Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

Papers to China

We are pretty excited around here as we got news today that our dossier was mailed to China.  CCAI representatives will hand deliver it to the CCCWA in about 3-5 days, then the CCCWA will review it and enter a Log-In date (LID) within three weeks we are told.  This is so exciting and has been long-awaited!  Celebrate and praise God with us.  

Would you like to see how Henry's bedroom is coming?  Great!  Even the dog likes it:)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Dossier Complete!!!

Our last dossier document was received this morning and then immediately overnighted to our adoption agency with last papers, a second CCAI payment, and a CCCWA payment for the processing of our dossier.  Hallelujah, the paper chasing is over!  The CCCWA deadline in China is still July 28th and we don't know how fast CCAI can translate and bind our dossier, then get it mailed to them, but we know it is all in good hands and ultimately in God's hands.  His timing is so perfect!  

Thanks so much for prayers...our next step is to wait for China to send us an Acceptance Letter (LOA) after processing our dossier, which could be only 1-2 months since we've already been pre-approved for a Waiting Child.  Then, Travel Approval comes and we should be traveling to get Henry about 10-14 weeks after the LOA arrives.  In this timeline, the earliest we could travel would be November and the latest, January...if everything moves as normal.  There are big fees coming up with all of this, so we need to continue fundraising and hope to hear good news from grant applications.  Praise God for His provision already!

Here are a couple photos of sweet Henry working hard and having fun in therapy.  We are so thankful for the love and care he is receiving at New Day Foster Home!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Immigration Approval

As you can imagine, we are ecstatic and celebrating a phone call today from USCIS letting us know our immigration application is being approved.  This is a huge milestone in the adoption process, so praise God with us for it!

As soon as the paperwork arrives, we will hand deliver it to our Secretary of State office for certification, then use a courier to get an overnight authentication at the San Francisco Chinese consulate.  Upon receipt, we will overnight it to CCAI so they can finalize dossier preparations and get it all to the CCCWA in China by July 28th.  We are down to the last major steps though months away from travel still, so this is really exciting.  

Henry continues to be doing well and is making great progress in physical therapy and walking.  We love skyping with him almost weekly and he seems to look forward to it as well.  His birthday is coming up in August so we will be putting a special birthday package together here soon.  I have been working on his Lifebook and photo album as well...what a blessing to get regular updates and photos from New Day until we can bring him home.  

If you are interested in our adoption timeline, I have added that to the right of this blog.  It's quite interesting and we can see God's hand and timing all over it.  He is soooo good!!!

Thank you so much for praying us through this.  It can seem so long but when great progress is made like today, we are so encouraged and re-energized for the next step.  We appreciate you all!
Henry learns about our Independence Day!