I feel like I should have something to say... but I am not sure I do. Ha! There's one for the record books.
Court is this week -- it will be a quick trip in and out, with hopefully no surprises. I am cautiously optimistic. I am trying to think positive! I am trying NOT to freak out and trying NOT to worry about anything. I am trying not to worry about any threatened work stoppages in the government that would close places like Embassy's. I am trying not to think about the Dateline special that was on tonight featuring the story of a Russian adoptee from Moscow. (I
snuck a few peeks at it, but I think it would be best if I watched LATER) I am trying NOT to think about the fact that my friend Tamara warned me that CDG Airport always looses luggage.
Am I ready? You bet! My court speech is written, has been for some time, and has been studied. I'll study more on the plane and in the hotel. I have been prepped - and thankfully, I have been through it once before, so it's not nearly as daunting feeling as it was two years ago.
Loose ends are almost 100% tied up at work. I am missing a big work week in Chicago this week with my team. Each one of the 3 trips I'll be making this time coordinates with a big work meeting or event. I swear I didn't plan it that way! I'll miss hanging out with my counterparts, but really am not too sad to have to miss the rest of it!
Mister Soup's room is almost done! Dressers arrive this week, and clothes are now neatly stowed in drawers instead of stacked in a tub and a box. Just waiting on some art for the walls... and that will be done soon enough. I can't wait to see his little face again this week. While it will be hard to turn around and leave again, this time it will be great to know that I'll be back
Lastly, congrats to the Overstreet's, a super cool family of now 6, that I had the benefit of "getting to know" during my first adoption. Their son, Blake, is from the same baby home in Artem (Vladivostok) that Tatiana lived in. They came home with Blake about a month after T and I came home. Oddly enough, we both started adoption #2 around the same time and our timings have been close this whole time. They returned to Vladivostok last month for court for their son and just finished the infamous 10 day wait. Congrats Overstreet Family of 6!!