Welcome to our journey! The decision for us to adopt a child from China has been one of the most exciting things that we have done! We had no idea that a child half a world away could already be in our hearts....this is our journey to bring him home.

Friday, December 30, 2011

I-800 update....

We have finally got everything we needed to sent in to the USCIS and  we were hopefully approved yesterday or for sure today.  We have a very nice officer that is so willing to keep us updated on our status and we are very thankful for that!!   Now on to the next step!!  I believe that our I-800 approval will be mailed by our officer to the NVC (National Visa Center).   The NVC will "cable" our file to the US Embassy in Guangzhou, China for approval of our visa petition.  There are a couple other things that we will need to do after this but this will all lead up to our Travel Approval!!  The reason we are doing all of this after all :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Another set back....adopting parents listen up!

We have had another bump in the road and want everyone that are adopting especially to know this!!  We sent in our documents for our I-800 to USCIS and got a letter back saying that the age that we were approved for on our Home Study was no longer ok.   Our Home Study agency had us approved for a child 13-36 months and our little guy is now 3  1/2.  We now had to send in a Supplement 3 form and an Addendum to our Home Study saying that they approve us for a child older than our little guy.  They put up to age 5.  While we thought that we would want a child in the age group that we were originally approved just never know!  So make sure that you check this before you send in your I-800 and it will save you at least a week.....maybe more.   We have sent in the Supplement 3 and we are hoping that our officer will get it as soon as it gets there so we can be approved soon!
I don't blame our Home Study agency for this....they approved us for the age that we told them we were looking for.  I don't blame ourselves for this.....we have never done this before and had no idea that this could happen.  I do, however, blame our adoption agency for not checking on this before we sent our I-800 in.  This is the kind of thing that they need to let you know about!  We pay them alot of money and they are supposed to have our back!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Beautiful song!!!

This is a beautiful song!  It makes me very sad to know that Bret will not be home for Christmas this year......but he will be with his family soon.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I-800 wait......please hurry :)

We got our LOA on November 29, 2011 and received our packet the next day.  Of course we did not get it until about 2 pm so I had to get all of the paperwork and documents gathered in Ninja speed so that we could get to the post office in time to have everything overnighted to the USCIS!  Now the wait continues and if I am correct we will get the approval in 2-3 weeks.   That is the time alot of people get theirs. So....I am going with it!  Maybe I should keep myself really busy with shopping, baking goodies, sending Christmas cards, etc. instead of obsessing over the forums and adoption things in general.....ummmm...not going to happen!!  But, I am going to go and bake some goodies.....maybe I can take my laptop with me!! LOL