We are all set to leave tomorrow morning! Unfortunately, it will be on a plane to Los Angeles, not London. Contrary to what the British Embassy told me yesterday, they do not issue UK visas to adopted children from Vietnam, because the UK has no bilateral agreement with Vietnam. Of course, when they told me this at my appointment, I started crying, and explained why it was important for Emmett and I to get back. So the lady went and talked to her boss, and came back and said they WOULD issue him the visa, on compassionate grounds, but because it was outside of the rules, she couldn’t guarantee that when I went through immigration in London, that they would let Emmett in, and that if they didn’t it wouldn’t be their problem. When I asked her what we would do if that happened, she shrugged her shoulders and told me I’d probably have to fly that day to the states.
So. Emmett now has US and UK visas…Hunky and I went back and forth about this again and again after the appointment, and we both feel that I just cant risk getting denied to come into England, or have the UK government show up at my house sometime when Hunky’s still gone and tell me that we have to take Emmett to the US immediately. We’ll just do this the long, hard way, and hope and pray that Emmett is up to the flights.
So I have Emmett’s passport appointment scheduled on Friday at 11 in Los Angeles- and I will be begging and pleading with them to do it same day, as I will have made plane reservations to leave for London on Saturday.
I finally got to the Old Quarter today, and bought a stroller. It is of no help to me here, and we have 3 already in England, but I figured it was a small price to pay for being able to lay him down if he’s sleeping during our layover in Hong Kong. I tried it out this afternoon – needless to say, Emmett was not impressed. Umm, it might be more accurate to say that he hated it. But he’s hated a lot of things today…
I’m worried that he’s not feeling well – he had been eating pretty well for me the past few days, but today has been a struggle to get him to eat at most of his feedings. And this morning he had his worst fit ever – I promise he cried for 30 minutes straight – gut-wrenching cries that only stoppped when he was so exhausted that he fell asleep in the pouch. These episodes inevitably leave me in tears too – its hard to feel like I’m doing a good job as his mother when he’s like this – he’ll start to calm down, then look at me and get worked up all over again. So that was before breakfast, and he repeated it around 6 tonight too. he’s also slept alot during the day today, in the pouch while we’ve been out and about. I really hope he’s not getting sick – so not what he or I need for this airplane flight.
So lets see – here’s the prayer requests for today: for Emmett to be feeling better tomorrow, for him to do fine healthwise on the plane, for Hunky to be safe as he leaves for his deployment tomorrow, for O and Y as they move back into my friend S’s house until I get back.
I did just want to give a little shout out to God – He really has been with us for this journey, even when I’m feeling helpless and alone. He got us our approval before Hunky left, enabling us to get the IR-3 visa, and He’s expidited this in-country process every step of the way (I mean, I could have left last night, which would have put me at 8 days in Vietnam). Now I have no idea how I’m going to be able to handle everything when we do get home, but I have to trust that God will be with us then too, and somehow, someway, we’ll be okay.