Scary few days...
Apparently there are families in Vietnam right now that are having difficulty finalizing their adoptions. US immigration is changing policies and there is an effort over in Vietnam to investigate certain orphanages/provinces to ensure that adoptable children were really 'orphaned' in a safe, legal way.
All well intentioned policies, but creating quite a headache for us and many other families -- some of which are already over there. Its a long story, but essentially we would still have the ceremony as planned, and be given the baby. At that point, Vietnam would recognize the adoption, but the U.S. would not, so we wouldn't be able to secure the Visa necessary to get her home. Of course, this could be specific to another province, it could be a problem with the individual families or children involved, or any number of things... so there's a chance that everything just sails along as planned. But we don't really know.
Although there is a risk that we could come home without her (temporarily), or that we'd have to 'live' over there for an extended period of time, we are still planning to go over there and just hope for a smooth adoption.
It could be the stupidest thing either of us have ever done, but we both think its worth taking this risk for her. Obviously, things are a little stressful as we get ready. Its a little dissapointing not being able to fully commit to the excitement, I'm pretty sure that will fade once we have her.
We'll do our best to keep everyone apprised through this blog while we are over there. If you are religious, or are considering dabbling in Godliness, now's the time we need everyone praying and wishing for a smooth adoption.
Thanks again to everyone... leave tomorrow night for what promises to be an interesting, exciting and stressful journey. Talk to you soon.