Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What's Next?

So, what comes after LOA? Well, we sent our I-800 to immigration last week and now, we wait for our I800 approval ( it's always something.) We did not enjoy our first experience with immigration when we waited for our I800A. It was long and complicated and there was a point when I was unsure if it would all work out. But God is good all the time and all the time God is good. So..... from the moment that came, I began praying for this step we are in now. We have been praying for our officer and for all of the people who handle our paperwork, because let me tell ya- it apparently matters who handles your paperwork! After we receive this approval, it will be cabled to the US Embassy in Ch*na where they will issue our Article 5 ( I have no clue what this is, but is apparently a big deal), and then our TA ( travel approval). And all of this should take place within a couple of months. We are still hopeful to travel around the end of May. We would appreciate your prayers so much. This is such a big process and we are placing it in the hands of our much bigger God.

Monday, March 15, 2010


Our LOA came today!! Day 74!! We are so, so happy and so, so thankful. One step closer to Cai. Tomorrow we will sign it and send it off to immigration. We then wait for our I800 approval. We'll now start praying for a speedy approval. We hope to be able to travel in May.


Sunday, March 14, 2010


Cate was dedicated at church today- she was so excited to wear her "princess dress". She looked beautiful and didn't think twice about standing on a stage in front of everyone! Cate has been home for a year and a half, but it really feels as if she has always been here.

Dear LOA,

We have been waiting for you. We pray for you to come every night. Even Cate, who has no clue what she is praying for. Even Sophie's fourth grade class, when they say their blessing at school, prays for our LOA! We hoped that you would already have been here by now and we would be one step closer to Cai. But we're sure that when you come, it will be the exact right time. We received four new pictures of Cai yesterday and she is absolutely beautiful! But she needs us. So, please come soon.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010