Sunday, October 29, 2006

Still Waiting

It seems like things are just moving very slowly in the adoption world. I talked to Bethany this week and she's saying that we are still waiting for other families' dossiers to finish being authenticated before they send us all over in a group. There have been no new Consulate Appointments (CA's) granted for those who have already received pictures of the children they've been matched with. There have been no new referrals for those families who are next in line. So, we all ask for your prayers that the feelings of doubt and anxiety will disappear!

Isaiah (43:5) Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.

Micah (7:7) But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD,
I wait for God my Savior;
my God will hear me.

Psalms (37:7) Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Our Dossier is Finished

I got word from Bethany today that our dossier is complete and ready to go. However, not everyone else's who is in our group is ready and is moving a little slower than she expected. So, knowing that, we are probably looking at an early November DTC date. What's another week or two? But we were first done in our group! That means we won. We are ahead! I don't know, it makes me feel a little better.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

DTC is Coming Soon

I had all the rest of the paperwork for our dossier to Dillon by 10am this morning. We do not have anymore paperwork to do until we get a referral. Bethany, our caseworker, said that we should be DTC by the end of the month! While we wait we have some parent education classes and books to read. Parenting an internationally, adopted child is not the same as parenting a biological child. Depending on her age and temperament we may have some pretty big hurdles.
Here's to praying that the wait shortens. Not just for our sake, but mostly for all the orphans' sake.

That PPP We Were Waiting For Came Yesterday!

After almost 6 weeks of waiting (the shortest wait is 8 days, the longest is 8 weeks) we finally received our I-171H from immigration! YEAH!! That is the last piece of the puzzle we were needing to finish our dossier. All we have to do now is get it to our adoption agency and then we wait to hear about a DTC date, then an LID date. The current wait is about 12 mos., but in April of '05 it was about 8 mos. So, the pendulum does swing back and forth.

PPP=Pesky Piece of Paper (while you are waiting for it) or Pretty Peace of Paper (after it comes)
DTC=Dossier to China (sent from our agency's office)
LID=Logged in to China (when it's logged in at the CCAA, the date the clock actually starts ticking)