Sooner than I am actually prepared for.
Don’t get me wrong… one part of me is ready to get on that plane… like yesterday. But the other part of me—the planner part—is still a little overwhelmed and shell-shocked. And wishing we had the 4-6 weeks lead time that some families get.
Our flights and hotel are booked. Our bags are being packed. (Note: It’s slightly absurd how much you need when traveling in winter with a child. If I wasn’t laughing, I’d be crying.) Our gifts have been purchased and/or made. (Well, one of them I am in a mad scramble to finish. Knitting the foster parents and social workers scarves was a wonderful idea when I still had months to wait…) Our sightseeing itinerary is loosely constructed. And some of the very important meetings are on the calendar. Things are getting checked off my list instead of being added at a frantic pace. This makes me very happy.
So what’s happening next?! Good question. Here’s how the next phase seems to be lining up for us…
This trip is solely for meeting our child, and going through the court process. Originally, we were planning to stay for the duration. Mr. Paintbrush had approval to work remotely from Seoul, and Mini and I were going to sightsee and absorb as much of the culture as we could. But then the call actually came. And we found ourselves with less than two weeks to plan one of the most important trips of our lives, during one of the busiest seasons of the year… and, well, hard decisions had to be made. So we will actually be making two trips—the court trip and the visa trip.