We're matched!

We are matched!!

Our dossier was “logged in” to the CCCWA system on January 8th. Later that afternoon, I received a phone call from our agency. “Now that you’re logged in, we can send you referrals!”

I thought, “Great! Thanks for the call!”

But she continued, “There’s a little boy…”

Wait.. what??? Already???

She told me about Xin Yu. He’ll be 2 in March. He’s in Henan. Would we like to learn more about him?

Of course!

We took time to talk and pray and consider - but we knew he was ours. We officially said yes two days later and then anxiously waited for China to say “yes” to us!

Because our dossier had just been logged in, it hadn’t been through the whole review process yet. We had to wait for them to translate and review it before we received our letter of acceptance.

We got confirmation on February 13th that our LOA was coming in the mail and that gave us the confidence in the process to tell everyone about our precious son. On February 15th, we saw a scan of our actual LOA and we’ll receive it in the mail next week.

We are thrilled and so, so, so thankful that we have confirmation that he is ours and we will be his. Thank you for all your support and prayers.

Next steps are filling out more paperwork, preparing for travel, and preparing our home for him! We don’t know yet when exactly we will travel but we anticipate May. We’ll go to China for about 17 days. We will meet him on Day 4(ish) and we’ll immediately take custody of him. Then we have to wait for more paperwork and government processes before we get to bring him home. We can’t wait!

In the spirit of sharing a Disney song that relates to our feelings... here's "Almost There" from Princess and the Frog. :)

A quick holiday update

Merry belated Christmas and happy new year! This update will be a little bit all over the place.

We found out on December 26th that our dossier is now complete and moving into translation. CCAI said it would be sent to China in a few days - which is much faster than I anticipated! I thought translation would take much longer. It will be mailed to the CCCWA (China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption) and we’ll get “logged in” which means we are then eligible to be matched. We have no idea how long it will take to match, however.

It’s been hard to go through the holidays with the intense desire to have a child to experience everything with. This time last year, I was just on the cusp of being ready to start the process. Now, I’m all in and it’s all I think about. My heart always went out to my friends who struggled with infertility, but I never understood how painful it can be to wait until now.

I’m off work for a while which can make me a little stir crazy. To pass the time and to not go crazy from obsessing over waiting, I have been reading about Chinese cooking. (My main source has been Omnivore’s Cookbook - she has great recipes and info on ingredients.) I went to K&S World Market today and bought dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, black vinegar, sesame oil and took a trip to the liquor store for dry sherry. I made beef & broccoli tonight and it was decent for a first try. My next experiment will be a dumpling soup. I’m also intrigued by a recipe called Ding Ding Chao Mian (Fried noodles in lamb tomato sauce) that I might try soon.

In other learning-Chinese news, I signed up for a Mandarin class that begins in mid-January and I’m really excited to start learning the language. I’m also starting to learn more about Chinese New Year and I’m trying to figure out how we will celebrate it.

If you’re curious about China adoption or want to see the cutest little girl ever, I recommend following Elsie Larson (@elsielarson) on instagram and reading her blog The Larson House. I have absolutely fallen in love with her daughter Nova. She will definitely make you smile.

Thank you so much for all your support. I appreciate friends thinking of us during the holidays. We got a Christmas card that made me ugly-cry. You know who you are. :)


Here we come, State Department and Chinese Embassy!

This evening, we will ship a huge stack of papers to a courier service in DC who will walk it into the State Department, get everything authenticated... then walk it into the Chinese Embassy and get them to do THEIR thing... and then ship it back to us... and then we're ready to send our whole dossier to our agency. It's a HUGE step and one we've been dilligently working toward since the beginning of March.

Home Study Complete!

We just got done sitting with Natasha, our social worker from ABI, and Dave, our friend who has been notarizing for us - they signed and notarized multiple copies of our home study!

This feels like a big milestone - but just 1 milestone among many. Next, we need to get everything certified and authenticated (which means I have to take the notarized documents to the county clerk who has to certify that the notary is real, then take those documents to the Secretary of State who will certify that the county clerk is real, then we have to send them to the State Department for them to certify that the Secretary of State is real, then they have to go to the Embassy. Then, they come back to us and go (along with many other documents) to Colorado to CCAI, our placement agency.

It feels so good to have this step completed though - so much closer to bringing home a child!