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. :)