Saturday, March 27, 2010

Our LOA Has Arrived!!!!!!!

What a start to our weekend!!!!

Our agency coordinator contacted us late yesterday afternoon with the news I've been waiting to hear.......our LOA (Letter of Acceptance) was signed on 3/24 and our agency received it today, 3/26 (in only two days)!!! We will receive it on Monday to proceed with the next step of paperwork! It was a total shock at that time because I would never ever expected it to come on a Friday based on how all the others have arrived, especially late on a Friday evening like that.

What IS the next step? Well.... we send in for our I-800 approval (with Immigration).....yes more Immigration paperwork. Then after we get that approval, it will be cabled onto the US Embassy and then we will be issued our Article 5. All of this is "Greek" to me. I learn about each step just a little before I get there. It's so much information to digest. All I know is that I pray through each step of the way! :)

Then we get our TA (travel approval)......and THEN WE GO GET LUKE!!!!!

Do you realize that our LOA came on Day 54?

I just want to say that this is most definitely an answer to prayer and I give God the glory! Thanks to everyone praying for us (thank you to of the youngest prayer warriors out there praying Luke home)!!! We're over the moon happy (doing a few happy dances).....and it is so comforting and encouraging to know there are folks out there thinking of us, and praying for us! We would greatly appreciate your prayers that our paperwork from here on out runs smoothly too!

Thank you and Praise the Lord! :)


basketsnprims said...

What wonderful news. I am so very happy for your family.

eeekj35 said...

That is very exciting!! I will be praying for God to intervene and keep the process going smoothly. Kim

luvtodecorate said...

Thats great news Tammy! I will be praying that everything goes smooth the rest of the way for you! You already know god has his hand in it and he will be there every step of the way! Keep up the faith. Im so happy for you!

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

WHOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO---one step closer to that sweet little boy!!!
I haven't been around much, but ya gotta know, YOU, your family and Luke have been in my prayers all this time and will continue to be. :)
I'm so happy for you, Tammy-(((hugs)))

Kim said...

Congratulations!!!!! And what awesome timing! Have a great weekend!! Love, Kim

Audrey said...

PRAISE GOD!!!! You bet I will continue to pray....doing the Happy dance for you!!!

Sherri/Here Goes My Life said...

What great news. Not much longer now. Soon your lil Luke will be home. I can't wait for the day when you post that he is safe and sound in your arms. I am so excited for you:) I will send prayers that the rest of the process goes quickly. Sherri

Dawn said...

Tammy, great great news, I am so happy for you!!


Tammy and family:
I'm saying a "thank you, Lord" for your good news.. God is Good !!
I've kept up with your adoption and if you remember I shared with you our daughters adopting two children.. They are now 18 and 15 and such a joy to our family.
I'm so thrilled at how smooth your process is going and I continue to pray for a speedy completion to seeing little Luke as an extension to your special family.. Also praying for little Luke's adjustment to the change in his young life.. Pray God's blessings on your family..

In His service, Anne said...

Amen Girl!! It came early Too!! You know who's hand is in this!! God Bless you all on your journey my friend!!
Wish you lived closer, I have tons of boy clothes you could use-lol!!

Carmen C. said...

That is wonderful news Tammy, everything is falling right into place!!!

Donna~One Simple Country Girl said...

YAY!!!!!! Luke will be home before you know it!! God is definitely good!

Mandy in Mayberry said...

Great News, Tammy! Just think how far you all have come since the beginning of all this!

God does answer prayers for sure!

Tamera @ the Stone Fence Cottage said...

PRAISE THE LORD!!! What an Easter gift!!! I'll pray that everything goes smoothly and god will move whatever mountains come up so you can bring Luke home ASAP!!!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

This was so wonderful to read Tammy! I showed Seth what you wrote too, he was thrilled to see it. He said to tell you he'll keep praying, and Josh said he will too :-) We are all praying, and are so excited for you. Praise God for this wonderful news!

Kelli said...

WONDERFUL!!! So very happy for you and your family! :)

Claudia said...

What wonderful news! Congratulations!

Kimberly said...

God is good all the time and all the time God is good... but then you already know that, right?


Madison said...

Thats awesome! I am so happy for you guys and will keep you in my prayers! You are going to have a fun and long journey to China too!

Tanya said...

Congrats on your LOA ... I'm very unfamilar with adoption but admire you and praise your efforts. Continued blessings and best wishes as you continue on this journey that is so special to your hearts. I'll keep reading to hear the good news. Kids are truly a blessing...God is so good.

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

I have goosebumps for you Tammy! I am so happy it seems to be going very smoothly. Before you know it, Luke will be in your arms!!

Mandi said...

Congratulations!!! Wow, that was fast! I can't wait to see Luke added to your family.


Walking on Sunshine... said...

Very happy for you!

Annie said...

How wonderful!!!!!! I am sooooo happy for you!!!!

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

Congratulations to your whole family! This is great news! My prayers are still with you.

Nicole said...

I am so excited for you all!!!! Now, on to the TA girl!!!!

At Home With Amy said...

God has been so good to you on this journey Tammy. This is definitely his will to have Luke become a part of your family. It won't be long now.

Lilly's Family said...

YIPPEE! Travelling together to get our boys? It looks like it just may happen. SO happy for you.

Sharing Life and Love said...

So thrilled for you all! Luke will be home soon---and I just cannot wait to stalk your blog and see you all together!

Anonymous said...

Tammy, I printed a copy of your family picture on your blog. I took it to church and it is hanging in my Sunday School room. My class can see the family that they are praying for. You are on our pray list. Love You, Betty

Lynn said...

Tammy, this is really wonderful news!! I will keep in my prayers that all goes just as smoothly throughout the rest of the process of you going and bringing Luke to his new home!


Dan said...


I am so happy for you! I know how anxious you have been to receive your LOA! I hope the next steps go by quickly and Luke will be home with you!


Leslie said...

Great news for your entire family! I'm sure this is an extremely hard wait for you guys. I wish they would make the whole process a bit speedier so Luke can get here quickly and be with his family!


Tina said...

Oh my goodness happy for you...DAY 54!! Woo hoo! I know you are so relieved!
Now hurry on to those next steps!!

Mercy Otis/The Stone House said...

WAHOO! How awesome is that!
Enjoy your day!

carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

Praise God! I am so happy that everything is faling right into place for Luke to come home sooner, rather than later.
I have been "out of pocket" lately, but I never forget to pray for you and your precious family.
It does my heart good to see answered prayer in the flesh! The Lord is so good and so amazing.
Luke will be home before you know it!
Have a great week!

Nancy M. said...

Congratulations! That is so awesome! I'm glad things are moving quickly towards Luke!