Today we, unexpectedly, received our Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from China. Just 34 days after receiving our log-in date.... which is a whole lot faster than we thought it would take!
The LOA basically means the Chinese government fully translated and reviewed our 13 dossier documents and formally accepted our request to adopt Fu Xiao Yun (Grace!)
Our agency hopes that we will travel 11-16 weeks from now! That would mean travel sometime in February or early March.
But first we have to jump through several hoops with US immigration. Once we have successfully navigated US immigration, China will issue our travel authorization that basically says "OK, you can come now"... and then we'll go!
OK. I've got to stop blogging and get cracking on all this paperwork that has to be done by TOMORROW.
I spent an evening with a wonderful group of women last night.
Women that I have known longer than I've known most other people in my life (except for family of course).
We all sat there and gabbed as though we've seen each other every day for the last 17 years. Even though a few, I am quite certain, I haven't seen since I took off my cap and gown at high school graduation.
We laughed about things we did in 4th grade and 7th grade and prom (night) - yikes! The trouble we got in. The boys we kissed.
We also talked about kids, husbands, cleaning products, and kids tv shows.... because that is what us Mom's do.
I wasn't one that loved high school. Actually, I kind of hated it. As I drove to the gathering last night I wondered if those awful feelings of high school would come back. I'm thankful they didn't.... at all.
Then as I was sitting there chatting... it struck me, I realized how much I have in common with these women. They share my memories. The good, bad and ugly. And that's pretty cool.
And now, we have more in common than before. As I sat next to my friend who rocked her 9 month old to sleep next to me, I realized the extent of that motherhood bonds us women together.
As much as I pretend that I don't like getting older. Getting older isn't so bad. Because most of us grow up. We realize what's important in life. And we (hopefully) forget the bad and remember the good. Now we can share our life's journeys with open hearts and open minds.
So here's my lists of gratitudes today...
I'm so thankful I never have to go back to middle or high school. Yuck.
I'm thankful that I am 35 years old. Yup. I am.
I'm thankful for friends who have known me for 25 years+ years.
Stefanie over at Ni Hao Y'all is hosting a big 'ole giveaway this Christmas season! 30 Days of Giveaways!
Go check it out! Hope you win something! (click on the picture above)
Stefanie and her family are waiting on their LOA (just like us) for their 10th child (not like us). :)
Her blog is one of my favorites.
Also, Ann at Hip Mom Jewelry helped us raise $100 for our adoption, she's a woman with a heart for orphans and we are so grateful for her help! And now, she is helping our good friends with their adoption! So, if you missed the opportunity to buy a piece of jewelry from Hip Mom when we were fundraising... now you have a second chance to help another family bring home their daughter. Hop on over to their blog to check out the details. Happy Shopping Everyone!
Finally, did everyone notice we hit the 1/2 way mark on our puzzle fundraiser. YAHOO!!!!! Thanks everyone who has sponsored a piece of the puzzle!
We are a crazy loud family of six. Steve and I have been blessed with four children, three the old fashion way and one through the miracle of adoption. We blog to tell our story. Here we share with you the laughter, tears, joy and chaos that is our home.
On this adventure of life and love for 13 years!
Our 11 year old is full of curiosity, imagination and a love for all things sports!
Our 9 year old beauty is never without a song in her heart or on her lips.
Our 7 year old’s giggle is contagious and smile is simply irresistible.
Our 4 year old blessing from Bo’ai County, Jiaozuo, Henan Province, China… forever in our arms February 21, 2011