Congratulations Bridget!!! That's such wonderful news!!
I talked to Thoa today as well, and she said that we do no officially have 1st Approval yet, but that she had communicated w/ HSF and learned that our file is in process with the Thai social worker and that 1st Approval would be expected soon (very likely within the next 7 days). She emphasized that both Holt Sahathai AS WELL AS the Thai gov't social worker are mutually working hard to get our daughter, and other matched children, home before the end of the year! I can't tell everyone how excited I was to hear that!
I feel bad, because I was having a horridly rotten attitude about things yesterday (to anyone who saw my snarky FB post yesterday, I apologize for being a Debbie Downer), It was such a blessing today to hear that people on all sides of this process really do care about the kids and the families, and are absolutely working to the best of their ability to try and get these sweet kids home asap. We have a "tentative" court date of December 1. Bridget, it would be neat to travel at the same time as you, but I do hope for your sake that you get the earlier date!
It's AWESOME that things are moving along in Bangkok! This should mean good things for everyone who's waiting at various stages. I'm happy for us all. Blessings!