Remember that exciting e-mail we received while we were in Illinois- the one from our agency worker about waiving the application fee, etc. etc.?
Well, she said some other things in that email which will be very helpful and encouraging to us as a family during the long months waiting to travel to Taiwan.
See, waiting for an invitation from the Taiwanese government / orphanage to travel to pick up your child can be very lengthy. After we get approval to adopt, the court proceedings in Taiwan can last 6 to 8 months (and sometimes longer). So anything to make the process "seem" shorter is cool by me!
First-- our agency sends monthly care packages to the orphanage. This means not only will we save on the costly postage to Taiwan, but much more importantly, we can send photos, clothing, books, toys, whatever to our (hopefully) daughter every month! This will be a great way to connect with her and let her know we care, as well as giving her something to look forward to each month.
Second-- and even better...we will get to have monthly video conferences with her!!! With the help of a translator, we will get to talk to our (daughter) and see her face and hear her voice. Awesome! And she will get to see us and Noelle (and the kitties- she loves dogs, 'hope she will like cats...) and maybe some of the house, depending on how we set up the computer. I'm afraid I know little about how this tech-y stuff works. But anyhoo, the point is, we will get to have monthly meetings with our (hopefully) little girl! We will be able to tell her that we love her. Sigh. :)
(*From here on out I will referring to this little gal as "her", due to privacy issues.)