Posted On: Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 at 3:50 am

LOA arrived on June 1st!  The is THE letter that we’ve been waiting for, the letter from China that says Pu Min Yu is our son!  And it only took 74 days!  Ha.  (With our first adoption it was 42 days, so this was considerably longer.)  For some reason, there was a big slowdown in the LOA wait over the last couple months.  When I began waiting, most people with our agency were receiving them in 50-65 days.  Of course, as soon as we got in line, everything slowed down!  So we ended up waiting 2-3 extra weeks to get it.  Even so, I will consider us fortunate.  There are people–many people–waiting 100+ days for the LOA.  Well…and then there are those who wait 5 days.  The unpredictability of it all is maddening.

Since LOA was the biggest unknown, we now have a much more predictable wait from here on out!!  Although, with the expedite it’s a little less predictable than it would be.  Here are the next steps!

  • LOA – arrived June 1st!  Woo hoo!  Check!
  • I800 approvalhopefully by the end of this week!
  • Cablehopefully next week!
  • Article 5hopefully the 3rd week of June!
  • Travel Approvalhopefully the 1st or 2nd week of July!

Yes, there’s a lot of hoping in there.  That’s because I’m feeling very hopeful. 🙂  We’ll travel to Henan 10-20 days after we receive TA.  It’s looking like July 15th, but it could be a week before and up to 2 weeks after.  It all depends on what gets expedited and what doesn’t.

I will be sending emails and making calls from here on out to try and expedite each step.  Should be fun!  It’s a lot more work than the normal sit-and-wait process, but SO worth it.  12 years of waiting for a family is long enough.  So I don’t plan on letting this crazy process take a single day longer than necessary!  So excited to be able to say…Minyu will be coming home NEXT MONTH!!!


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