Saturday, January 31, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


This is less than a quarter of what we've been recommended to bring. I have no idea how we're going to stay under the luggage weight limit. Ok. Good break. More packing.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Oh my gosh. Today we found out that we will be getting our guy in less than 2 weeks. We are leaving in LESS than 2 weeks! This is crazy! We are freaking out! What VPN are we supposed to download?  What if we over pack??  What if we underpack??? Did I say we are freaking out? We are freaking out! But it's a good freak out. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

All we want for Christmas is him

Merry Christmas from us and this one. :D  We just received some updated photos of our little guy in his orphanage, and he looks like he's ready to get out of there! Also, did you know that you all have raised over $1500 for his great escape!?? ( That is an AMAZING present! I can't even believe it. We are hoping and praying that we get to storm the country and bust him out this January at the latest. Please hope and pray with us.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Cable Letter and Visa

So, I guess I was mistaken about our very next step being the Article 5 letter. Our *actual* next step was to get final approval from US immigration (I-800) for Daniel *specifically*, and not just "a child", and then receive our Cable Letter. The Cable Letter is needed for Daniel's Visa and is only sent to us when US Immigration (I-800) gives our final approval to the National Visa Center. Once processed, the NVC sends us their Cable Letter and this means that we basically have permission to start filling out the forms for Daniel's VISA and Green Card.

If this is confusing, don't worry. I am confused all the time with this process.

Last night I submitted his Visa information, which means that now we are waiting to submit/drop off our Article 5 letter to China (this is the 'a-ok, issue the actual visa', letter). So that's where we are today. 

Next steps are: 1) Article 5 sent to China, 2) Article 5 dropped off at the Chinese Consulate, 3) Article 5 picked up and couriered to the CCCWA (China's adoption center) 4) Wait for and receive Travel Approval from the CCCWA, 5) Wait for and receive Travel dates from the Consulate!!!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Maybe I should get his room ready.

We saw the picture of our little one in 2013, but there were hiccups with his file so it stretched out the beginning process and stuck us in what felt like the middle stage forever.  But now.... the homestretch is here!  Hooray!  We received our LOA, sent off our I-800 and are waiting on Art 5!  Homestretch!!  This is really going to happen!!  We are more done than not done!!

So this week I was thinking that I should probably start converting our old guest/storage room into a little boy's room.  Is that procrastination?  Should I have already done this?  There is an adorable stuffed Red-Panda in there on a file cabinet all ready to be loved on, and in the closet is a brand new rhino sleeper that I couldn't say no to... so at least we have those things covered.

I think the only thing missing is this guy: