Archive for March, 2010

She KNOWS!

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Our adoption agency routinely asks for an update 3 months after you receive pre-approval for a child.  Well, it was three months ago on the 22nd that we received our PA from China.  And…we got an update!  CCAI emailed the update on Thursday.  There were no pictures, and the information was mostly things that we knew, but there was one very exciting line–the very last line in the entire update.  “She received package from the family.”  There is no way to know whether or not a child receives your packages…unless the orphanage volunteers that happy bit of information in an update!  Now we know that she knows about us, her family!!  No more wondering.  We’ve been hoping that she got the packages and that she knows about her new family, and now we know.  I am so relieved and grateful!  Here are a few others things from the update:

  • She is outgoing.
  • She likes being praised.
  • She is learning reading and writing.

And here is a little more about her from past updates.  From 6/11/2009 Development Report:

  • She can care for younger children and behaves like a big sister.
  • She loves to sing songs and especially loves to draw.
  • [At school] she behaves very well and loves to learn.
  • She can quickly grasp knowledge.
  • [She] is a bright and pretty young lady who is active and lively.

From 12/16/2009 Development Report:

  • [She] has already grown into a beautiful, sensible little girl.
  • She studies very seriously.
  • She is able to learn…incredibly quickly.
  • Jiao Jiao’s personality is open and she is very kind.
  • She is a very sweet and clever young lady.
  • [She] loves to talk and loves to smile.
  • She likes to…play games with the other little children.
  • When there is no one to play with…she is very reluctant to part from the nanny.
  • She yearns for a family.
  • She hopes she can also have a family.

From the 12/21/2009 update:

  • She is affectionate.
  • She is a happy girl.
  • She is talkative and wants to be paid attention to.

I love reading through her updates and piecing everything together, trying to find out what she’s like.  I am falling in love with this little girl on the other side of the world who I’ve never met.  Kaylee Ann said, “Mommy, is it weird that I love Min Jiao and I’ve never met her?”  It’s true, and it’s such an amazing thing!  I love her so much and can hardly wait to bring her home.

Fingerprints and Photocopies

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

I love today!  There must be at least a thousand or two teeny-tiny steps to complete this adoption, but even if I complete just one or two, I FEEL closer to bringing Min Jiao home.  And today we completed some big ones.  We really are getting closer!

Todd and I had our fingerprints taken this morning for the USCIS.  I emailed the stamped invitations to CCAI.  It should be about a week and a half now until we get our approval (I-797).  Then we’ll send it to Santa Fe (or maybe I’ll drive it up there to speed the process along), send it to the L.A. consulate, and then to CCAI to be added to the rest of our dossier.

Say good-bye to the dossier!  I’ve grown rather attached to this notebook full of paperwork, but I’m sending it on it’s way tomorrow!  I’ve decided to send our dossier to CCAI this week (minus the I-797) so they can start the critical review and translation.  This usually takes 9-11 days.  The hope is that it will be ready to send to China when the I-797 comes.  So…I just finished scanning, printing, sorting, stacking, stapling a guzillion papers!  But…IT IS FINISHED!  12 documents doesn’t sound like a lot, but when each one is notarized, certified, and authenticated (all separate pages) it multiplies quickly!  Let’s do the math…12 docs x 4 pages each = 48 pages of photocopies.  Plus 12 originals and their attached pages–48 pages of originals.  Oh wait–homestudy was 14 pages.  Oh yeah, and we have passport copies.  Well, grand total # of pages = A LOT.  And the finished product…

One fat stack of paperwork!

The dossier! (Minus I-797 and 2 pictures)

Raining, but the sun is shining on me!

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Woo hoo!!  Those are the best two words to describe my feelings as I retrieved my soggy mail from the mailbox.  (It’s been raining and snowing today, and the mailbox was left open.  Nice.)  Two BEAUTIFUL letters from the Department of Homeland Security containing our FINGERPRINT APPOINTMENTS!  Yea!  I never knew I’d be so excited about FINGERPRINTS!  I can’t stop yelling it.  FINGERPRINTS!  Sorry, hope I didn’t hurt anyone’s ears. :)  And in case you want to see what all the excitement is about, here are pictures of the soggy envelopes and lovely letters.

Soggy envelopesFingerprint appointmentsWaiting for the USCIS approval was one of the biggest unknowns in our timeline.  Now that we have our appointment we have a much better idea of when we’ll be able to finish our dossier, and (eventually…) travel to China.  After today my guess is late September or early October.

About “About”

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Obviously, I’m new to the world of blogging.  And maybe I’m not the only one, so I thought I’d let you all know that I made an “about” page.  (And for those who are REALLY new to this, you can find it on the side bar–right-hand side–under “Pages”. :))  It contains some general info about the adoption and Min Jiao.  I will probably be making changes to that page (and other things on this site) over the next week or so until I get everything organized how I’d like.  Wait…who am I kidding?  I don’t think there’s a single thing in my life that’s organized “how I’d like!”  (I was absent the day they handed out organizational skills.)

3rd care package

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

We sent our 3rd care package yesterday.  Yea!  We sent popcorn, hair clippies, drawing paper, and colored pencils.  We’ve heard that she really loves to draw so I hope she likes that.  We are so excited.  It will be 3 months on the 22nd since we were approved to adopt Min Jiao.  That means CCAI will be asking for an update!  In the package we also included a letter to the orphanage saying that if Jiao Jiao has any questions for us they could tell our agency.  I hope there is some sort of communication  (via CCAI) that happens between us this month!

We’re still waiting for our fingerprint appointment from USCIS.  Also waiting on our documents to come back from the L.A. consulate.  Hopefully it won’t be too much longer.  I got a phone call from the consulate last Monday saying they needed ANOTHER document—something that wasn’t specified by CCAI or the consulate in the instructions. :(   Hopefully that didn’t delay it too much.  At least things are still moving along.  We just need to take a few more family pictures and our dossier will be ready to go!  :)