Friday, September 28, 2012

Good and Bad News

I have good and bad news. The good news is that our dossier has made it through the critical review at our agency and is currently in translation. The bad news is that, instead of being sent to China immediately after being translated, it will remain at our agency until at least October 7th. The reason is that next week is a public holiday in China and all government offices are shut down from October 1-7. It is frustrating to be at a stand still after months of racing around to gather all of our paperwork, but there is nothing we can do but wait and be glad our dossier made it through the review with no problems.

On Sunday, September 30th, the Chinese will celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival. The day is also known as the Moon Festival, as at that time of the year the moon is at its roundest. The Chinese associate the full moon with family reunion, so it is a time for families to be together. It is similar to Thanksgiving here in America. On Sunday, while most of the country is enjoying family gatherings and reunions, we will be thinking of the hundreds of thousands of orphans there who do not know, and may never know, the love of a family.

Of course we will be especially hoping that one little girl will be able to celebrate next year home with her family.

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