until the flight has been booked!) Hopefully, I can do it while I'm still in NY for Thanksgiving so my mom and I can work out our flights together. I can also work out housing arrangements and get moving on all the other things I need to get done!
I also got a copy of Sara's visa picture. The email came with a disclaimer:
Please just know that each of these pictures that we get for the visa process comes out very sad. They force the children to have a straight face in the picture. Still, these sweet kids' visa pictures aren't half as bad as my personal passport photo.... oh gosh!
I'll admit, I was kind of surprised by the picture. I wasn't even sure it was the same child as the last picture that I had been given of her. I spent several minutes comparing her features and convincing myself it was the same person. (It's amazing what a smile can do!)
After studying the picture for quite a while, I've decided that I LOVE it. It shows that she can follow directions. She was told not to smile. She sure didn't! I also think it shows that she has some spunk. "You don't want me to smile? Fine. This is what you get!" My guess is that this is the face she makes when she doesn't get her way. It really isn't going to get her very far with this mom, though, because it makes me chuckle. I'm also convinced this is how she wakes up in the morning. (Another sign she was meant to be my daughter. That's pretty much how I wake up.)
It's the first little glimpse that I've gotten into her personality. (It's also very possible that I'm reading way too much into a picture!)
Oh, and yes. It appears that my Colombian daughter has either blond or red hair. She'll fit right in with her cousins.
This picture makes me happy but also makes my heart hurt. It makes me so anxious to get there and hold her in my arms. I want to squeeze her and tickle her and swing her around until I see that little face light up. So, while I can't go get her for a while, I will busy myself with travel arrangements and know that each day brings me closer to that precious face.