Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Visas, Article 5, and waiting for TA!

We got our visas back last week on Friday!  It's a lot of money just to get a sticker in your passport!  This means we are completely done with paperwork on our end.  I'm sure there will be something that comes along that will need to be filled out, but nothing that I know of!  Our Article 5 should be done today but we won't hear anything until Friday because Holt doesn't hear anything until Friday.  So if I can assume that the Article 5 is done (play along here, I know what assuming does) then we should be waiting for travel approval now!  This is our last step!!!  The consulate appointments are made quickly so it seems, so this is the last real wait for paperwork then it will be the rush for packing & travel, buttoning up things here so we can be gone for two weeks!  The travel approval will be expedited.  PLEASE PRAY that China will honor the request for an expedited TA!  Many have gotten theirs quickly, so I'm hopeful.  You could also pray that I won't be consumed with this so much that I forget I have other children!  ;o)  Those other children of mine really are doing so well with all of this...oh may that continue!

And this is just for a dose of cuteness:

Thursday, October 13, 2011

More pictures of sweet Jada

With her class...

They must be learning about leaves.  Isn't that a great smile?  Oh my prayer is that she is being prepared for the changes she will be experiencing soon.  How do you ready a 3 year old for leaving everything she's ever known though?  Please Father, prepare this girl.  May she somehow be able to trust us and know that we will love and protect her always.  In the Name of Jesus we ask!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Look at this girl!

She looks like she's keeping a funny secret! We got 4 new pictures with an update on our girlie! She is growing and changing so much before we ever get to squeeze her! She looks very happy in each picture which does my heart good. Oh I want to go get her, and we are so close...yet so far!

I'm loving the little wrinkled nose!
I'll post the other 2 pictures later.  I'm saving my favorite for last ;o).
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

NVC Cabled!

We have our NVC cable!  Now we're waiting on the Article 5. We could possibly even still fly out in November!  That's all I know for now!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

We Have a Case Number!

This is a very small step, but it is still movement, so I will rejoice!  The National Visa Center (NVC) has our adoption petition and we have been given a case number.  The next step is they will send us a .pdf file copy of the approval letter and then it will get "cabled" to China.  So we're a day or two away from one more hurdle.  Then we'll only have three more steps:  Article 5, Travel Approval, & Consulate Appointment!  So close, yet so far away!

I have requested an update on our girlie.  It'll probably take another 2 weeks before we get that though.
In the mean time, I have to be content with some more photo editing ;o)!

Monday, October 3, 2011


This is my sweet nephew, that smiles often yet the cameras usually can't catch him doing it. This Joshua is such a fun guy! To add to it, he's proof that adoption processes really end up with a new little person added to a family. There really is a bright light at the end of the adoption process tunnel! And here is a little light that was even on our homeschool field trip with us last week. WITH us. And one day, our little Jada will be WITH us too, hopefully on another trip to the Louisburg Cider Mill for some fresh apple cider and apple cider donuts...yum! You'll love them sweet pea!
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