Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I-800 Approval

From what I had read on some adoption forums, I figured that we were close to having our I-800 approved. (This is the immigration approval from USCIS.) So yesterday afternoon I sent an e-mail inquiring about the status of our application, and first thing this morning I had this wonderful reply:

Good morning,

In an answer to your question, I processed the I-800 provisional approval this morning and the approval notices will go out in the mail today. Congratulations and please let me know if I can be of further assistance!


We are getting closer and closer! Now we wait for the National Visa Center to send us a letter which we will send on to our agency. Then all of our Hague documents will be sent to China. We are still on track to travel in June.

Please be praying for Amelia and for her transition into our family. She will be losing everything familiar to her, and we expect that she will grieve her losses. Children go through this in different ways, and we are praying that Amelia will allow us to comfort her and that she will attach to us quickly.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Signing the LOA

This is the official "Letter of Seeking Confirmation from Adopter" that we received from China this week. It basically means that they are offering Amelia to us and we are formally accepting her. We are so excited to make her our daughter!

Monday, March 7, 2011


Praise the Lord! Our agency called this afternoon to tell us that they have our LOA. They are overnighting it to us and we will have the package tomorrow afternoon. Waiting for LOA to come is the part of the process that varies most as far as how long it takes. Our wait (46 days) was pretty average. We have been told that we can expect to travel in about three months, which would put us in China in June. So tomorrow we will be busy finishing our I-800 application and getting that sent off so that we can start waiting again. . .