The two words we've been waiting for now for four months...medical clearance! Hudson has been released from physical therapy, and the ophthalmologist doesn't see any problem with us continuing Sami's eye patching treatment overseas with occasional visits to Beijing. So a few more waves of the bureaucratic wand and on our way we shall be! We're looking at a flight that leaves Christmas day and will arrive in China on December 27th. I know it might seem kind of heartless to travel on Christmas, but we figure the airports will be pretty vacant and ticket prices a bit lower then. But more importantly, we'll still be able to be a part of Kevin's family Christmas the weekend before and to share some Christmas fun with my parents as well.
This news, of course, comes with lots of mixed emotions. Excitement over finally going home. Home to our work, home to our community & friends, home to our apartment, home to the roots we've been working to plant for the past three years. Then there's the sadness over leaving this home. Away from family, away from friends, away from a life here that's become our new norm. I suppose it's just a part of the emotional dichotomy that embodies our life.
This news also brings a wave of busyness. Packing, shopping, unpacking, packing again to make it all fit, organizing, weighing, spreadsheet-ing...the joy of making the next three years of life fit in a small number of suitcases!
The hustle also creates a new sort of...um...let's call it "freedom" for the boys. For example, I left Sam in the kitchen for only 5 minutes while I was about 10 feet away going through some things. I came back to find him with the cabinet under the sink wide open, an open bottle of floor cleaner in his hands, and him muttering the word "Yummy!" Fear not, the kid is still alive. At another point during the day, I went to change what I thought was a dirty diaper. In reality, Son #1 had just deposited his chili lunch in Son #2's pants. Let's just pray that all of my children stay alive through this ordeal! And while you're at it, pray the same thing for me!