Hey, these are important parts of our adoption journey!! Between speaking with one lady at church yesterday and another in town today, I think we have the child-care aspect of our trip covered. The lady at church uses the same virtual school for her boys and has agreed to let James stay with her family for a week so he can continue his schooling. The other lady is a foster mom and a developmental tech and a friend of the family--she will do great with our other kids. It is such a relief to know our children will be in good hands.
And today I actually got out a suitcase and put a few things into it: warm things (thermals, gloves, hand/foot warmers, wool socks) and toys (baby doll, bottles, Polly Pockets, Magnadoodle) to play with during our visits with Abby.
I'm nervous about these visits. It's hard enough trying to build a relationship with a complete stranger-- but when that stranger is 9, speaks another language and you are on HER turf and very possibly being observed during every rather long visit for 5 days --yep, I'm nervous. I well remember the difficulties of visiting with Caleb and Steven. I am expecting it to be even harder with Abby because of her age. One thing that MIGHT be in our favor -- she might have a longer attention span and may be able to do more complex activities. It's harder than one might think to keep a child entertained for a prolonged period of time when communication is so limited and when she probably doesn't really know HOW to play with toys.