Well, we are now officially waiting for our TA (travel approval)! On Tuesday, December 18, our Article 5 was issued. I still don’t really know what the Article 5 is, but I do know that it puts us one step closer to Peter. It also means that our wait for the TA began on the 18th. As I said in the last post, the TA wait takes 2-4 weeks, and we are of course hoping for two. After that, we’ll be off in no time!
Finding myself so close to going to get Peter and so close to Christmas at the same time, I’m feeling a tad torn. I love Christmas. I love this season of preparation. I love everything that we do to get ready to celebrate Christ’s birth. But this year, my heart isn’t completely in it. I am loving the celebrating that we are doing, but at the same time, I find myself in China holding Peter. Being completely “here” is a bit of a struggle. And yet, how fitting that this time of preparing our hearts and home for Peter comes when it does. We are yearning for him as we wait and prepare. And I find myself longing for Christ more deeply now than I have before during this season of anticipation.
So I am doing my best to celebrate this time of waiting and festivity.
Our traditional family cookie day!
Merry, Merry Christmas!