Friday, December 2, 2011

We're going to China!

We received our Travel Approval on Wednesday and today received our confirmed Consulate appointment, so all that is left is to get on a plane!  We have a week to finish up the packing.  We are off next Friday and will be meeting He Fu Di on 12/12.  So excited!  We are flying to Hong Kong by way of Vancouver.  Then will take the train to Guangzhou, where we'll spend two weeks doing the finalization paperwork, medical exams, and consulate appointment.  We'll be home the day before Christmas.  Please pray with us for smooth traveling and that we do everything right to help Fu Di through this big transition in her life.  We are so excited!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween 2011 and an adoption update

Mr Conductor and Ms Knight trolled the neighborhood briefly on Monday.  There were just a couple of other families out and we didn't go far before we were ready to go home, but great fun was had by all while it lasted.

Our adoption paperwork has been winding its way through the US immigration approval process.  Our Article 5 will be picked up at the US Consulate in Guangzhou on November 15th, then everything goes back to CCWAA, where they will issue our approval to travel.  We are hoping to receive travel approval by the first week in December and plan to travel immediately after receiving approval.   So ready to be done waiting.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

One step closer

We are one step closer to traveling to China and bringing Faith FuDi home.  We have finally received the next piece of paperwork in this long adoption journey, our Letter of Acceptance from China, which is the official approval of our application to adopt FuDi.  Next we file more paperwork with USCIS to assure legal immigration status, then another approval from China and then we finally travel to bring her home.  It's usually no more than 3 months for these last steps of the paperwork process, but  I think about the only thing we can say with assurance she'll be home with us before the end of January.  So much longer than we anticipated....last January I thought we'd be traveling in August.  Ha!  I am just thrilled that we are finally at the end of the grueling LOA wait.  We were so sure we'd be on the shorter than average and ended up way beyond an average wait. But now we're onto the next step - more paperwork.  At least from here it's much more predictable.  Or so they say.