So now that I've had some sleep and a shower and made 18 phone calls -- things are calming down a bit. All our flights are now booked and we'll hopefully have our itinerary tomorrow or the next day from our agency. I have a list of about 20 things to do before we leave and I have completed 5 of them. We are also just about packed -- I did this on Sunday. There are just a few more things to add to the suitcase. It's a huge relief to be almost completely packed.
As for the crazy year -- one year ago today we had zero kids. Exactly one year later we have 2 toddlers. Now that is crazy! Friday, Cassie will be 22-months old -- it's also the one year anniversary of getting 'the call' about Cassie. We got the call the day Cassie turned 10-months old and first held her when she was 13-months and 10 days old. It's hard to believe now that she hasn't always been a part of our lives. We waited almost 4 years for Cassie to come home to us and she was so worth the wait. As for little Chloe, we got the call about Chloe on August 5th - just before midnight. Now we'll get to hold Chloe for the first time on February 1st -- she'll be 19-months and 12 days old. Chloe's complete adoption will have taken us less than 6-months from start to finish. That's truly amazing considering that time included all the paperwork, putting our dossier together, the reviews, and all the approvals.
We are so very blessed to have been given two amazing daughters that will get to grow up together who would have otherwise likely have never met. Now, they get to be the best of buddies. I pray they will bond while we are in China and that they will quickly learn that they are true sisters and that we are their forever-and-ever parents.
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