I just wanted to give everyone an update on how our adoption journey is going....... Right now we are in the long and tiresome waiting period. Our dossier went off to China on March 12th. It is in the hands of the CCAA (China Center for Adoption Affairs) where it will be reviewed.
Once reviewed the CCAA will issue a LOA (Letter of Acceptance) stating that we want and accept Sam as our own. We will sign that letter and return it to China.
Within about two weeks, the CCAA will then issue our TA (travel approval) stating that we can come and get our little boy! We will travel very soon after that, as soon as we can finalize our travel arrangements (most likely anywhere from one to three weeks after TA is issued).
So right now, we wait and pray for our dossier to be reviewed quickly. The average time is a few months, so we've still got some time left to wait. But you never know!!
We did have some disappointing news this week, that we got turned down for a grant from Shaohannah's Hope, the adoption ministry started by Stephen Curtis Chapman and his family. I've been kind of bumming because the reality of travel expenses is starting to hit has I browse the internet for flight prices, etc.
But God is providing in other ways... For instance, we have the opportunity to operate a concession stand this coming weekend at a horse show. I'm pretty nervous because I've never done anything like that before, but our sweet friends have already started donating chips, drinks, cookies, etc. for us to sell. We're also going to cook hotdogs (on Kym's camp stove), I'll make chili, muffins, and whatever else I can think of. Please pray for a successful day!
We will keep you all posted when we hear any more news from China!!!