I know it has been a while since I updated but honestly we have just been waiting and waiting. On Monday November 7th, we got word that we finally got our official letter of Approval. We got the actual copy in the mail yesterday along with all of our papers to mail to uscis to get approval to bring Sarah Jane to the U.S. The i800a asks for approval to bring a child and the 1800 asks for approval to bring a specific child. We hurried and got all of that in the mail to Fed Ex to arrive today. Approval is usually around 2 weeks but we have several holidays approaching. If we stay on track, it looks like we could meet Sarah Jane on JaN.16th. If not, it will be Feb due to Chinese New Year. Please pray that the process will finish smoothly, for us as we prepare our home, our children's hearts as we wait, and for us to raise the remainder of the funds we need. We are so close!
Thanks for following us on our journey!
It has been a long time since I last blogged.
I decided to blog again to keep people informed about our adoption. We are adopting a little girl who we are naming Sarah Jane, who has down syndrome, from China. She was 3 in Feb. She is spunky, beautiful and just wonderful!!! Can't wait for everyone to see her. Our homestudy should be proofed and approved in the next few days!!! YAY!! After that we mail off our 1800A to get approval from the U.S. to bring Sarah here from China. That process is taking two months, right now.
Our house is on the market. Lots of big decisions to be made as far as what area we will be moving in for school. We want a very good special needs program.
Please keep our family in your prayers. I will try to keep this updated!!
11/2015 Saw Sarah on a waiting child Facebook page/video
12/26/2014 Sent a letter of intent to adopt Sarah
1/20/2016 Heard that we were matched with her in the China system.
1/20/2016 Began the paper work chase.
4/4/2016 First home study visit
4/16/2016 Ben's home study visit
4/19/2016 Brandi's home study visit
4/23/2016 Home check and visit with the kids 5/12/2016 Proofed rough draft of home study
5/16/16 Homestudy approved by our agency
6/1/16 I800-a mailed to USCIS
6/9/16 reviewed receipt In the mail with a lockbox date of 6/2/16
6/16/16 Received fingerprint apts for 6/24/16
6/24/16 Fingerprint apt. Now we await USCIS approval and dossier authentication.
6/29/16 Documents mailed to Washington DC and Houston to be authenticated and certified.
6/30/16 I800A approval. Wait on approval letter.
6/5/16 Got approval letter in mail it had wrong date. Ben called on 6/6/16 to get a new letter sent.
6/13/16 Our agency received our new i800A letter with the correct date. All of our Alabama documents were sent to the Secretary of State in Montgomery and our AZ documents were sent to CA for certification.
6/26/16 Documents back from U.S. Consulate
6/27/16 DTC(documents to China to be translated) 10/10/16 We got our hard copy of our LSC and I800 in the mail. 10/10/16 Mailed I800 off to TX USCIS and our signed LSC back to our agency.
I am a 30 something yr old Christian, SAHM to A funny, loving, pretty Little Girl named Emma who is 12 and to a funny, sweet, handsome little Boy named Noah who is 7, Nate who is 4 and so funny and creative and Anna who is 3 and the little Mama and Levi who is just a doll and our blessing through adoption. I am married to Ben-The Love of My Life! I love hanging out with my family-Getting together with my Mama,Aunts, Uncles and cousins, sil and bil for cookouts and just hanging out.I enjoy hanging out with friends, which I do not get to do enough.We enjoy going to the beach and day trips to the zoo, parks and museums. We enjoy being outside and swimming and playing. I enjoy meal planning, coupon clipping, middle of the road parenting(I do some natural stuff but some modern day stuff too), waking up to a clean house,homeschooling, coffee, clean babies, the beach, apple cinnamon and fall!:)We have recently started the adoption journey and are so excited and anxious!! We may not have it all together but together we have it all:) I love my Life as a SAHM Mommy and Wife! Life is GREAT!:)