"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance.The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break." -Chinese proverb

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Well, it's official, the U.S. has said that we are okay to adopt a child from China!  Our I-797, which is the form they send saying that they approved our I-800a (confusing, no?), came on Saturday and apparently spent the weekend in our mailbox.  Oops!  I called USCIS on Monday to find out if we had an officer assigned to our case and lo and behold, we had been approved as of February 8th!  I ran out to the mailbox and there it was, just staring out at me.  This is seriously the quickest approval I have ever heard of!  It usually takes 2-3 months and it took less than a month for us!  Wow, enough with the exclamation points.  Can you tell I'm excited?!  But so many things have felt to us like we can just see God's hand in them and it makes me wonder, is our girl almost ready for us?  Is that why things are happening quickly?  So, our I-797 form has been notarized and should be arriving at the Texas Secretary of State today to join our other forms.  Or maybe it passed them in the mail on their way back...who knows?

More good news, I got our documents back from Oregon and Washington today and it looks like they certified them correctly!  So, tomorrow I will send them to the San Francisco Chinese Consulate to be authenticated.  Whew!  All of this certifying and authenticating business is a bit of a whirlwind!


  1. Holy smokes! I don't know what any of that stuff means but it sounds like great news and everything is going faster than you may have thought. That's awesome and I can't tell you how proud I am that you and Erik are doing this! It's still a little hard for me to believe how much red tape you have to trudge through, and for something with such great need. Keep it up sis, I love you and miss you guys!

  2. How exciting!!! There aren't enough exclamation points to show my enthusiasm! You two are great parents, so it's no surprise that you were approved so quickly! I hope the rest of this journey to meet your new daughter goes just as quickly and smoothly! Can't wait to hear more! <3 you guys!

  3. I am sooo excited for you guys! I can't believe how quickly everything has been going for you. Congrats!!