We mailed our I797 (the last piece left for our dossier) to NY on Friday of last week. It arrived on Saturday, but the consulate was closed on Monday. I paid the extra fee to get next day sealing instead of 5 days and also express mail for the return, so I was expecting it back on Thursday. Nothing. Friday? Nothing. Friday evening I got a call that it would arrive on Saturday. Today.
The post man didn't deliver it in the morning to our door, like he did the last time, so I was a little frustrated. I went out to check the mailbox this afternoon and saw the express mail envelope stuffed in our (rather tiny) mailbox. Frustrated that the mailman didn't bring it to the door, I was still excited that it was finally here.
Carefully, I went to pull the fabulous, here's-how-you-open-these-envelopes strings and it happened. The entire mailer tore. Sure enough, it tore the very paper I had been waiting for this whole week. I barely kept from crying (though I did later).
It wasn't until that moment that I realized how much this dossier process has been weighing on me. I have been collecting documents, following up with people who I have paid a small fortune for who don't do their jobs efficiently, and trying to stay on top of all the details of this paper chase since December. For almost seven months, I have had a portion of my life consumed by this never-ending paper chase and for a brief moment, the end was in sight. And then it disappeared.
As it looks now, I will have to redo the sealing process for this document. Which means dragging all three kiddos to the bank to have a new form notarized (fortunately, this one is notarized as a COPY and not the original!!), then pay to have it sent to Harrisburg for the Secretary of State to attach a letter saying that the notary is really a genuine notary. Then I have to mail it (or go to the NY Consulate) and pay for the Chinese Consulate to say that this Secretary of State was really the Secretary of State of PA when this document was processed. More expense? Yes. But probably more importantly, more time. More time until we get to bring our little girl home and more time until I can get this beast of a paper chase off my back. I could use some prayers on this because I am really discouraged/frustrated right now.