To update you on a little more of the details, we are currently in what the adoption community refers to as "The Paper Chase". We have spent about 3 months collecting various birth/marriage certificates, address records of where we have lived since 18 years old, background checks, child abuse clearances, doctors appointments, pet health records (!!!), updated passports and the list goes on! We are completing our home study and then continue with more paperwork to complete what is called our Dossier. This is basically a group of various documents that is notarized, approved by the county, state, US and finally embassy prior to being mailed to China to give China a picture of who we are. Let me tell you, it's not for the faint of heart but worth every moment I know! We don't know for sure but we will likely not be matched with our child until our Dossier is received in China. The Dossier takes about 6 months on average to compile.
|One of our fabulous paperwork sessions!|
We think (very key word...think!) we might travel sometime next Spring or Summer to China to meet and bring our little one home. The trip is about two weeks long and we will be in various parts of China during the that time. After that we take the short (ha) flight back home and begin our life as a family of 5!
I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the Lord's provision for us during this time! The ways in which He has showed up are unbelievable to me, truly we serve a mighty, loving, kind, gracious and powerful God! I have a journal documenting every single thing He has done so I can be reminded. He has shown me in tangible ways that He truly knows how to meet our every need, and in ways that are better than I hoped for! We pray and know that He is providing peace for our little one like He is providing it for us.
Again, we are so grateful for all of the sweet words. Thank you for praying and loving on our family-it means so much!