Our case worker called at 2:04 in the afternoon today to tell us that China has given us preapproval to adopt the little girl we were matched with almost two weeks ago. We are so excited! Now we can share more info with you (which I’ll do in the next post, hopefully this evening). It’s been hard to not tell everyone, and honestly, we were really quite bad at holding it in.
Now we can go ahead and start getting ready. We need to work on learning her language, finding nanny and orphanage gifts, getting clothes for her, decorating the kids’ room to be a little more gender neutral, read more about bonding…… Our agency said we should expect at least 6 months before we travel. The next step is LOA (letter of acceptance) which is the letter China send after they have fully processed our dossier and approve us as adoptive parents. Then about a month after that we would get TA (travel approval) and travel within a month after that.
Lord, thank you so much for Mei Mei and that she is more than we dreamed she would be. Thank you that you have been taking such good care of her. Please speed this process and bring us through this long wait. Give us favor in the eyes of the officials who process our paperwork, and allow us to hold our daughter soon. Please prepare us to be her parents, to be wise in dealing with any bonding and adoption issues that might come along. Continue to take care of Mei Mei and prepare her to enter our family. Thank you! Amen