I am officially the holder of a Colombian Adoption Visa. I took yesterday off from work (the first day I've taken off since March when I did my adoption training) and spent the day in the city.
I stopped at the Secretary of State's Office to get some things apostilled for travel and for the visa. They didn't like a couple of the notarizations so I made a quick trip down to the bank to get them fixed. (Since I had to do this last time I went, I knew it wasn't a big deal and didn't panic this time.) The woman that looked at the papers at the bank insisted that I had to have a Spanish speaking notary since the documents were in Spanish. (I still think she was wrong.) Fortunately, it didn't take them long to find one and I was done with the whole process pretty quickly.
I got to check out the German Christmas Market downtown before heading to the Colombian Consulate to get my visa. I didn't really know what to expect but it was all a lot less complicated and dramatic than I thought it would be. The website clearly listed what paperwork they wanted so I was able to hand it all in and answer a few questions. I waited about 15 minutes and I now have a visa glued into my passport. (I've always wanted something important looking in my passport.)
I also have plane tickets purchased for myself, Sara, and my mom. I had been working with an adoption travel agency but it was taking forever and I was getting impatient. There were a lot of little details to work out and it was not going well by email. I need a round trip ticket that can be changed. Sara needs a one way ticket. My mom is going from a different city and only staying a week. None of us wanted to fly over night. We preferred to layover in Atlanta. I finally just called Delta myself. It took several hours over the phone and a trip to Midway but all three of us have tickets and we got a great deal. There is something about plane tickets that just make things seem final!
I have found a friend that has the ability to record Skype calls. I'm just waiting to hear when it will be scheduled. I'm really hoping it happens this week so we can record it. Warning: If it is recorded, anyone who comes into personal contact with me in the next month will most likely be forced to watch it. I have heard that another family has had their call scheduled for the 18th. I'm hoping and praying that Sara and I can talk that day as well.
I am so excited that it is now under a month until I get to meet my little girl. I feel like I can finally start counting down the days. 30.....