Praying for Ansley

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Coming to America

Finally, I have GOOD NEWS to post!! I decided NOT post on Monday as I had nothing good to say, at all!! Suffice it to say, the Embassy did NOT have what it needed come Monday and basically sent me packing saying, "Well, go fix it". They were useless and of no help to me - aren't Embassy's supposed to be HELPFUL and not the ones causing the stress?? Believe me, if I had ANY control of it, or any knowledge of how to fix it, it would have already been done. It took some doing on the parts of many back in the US on my behalf. My sister, Regan even had to call the Congressman to get their assistance with this ludacris problem. In the end, it has all paid off!! The Embassy had what they needed today, and I now have what I NEED to bring Maia to America!
The next best news of the day is that there were (are) seats on TONIGHT'S flight out of Almaty. Therefore, we are leaving in about 10 hours or so!! WOW!! If this all goes as it is now planned, it will be an incredible day for our history books! It's just such a blessing to have Maia's paperwork to now enter the US. The 'funny' thing that happened with the flights, however was that they booked us to DAlles, not DUlles. Luckily, I noticed this and got them to re-book us to Virginia and not Texas... Texas is closer than Kazakhstan, but not close enough! I was stuck in DAlles last year, and frankly, don't want to be there again either. Thank goodness I caught this problem before we got to Frankfurt.
We are doing well - substantially better now, I must admit. We had a bad day yesterday and just couldn't believe how dumb the 'problem' was that was keeping us here. I expected issues with the Eastern European style government of Kazakhstan (and didn't have a single problem), but when your own government is the one with the problem and they blame you and your agency, who have NOTHING to do with it, and don't try to help at all, that's when things seem totally out of whack. That's when I got mad. (Which doesn't help anything but there wasn't much else to do.) Anyway, a very dissappointing end to a process that had been smooth, and it's only the US Agencies that I have to 'blame'. It's really quite sad.
Anyway - we are thrilled to be coming home. Maia is doing so well and she gets to meet her big brother and her grandpa tomorrow!! We can't wait! I'm not sure how long she'll be 'good' on the flights. She is SO active these days that keeping her in a seat will be quite a joke, but I guess it's only one more 'long' day and we'll be HOME. We'll make it... we can taste it!
We can also taste all those things we've missed... Top on my list right now... Starbucks. Probably hit the first one in the airport.

11 comments:

Noah and Josh's Mom said...

Yeah! I am so glad to hear everything is okay for you to come home to DUlles! Believe me, there is nothing appealing about DAlles to me either! :) Safe travels!

~Kim

Sandi said...

Yeah what great news. Safe travels and can't wait to hear about your homecoming.

sandi

Kim said...

Good grief is all I have to say! I guess everyone has paperwork issues on one end or the other of this process. Glad it is over and you are probably flying towards home now! Best wishes and thanks for sharing your story with us! Happy reunion!

Angela said...

YEA! Have a good trip! I am so glad everything got sorted out. You will be home before you know it.

Maia will be a U.S. citizen very soon.

P.S. I hope that you post about what it was the went wrong. As a PAP, I would love to know.

Trudi said...

Yipppppeeee - safe and speedy travels to DULLES! THAT would have been a fiasco! Thank goodness you averted that one.

Jennifer M said...

Hope you had a great trip! Can't wait to hear from you once you get all settled!

Much love!

Angie said...

Hope you guys have a great trip, and congrats on getting the last thing done and heading home!!! Thanks for letting us all have a peek at the process as you went through it. :)

Michelle, wife, mother, child of God. said...

Yeah so glad your coming home, what a journey you've been on. We will pray for safe travel and that Maia does well on the trip.

Tammy said...

Hopefully you are on your way home as type this and welcome back! Soon and very soon!!

Lanetta Gobble said...

wow... you're almost home..
praying the flight is great..
thanks for sharing insight into your journey...
our prayers are with you..

Lanetta

Cindy said...

I would have been happy to see you in TX. I can only imagine how that phone call to me would have went. So glad you caught the error! It sounds like you need to get a job with the office here that messed up. You could really help them out and help others too! Happy reunion!