9.23.2013

On the Edge of My Seat

Since July 19, 2012, many adopted-related events have taken place...

07/19/12 - Felt calling to adopt a child with CL/CP
08/04/12 - Made the decision to adopt
09/06/12 - Submitted application to Lifeline Children Services
09/24/12 - Submitted application to a MLJ for Home Study
11/02/12 - Submitted binder to MLJ with Home Study requirements
12/18/12 - Finalized Home Study Report completed
12/20/12 - USCIS received our Immigration application
12/31/12 - Fingerprint appointment date and time received
01/23/13 - 10:45 a.m. Call from Lifeline - saw our son!!!
01/23/13 - 11:00 a.m. Fingerprint appointment at USCIS
02/11/13 - I-797 Approval - Allows us to bring a child into the US
02/21/13 - State Authentications
03/01/13 - Chinese Consulate Authentication
03/01/13 - Letter of Intent (LOI) - not processed until after LID
03/04/13 - Dossier to China (DTC)
03/20/13 - Log In Date (LID)
03/29/13 - Pre-Approval (PA)
06/28/13 - Out of Translation (OOT)
07/24/13 - Dossier Reviewed
08/08/13 - Letter of Acceptance (LOA)
08/22/13 - I-800 Approval (Immigration Application for our son)
08/29/13 - National Visa Center - GUZ # PDF
08/30/13 - Article 5 Drop Off
09/17/13 - Article 5 Pick Up
               - Travel Approval (TA)
               - Depart
               - Meet Our Son!!!
               - Consulate Appointment
               - Home!!!

Can you believe the next item on our list is awaiting our TRAVEL APPROVAL (TA)???

So after doing some research, I have realized how very small our window is to receive our TA in order to meet Tucker on Tuesday, October 8th. Let me break it down for you.

From October 1-7, China will not process any adoption paperwork due to their National Day Holiday. It is the second largest holiday of the year after Chinese New Year, and it is the last holiday of the 2013 year. The US Embassy in Guangzhou, where we will spend the second half of our trip in China, will be closed October 1-3.

When China issues Travel Approval, they send the documents by DHL to our agency. These deliveries are made around 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day. Our agency needs to receive our Travel Approval no later than this Friday, September 27th as they are not open on the weekends and will not have DHL deliveries. Receiving it by Friday allow us time to request a Consulate Appointment at the US Embassy and to hopefully receive a response from them by September 30th  China time (our Sunday night overnight) before they close for the holiday. Clear as mud?

Bottom line is this, friends...

We need China to issue our Travel Approval either TONIGHT while we are sleeping or TOMORROW while we are sleeping in order to have any chance of it being delivered DHL by Friday! If our agency receives it by Friday, we should be able to book our Consulate Appointment before they go on Holiday.

The finish line is in sight, but it still is just out of reach. Thank you for joining us in prayer, pleading with God to hear us and to answer our prayers. We hope that our desire to meet Tucker on October 8th aligns with His will! We trust Him always.

We finished buying our gifts ($5-$15 range) for various officials in China. We wrote out 5 pages of instructions for Danette, my stepmom and the boys' grandmother, who will be keeping Noah and Liam while we are away. We are tying up loose ends, visiting with friends, buying Halloween costumes (knowing we won't have much time once we are home), cleaning nesting like crazy, choosing clothes and shoes for Tucker, and getting cautiously excited about how close we are getting. I don't know about you, but I am on the edge of my seat waiting for good news.

THANK YOU FOR PRAYING WITH US! WE CANNOT WAIT UNTIL THE DAY WE GET TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE ARE OFFICIALLY GOING TO CHINA!!! 

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