Sorry that I have been a neglectful blogger, but I have to be honest- things are crazy around here! Not only am I pregnant x 2 (one just happens to be in China) but I work full time and I have a husband that works CRAZY hours. Now that I am starting to get energy back……I will try to post better updates.
SO…. on Ray’s 38th birthday we received our official Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from China! We are having the best birthdays this year! Our letter of intent went in on my birthday and the LOA came on Ray’s birthday! This is a huge milestone in the long process known as international adoption.
The next step is LOA #2 which is the acknowledgment that the governments have received all of the immigration paperwork and that the US Consulate in Guangzhou is ready for us to come pick Kai up! The timeline has been running approx one month after the LOA is received by China. This gives us about another 2 weeks before LOA #2.
From there we wait for our Travel Approval (TA). This is our invitation from China to come and pick Kai up! Typically travel happens 2 weeks after TA arrives.
Once TA arrives the last official step before we can buy plane tickets is the Consulate Appointment (CA). That usually arrives a couple days after TA and once it is in place….we can buy our tickets to China!
If that sounds like a lot- just be glad you caught on at this point. One day I will have to recap all of the steps and it really can make a head spin! Just be glad that you got to read my rants instead of having to live this crazy madness. Although I have to admit that I never really looked at the whole picture at once. I had to take the whole thing in little chunks. It has been all about my check lists and having ones that I could complete. One baby step at a time.
With all of the baby steps here we are! We are so close to coming to get you Kai and I can’t wait! Mommy and Daddy are coming!!!!!!!!!