In 17 days, we will be boarding the airplane to take us back to our daughter's country to prepare to bring her home forever! Two years from when Ben's pickup trip was :) Those 17 days are going to fly by with the holidays and preparations still left to complete.
The pickup trip is now 12 days long vs the 5 days that it was last time. The US now requires them to have TB tests done, but before that can be given, the passport has been be applied for and received. Then the TB test results have to come back before the visa can be completed, etc...
I am hoping to use this time in country to really get to know our daughter well, to begin to teach her to trust us and to start learning how to communicate, feed and meet her needs. We will be helping her through grieving leaving all she knows. I think she will grieve much more than Ben did just due to the type of home and relationships there that she has. She is as much a stranger to us as we are to her and it's going to be a huge adjustment. I'm hopeful all we learned through our experience bringing Ben home will be helpful.
We will be staying in an apartment this time to allow us more room to move about and give us the ability to cook our own meals, thus saving money hopefully. I don't anticipate the weather being very cooperative so being close to grocery shopping and having bigger accommodations will work much better for the days we have to kill time and are stuck inside.
During Skype this morning, Esther's face just lit right up when she saw her baby sister. I can not wait to get them together again, especially now that Ruth is big enough to play. I think Ruth is going to be a huge help with us connecting with her and helping to teach Esther new things.