Archive for May, 2010

5th care package, a bit conservative :)

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

I’ve been so excited about our log in date that I almost forgot to blog about this. 🙂 I can’t believe we’ve known about our girl for over four months! We sent her a 5th care package last Tuesday. I tried to be a little more conservative with this package. Just a letter, yummy treats, coloring books and crayons, and a new little photo album (because the first has to be more than full with the number of pics I’ve been sending). There are also 10 bibs and 18 pairs of socks to give to the other children and babies. 🙂

Care package #5

Why was I conservative? Well, since you asked, next month is Jiao Jiao’s birthday and I plan to go ALL OUT!! If there is anything that will tempt me to loosen my purse strings right now, this is it! She will be 8 years old on June 14th. (I still find it interesting that in 2002 both our daughters were born; we just didn’t know about the second.) Anyway, it seems to be tradition, almost an expectation, that the child will receive a birthday cake from their family while they’re still waiting in the orphanage. This is not just a birthday cake. I’m sure it is her FIRST birthday cake. Eight years old and getting her very first birthday cake…

My heart aches when I think about how many little children see their orphanage-mates get their first birthday cake from their new family,  wondering if they will ever get one. 🙁 I met someone on a yahoo group who is adopting their son from Puyang. She sent him a birthday cake a few months ago, and guess who was there to share it with him! (Thank you for the pics, Nancy!)   I love his little face. And Jiao Jiao’s face seems to say something.  I wonder what she was thinking… Eating the cake does not seem like her priority here. 🙂

Jiao Jiao on the right!

Not missing anything!

Really wanting to see everything!

I’m hopeful that we can make her last birthday in the orphanage something to remember fondly.

L I D ! ! !

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

We’re logged in!!! Today was such a great day! I got an email early this morning, just after I dropped off the kids at school. It really made my day. Did I mention that today was a great day!? The email said that our “official dossier Log-In-Date is 4/29/2010.”  Our agency also sent a little more information:

The CCAA is taking approximately four to six months from the time that both your Letter of Intent
and dossier have been logged in to issue your travel approval…Even though this wait seems like the hardest part, it will be worth it once you hold your child in your arms…Now that you have your official LID, you are a giant step closer to your child.

I do feel a giant step closer! We’re actually waiting “in line” now at the CCAA (China). Before we were logged in we were hurrying with paperwork just so we could get in line.  That’s funny… I’m generally not so happy to get in a line, especially seeing that it’s long and slow-moving. But today I am!  We’re coming, Jiao Jiao!  The really cool thing about being logged in on the 29th and finding out today is that we’ve already been waiting for our LOA (the next step) for 1 whole week! One down and 2-8 weeks to go!

From here on out, most of our waiting will be determined by the CCAA.  Here’s an abbreviated run down of what’s ahead:

  • LOA (Letter of Acceptance): currently they are arriving 3-9 weeks after LID, average is 7 weeks.
  • **Insert a bunch of steps and additional paperwork here**
  • TA!! (Travel Approval): can vary by a few weeks, but average is 10 weeks.

Travel to China is about 10 days to 3 weeks after you get TA.  LOA is the big variance here.  Once we get it we’ll have a much better idea of when we’ll be traveling.  After that, from LOA to TA is typically 10 weeks, as long as one submits all the paperwork in a timely fashion.  Anyway, we have a nice bunch of hoops to jump through before we can bring home our girl.  But today…we have LID!!! 🙂

(If anyone wants to see the detailed steps, here they are.  I warn you, it ain’t pretty!)

  • LOA (Letter of Acceptance): currently they are arriving 3-9 weeks after LID, average is 7 weeks.
  • I-800 (Provisional Approval): arrives 3-4 weeks after LOA, average is 26 days.
  • Cable: about 1 week after I800, average is 8 days.
  • NVC Letter (National Visa Center): 3-5 days after being cabled.
  • Article 5: 2-4 weeks after NVC letter is dropped off.
  • TA!! (Travel Approval): 2-4 weeks after Article 5, average is 21 days.