Monday, March 31, 2008

Is He Lost?


Where is the TA stork? If you see him, send him over to my agency. This Momma wants to book some airfare to China!!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Where is the darn TA stork?

There are rumors that TAs may be on their way from China. We are sure hoping so! During the wait, this had definitely been one of the hardest stretches! It will be wonderful knowing what day we will get to meet Princess Chloe!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

My Birthday and still waiting for TA


Well...I turned 29 again for the sixth year in a row. After a full day of hair Matt and I took all of the kids to St. Patricks to talk to Sister Catherene about Rachael's confirmation in May. Because of our potential travel plans, she could miss the ceremony. Fortunately, they are willing to work with us. Afterwards we went to Pepe's for dinner. They surprised me with an Ab Lounger. Are they trying to tell me something? It wasn't quite as bad as my Mom giving me the fake gel boobs for Christmas though. :)
Hopefully we get TA by the end of the week. This need to micromanage something I can't is starting to drive me crazy!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

No Brown Envelope, but Good to Go!

We thought we had a problem. When you complete your I-600a and it is approved for the country you are adopting from usually the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) cables over your information to the US Consulate in that country. This triggers the "brown envelope" and it contains all of the documents you need to bring with you to your consulate in order for you to bring your new child back into the United States. Well, Illinois does it differently. They wait until you have your referral to cable your info and you get your brown envelope closer to travel. We still don't have ours! Eeek! I was beginning to worry so my agency stepped in and contacted the consulate on our behalf. Today we got an email saying we were good to go! Everything is there and ready for us when we show up with Princess Chloe!


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tick Tock.....

Well, we are eagerly awaiting our TA. Right now we are hopeful that it will arrive soon. We had a little blunder with the USPS and they didn't deliver a document to our agency in time for their outgoing mail to China on Friday. Fortunatly our agency let us pay to have it shipped earlier than this coming Friday and we may still get our TA at the same time as the rest of our travel group.

It has definatly been a stressful week........

Monday, March 3, 2008

Introducing Our Chloe-We have LOA!



We have LOA for our Suzhou Princess. Introducing our daughter! She is really ours now!


Chinese Name: Su Ding Rou (soon to be Chloe Rou)

Birthdate: November 15, 2006

Location: Suzhou, PRC - Jiangsu Province

DOR (Date of Referral): January 15, 2008

LOI (Letter of Intent): January 24, 2008

PA (Pre-Approval): January 30, 2008

LOA (Letter of Approval): March 3, 2008

TA (Travel Approval): TBD-Hopefully soon!!!!

Travel: Tentatively leave May 8, 2008


We want to thank our wonderful friend, Jonni, who did our beautiful blog for us. Thank you!!!! It is so gorgeous!