On Friday, I received a response card in the mail that put me a little over the halfway mark. Half of the money is due by the end of the month ($1,500) and it came in less than two weeks, I have one week to relax and not worry.
On Saturday I received my passport in the mail.
Both of the major pieces are in place! I have no doubt that the rest of the money will come in by the next deadline.
Who knew that so many people wanted to send me away so quickly? Maybe I should remind them that this is a round trip ticket. I'm coming back after two weeks. ;)