Friday, August 29, 2008

We're going to Vietnam!

Dear Sam,

Here we come! Mommy and Daddy are coming to get you in a little over a week. We can't wait to meet you!!!

I know I haven't posted here in a while, but we had quite a roller coaster of a summer waiting for our I-600A (U.S. immigration) approval. In the end, we ended up with more information about our son's birthfamily, which is a good thing. But the long wait, combined with the worry and anxiety caused by the bumps in the road, was more than I could handle some days. But on Day 78, we finally got approval from USCIS.

I thought I would learn via email. For weeks I have been sleeping with my computer right by my bed, checking it before I go to sleep and as soon as I wake up. But this morning at 6:38 a.m., our adoption coordinator called us with the news--we have to be in Vietnam by Sept 10 for our official court date to adopt Sam. (Sept. 10 is also Ed's mom's birthday.) The email had come at 2 in the morning.

We are hoping to see as much of the country as possible, so we're leaving a few days earlier than necessary and staying an extra day at the end. Believe it or not, we leave in one week! Yes, seven days. We have lots to do to get ready, but I'm happy to be rushing around. And our agency is helping us with so much. I have to say, they really have worked hard for us this whole time.

Our good news is bittersweet, though, as so many families in the Vietnam adoption community are getting bad news this week that their adoptions will not be completed. I pray that they persevere and find their children, wherever they are. We certainly didn't initially plan on a son from Vietnam. But now I just know that this little boy is meant to be ours. We also remember his birthmother today, as we have learned some of her story and it is sad. Some days we wish we could adopt her, too. But we are grateful to her for giving Sam life, and we hope to be parents she would be proud of.

Thank you to everyone we know (and many of you we do not) who have been praying and cheering for us. We plan to blog while in Vietnam and hope to be able to share pictures of our new family soon.

Love,
Mommy

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sam--You are going to love your mommy and daddy so much. And you will have the second best aunt in the world! I can't wait until you're finally HOME. Love, Auntie Amy

Heidi said...

Heidi, this is the most wonderful news!!! I'm just thrilled for you and Ed and I can't wait for you to finally meet your sweet Sam. Hooray! :D

Leslie & Shaune said...

congratulations!!! i'm so happy to read this.

Sarah and Jack said...

Heidi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so happy and excited for you.

Emilie said...

Oh, Heidi, what wonderful news! I am so excited for you! I'll be keeping tabs and can't wait to hear more.

Di said...

I am so glad that your prayers (and those of all your supporters) have been answered! My heart was a fluttering when I read about this over at your knitting site! I will get to work on a little blankie for Sam ASAP!!

Creative Genius? said...

Hi there (it's Alison from For the Love of Yarn)

I am crying I am SOOOOO happy for you! Please (if you would) send me your mailing address (to my email at alreillygator@yahoo.com) as I'd like to have a baby gift waiting for you when you get back. What size do you think Sam might be? And how old is he now?

I am so so so so happy for you (as is my husband who knows you from being our webmaster and putting up your pattern on the site). We pray you have a wonderful trip and I can't wait to "meet" Sam!!

All my love and blessings,
-Alison

LaLa said...

You already know how happy I am for you. Go get that baby!!!! I hope you have a wonderful trip, enjoy time with your son exploring Vietnam and get to shop a lot!


Thanks again for taking some goodies to my little one until we can go get him ourselves : )

Jena said...

Hi Heidi-
I have been following your blog for a long, long time. I am so happy for you!
Jena(Khai's mommy)

vi0linista said...

Dear Heidi and Ed:
I am so happy (beyond happy, rather) for the both of you. I checked your blog weekly to see if you had gotten the good news yet, and I was getting very impatient myself...but Sam is going to be among us very soon and I am so very happy...
I look forward to seeing pictures of you from Vietnam, and seeing you in Chicago when you come back. Felicidades!!! Maria and William

~Heather~ said...

I have chills as I'm reading your email. I'm so happy that is finally time for you to meet your SON!!! What a whirlwind it has been. Catalog every moment to share - each will be precious and stressful and wonderful and crazy and everything you could imagine. Congrats!!

Jenni said...

Wow - I found your blog and it looks like we are following your footsteps in a boy from Vietnam and a girl from China. I can't wait to read about your trip!

Kassie said...

Sam-give your Mommy and Daddy a huge hug and kiss from us! We are so glad to know that you are coming home and can't wait to meet you. Love Kassie, Dan, Maeve & Rowan

Katherine, aka katedrew94 said...

Congratulations!!!!!

Karey said...

Congrats and happy travels!!!

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Caroline Ansani said...

Ed and Heidi,
My family and I just finished looking at all the photos of Sam and have decided that he is about the cutest thing ever!! How in love you both must be with him. We are so thrilled to be able to read about the trip and go on this part of the journey with you. Thank you for sharing it with us. It is a real learning opportunity for me to share with my children. We will continue to check in and see the updates. Congratulations and God bless as you continue bringing Sam home.
Caroline, Ted, Paul, Christine and Teddy