My friend Jessica was off work because it was Veteran’s Day, so we went on a walk. The weather was beautiful, the time spent with my dear friend was good, and the few calories I burned were bonus! Jess and I grabbed a bottle of water and chatted a few minutes in the kitchen. So far, a pretty normal day.
It wasn’t until I got to the front door to walk her out that this normal day became something pretty cool and exciting!
Paul and I have been waiting two and a half months for this envelope to arrive at our house. Inside was a very precious document to us and I was so excited that Jess was still here to celebrate this moment with us. She understood the magnitude of the document!
You may be wondering what about a piece of paper could be so exciting. It was out LOA (Letter of Acceptance) from China. YEP! This document came all the way from China, stating that we were OFFICIALLY approved to be Stella’s Mama & Baba!
As we entered the adoption process we were told by many that it was a “hurry up and wait” process. We laughed. Yet soon realized it was true. Tuesday, November 11, 2014 began our latest round of “hurry up”.
The trail of dominos had been tipped over….
- Sign the LOA.
- Complete our second application to USCIS (Immigration). Earlier we were approved to adopt “a” child from China, but now we needed to reapply to adopt “a particular” child, Stella. Along with this application were supplemental documents, of course 🙂
- Overnight the LOA/I800 application/supplemental docs to Birmingham, which is where the headquarters of our adoption agency is.
- Thank Logan for submitting the above documents to the appropriate governmental office, while we complete other paperwork.
- Apply for our Visas. (**Side note: while we were completing the application, the policy on Visas for China has changed and they are approving some individuals for a 10 year Visa. WOOHOO! This would be wonderful in the event that the Lord calls us back to China!)
- Return to FedEx and mail out our Visa applications. (Luckily FedEx is just around the corner. They are quickly becoming our BFF!)
And after 5 days of solid “hurry up” we are back to “waiting”. Waiting for our I800 approval. Waiting for our Visas. Waiting for the next trail of dominos to be set off.
And while the waiting is hard some days, we look at this sweet face and thank God that we are one step closer to bringing her into our family.
Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!