Monday, November 17, 2008

Leaving for Southeast Asia on Dec. 14th.


Hello family and friends.

Yahoo !!!! All the visa stuff is done !!! Our I-600 (petition to classify orphan as immediate relative) was approved on Oct. 24 then sent on to the National Visa Center in New Hampshire. They "logged" us in and forwarded our file to the Embassy in Manila where they immediately, it seems, scheduled Reni for his medical exam which took place on November 13. On Nov. 20 a "caregiver" will sit for the formal "interview" then all the papaerwork will be completed within 5 days of that. Roland and I leave St. Louis on Sunday evening, Dec. 14, to fly to LA where we will stay the night. Then on Monday morning we leave for Tokyo, then on to Manila. We arrive in Manila on Tuesday evening around 10:00 pm, if all goes well. Manila is now 14 hours ahead of us here in St. Louis. We will meet Reni on Wednesday I presume. Most likely we will take custody of him on that first day....thank God for adrenaline !! Will post more later. It's going to be a great Christmas!!