China Southern (airline)worker: “hello, may I see Your visa?
Me: “um, what visa?”
Him (very kind): “The one you need to fly to China.”
Me: “Don’t think we do.”
I am pretty sure I have done 1,234 pages of paperwork to get us here and I DIDN’T GET US A VISA?????
So we call our most amazing adoption agency and she calmly and kindly says, “Catherine, you can’t do this without one. ” She doesn’t know at this point that we have already left and are at first layover. So she says ” maybe in a week we can get this all sorted out.”
Huh? A week!! But we are meeting Theodore this Monday!!
We found a game plan and the next thing you know Blake and I are in an uber car headed to the Chinese Consulate in LA to beg and plead for a visa to be issued today instead of in a week.
We had a fabulous helper, Janis, tell us by phone the ropes of what to do before we went in. She helps adoptive families with this sort of thing in LA.
We did exactly what she said. “Get a number to wait in line first thing. Then go down the hall and make copies of your passport. Send your flight reservation to a computer where it can be printed out. Make more passport photos. Fill out application. ”
Our number was called. I walked up and of course began sobbing about how our baby was in China and how we have to go get him and what a huge mistake I had made, etc. She told me “not possible today. Today Friday. ” After a long pause she asked me for a document that seemed impossible to attain and she said that when I found that document I could come back and show her.
This when I started leaning on this verse:
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 💙
A friend sent to me yesterday before we left.
I got out all of the verses so many of you have sent me and read them as we waited.
And it was DONE!
Visa in hand – we left along with the security guard who was closing shop for the day and praised God for another miracle in this adoption journey.
“I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”