I got the call this morning that we have Frankie’s LID! (Log In Date). This is the fancy term of saying China has the hard copies of all of our paper work and now we are officially in the “system”. Many people have asked about a timeline and one thing I have learned is that in the adoption process, it is difficult to be precise (things are always changing…and the process can speed up and slow down without much notice).
So rather than try to guess when we will get to travel, it is a little less nerve wracking to have and celebrate “smaller goals”. Our next hurdle (and the biggest hurdle to date) is receiving our LOA or our Letter Of Acceptance. Receiving your LOA after having your LID can be on average 60-90 days and sometimes longer. Simply looking at a calendar: February 12th is the 60th day….and March 14 is the 90th day. I really hope that something happens that speeds up the process. Once we get this done, then there will be more paper work and then we travel!
One obstacle in this process is the holiday season in America and in China. Offices close for Christmas and the Chinese new year. This can bring a slight delay, but I do not want to let my mind go in that direction…the closer we get, the more I hate the idea of being separated from my son. I want him home.
For some people the wait for the LOA has not been very long, I have read where some people received it 30-40 days after LID. Until God shares his timeline with us (at which time we gladly submit to His plan) I will continue to ask that God allow our process to move quickly and that the holidays will not delay our travel. I trust that this is in the hand of our Lord…He has never been late.
So that’s the latest! We celebrate the little things.
We are one step closer! Thank you Jesus.