Friday, July 31, 2009

Why is This Girl So Excited?

Is it because she's going to see The Wiggles tomorrow at Sprint Center?

Well, it's actually because she loves playing with her train set and posing for photos, but she is SUPER EXCITED, as Kai-lan would say, to see a concert this weekend. She's also going to meet some new friends -- daughters of family friends who are coming over for lunch tomorrow -- so this is going to be a full Saturday for Lillian.

Friday, July 24, 2009

DTC and other bites of alphabet soup

We were officially DTC on July 17 -- that is, "Dossier To China." Now we await LOA, which is basically when the China Center for Adoption Affairs sends us a letter requesting us to confirm our decision to adopt. Typically the wait between the DTC and LOA (when a child has already been referred) is at least 8 weeks, and for some families it's much longer. So far most things have gone faster than we might have expected, or at least no slower. We pray that keeps up!

In the meantime, this week we received our updated I-797C from USCIS. That form is basically a pre-approval from the US of the final paperwork we will need to bring Rachel Guanglan home with us.

After we receive our LOA, it will be another 6-8 weeks to travel approval, so we're likely looking at late fall or winter as the most likely travel time.