I received our letter from the National Visa Center this morning!! I was able to forward that letter to our Agency in Delaware, and our agency quickly sent it to China. The final paper work will be driven to our Consulate in China in approximately 6 hours! We are pumped, so the question we are now getting asked most often is: “so when do you leave?” Answer: we have no idea :)
Here is what the process looks like moving forward (to the best of my understanding):
- Our paper work (that satisfies Article 5 of the international adoption agreement between China and America) is going to be dropped off in a few hours. This step is referred to as “Article 5 drop off”.
- From the day it is dropped off to the day it is “picked up” or as it is often referred to “Article 5 pick up” is two weeks (10 business days)
- Once it is taken and reviewed then we are issued “Travel Approval”. This time frame is a little unpredictable. Some people get there Travel Approval in as little as 3 days, others it might be as long as 3 weeks….needless to say, you know what I am hoping for :)
- When we have the Travel Approval (it is a written document) we can schedule our Consulate appointment in China. This is usually scheduled two weeks OUT from when Travel Approval is issued.
- Then we travel.
Adoption is draining. But I would start again today if I know we could get Frankie. I already love that little guy so much. I certainly do not deserve him, but God in His great mercy is giving us the privilege to make him a member of our family! Thank You Jesus.
So please pray for us. Here are our most recent round of prayer needs:
- We have our schedule of when we WANT to travel, but it pales in comparison to God’s glorious plan. Please pray we would be patient and wait as His plan is unfolding. God is always right. He is never late. He always has the better plan and strategy and that is all that matters to us….we simply want it to stay that way. So please pray for our patience.
- Pray for Frankie. I am reading different stories of families meeting their children and of course it is traumatic for these innocent babies. I will say the overwhelming majority have been wonderful experiences, but my heart does hurt for the few that have hurt. Please pray for Frankie.
- Pray that God would allow us be an instrument in encouraging others to adopt. However that works…we want to honor Jesus and we want to see babies be loved. I have been so blessed by friends such as the Ayres family and many others. I pray my family can be such an encouragement.
Thanks friends. We truly love you guys.