I’ll get right to it:
WE GOT OUR CLEARANCE THIS MORNING!!!
(Yes, I’m shouting. It’s shout-worthy, don’t you think?)
The glorious email arrived at 6:27am, with the subject line saying all we needed to know: “Cleared case.” I still had to read over it a few times, though, just to be sure of what I was reading.
I didn’t sleep a wink all night, the anticipation and anxiety preventing any true relaxation. And, while I could have taken something to help me sleep, I wanted to be alert early in the morning. Just in case.
Craig receives the emails from the Embassy, and when he got up at 6:00, there was nothing in his inbox. We didn’t expect to hear anything by then, really (that was only 1pm in Addis), and we had talked over the weekend about how we would have been happy to hear nothing from the Embassy today, because that would have meant that the interview had actually happened. (And lately it seems that the clearances weren’t coming on the same day as the interviews.) But, as we both stayed in bed, not quite wanting to get out from under the warm covers just yet, we heard the chime notifying us of a new email on Craig’s phone. He looked at it first and didn’t say anything at all; he just handed me the phone. I said, “Is it good or is it bad?” It was good. Very, very good.
We hope to leave this Friday or Saturday; we won’t know about our travel dates until tomorrow. Our agency has to schedule an appointment for us at the Embassy and arrange for our day trip to Woliso. So, if they are able to arrange those things, we’ll be back with our girl in just a few days.
Thinking of that gives me chills. And makes me smile, for sure.
Our daughter is coming home!