Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Pressley and Seth have been best friends since they were 2 years old. Seth moved away 3 years ago, but they are still best friends!
Cate, Anna, and Sara Kate

Anna and Cate

Life. That's what we've been doing around here. I have been a terrible blogger, but I don't have much to report on the adoption end. And with us, well, we wake up, school, homework, softball, dance, Karate, supper, and bed. Our wait for Cai is quite painful right now. While I know we are so close, she feels so far away most of the time. I realize we could be 3 short weeks away from her, but it could be longer. Unknowns are hard. I try every day to enjoy the present and every part of this day, but truthfully, I want to be on a plane to Ch*na. I want her to be a part of our every day life, despite how mundane it may seem at the present! Our Article 5 should be picked up at the consulate in less than a week and then we just wait for Travel Approval (TA), usually 2- 4 weeks, and then we can book our flights!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


What does that mean anyway??? That's what I wondered when I heard the word, cabled.. until it came time for us to be cabled. This new process with adoption has been full of learning new things and new words- I thought Cate's adoption was hard and complicated! After we received LOA, we had to submit more forms to immigration and wait for our I800 approval- that happened on April 1- Then they send our information to the National Visa Center for processing who then cables it to the US Embassy in Guangzhou. That happened this past Friday! YAAAA! Now, we wait for our Article 5 to be prepared and picked up- that takes about 2 weeks, and then we wait for TA!! We are so close, and I can hardly contain my joy. I said in the very beginning of Cai's adoption that I would make a point of giving God all of the glory for each step, because He, after all, allowed us to begin this journey for Cai. He has brought us the peace and patience that we have needed to make it this far. We have been praying for Cai, and also have the peace that she is being protected and prepared for this huge transition. Also, I believe with all of my heart that every step in the right direction, every approval we have been given, is directly from Him. And we will forever be thankful.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter and Happy News!!

We have our I800 approval!!!!!!!!!!! This was such an answered prayer and we are so thankful. It feels great to have more step out of the way! Happy Easter!