Okay, from what you tell me, you're not getting tired of hearing about our little baby steps in the adoption. So, I'm back again with more news! :)
This past Wednesday, I called the Immigration office to see how we were coming along on our I-800 approval. I actually spoke with our officer, who told me that according to our timeline, she should receive our paperwork in the mail anyday for review. She told me to call back on Friday to see if we had our approval yet.
So, I called back yesterday and am happy to tell you that we received our I-800 approval on the very day I had called in....Wednesday, April 14th! Our officer was so sweet and said she got it approved and out and on its way to me (the I-800 receipt) and sent to NVC (National Visa Center) that very same day that we talked. She was even nice enough to give me a contact phone number for the NVC office (so I can bug them now)! :) God bless that girl...she did her part quickly and with enthusiasm for making us happy too! I made sure to tell her how thankful I was for that!
Now for those of you that are wondering why in the world it's taking so long (just so you know...I wonder that too....all.the.time.!!!), I'll fill you in on the next baby steps to getting Luke:
We now wait until we receive a letter from NVC, and then that has to be faxed in to our coordinator at the agency. This is cabled to Guangzhou, China to the US Embassy there. There's a lady in China who has our money in hand for Luke's visa. That lady will then take the money and Luke's visa application to the US Consulate. Then we wait to be issued an Article 5. And then after the Article 5 comes, we receive our TA (travel approval), which I'm hoping and praying can possibly come within 2 weeks after our Article 5, (but it could be 3 weeks or so).
Now you see how it's truly important and such a blessing when each step takes place, and especially when it's done in a timely manner? One step depends upon the next!
Then...that's the last of the baby steps. The next step and post you will see from me is "We're going to China"!!!!!
Thanks for the continued support and prayers! I appreciate it more than you'll ever know! I can't wait until the day I can share the pics of us finally holding him!
Have a great weekend! :)