We received notice that our I800 was approved by USCIS, Yeah!! This document approves us to adopt a specific child -MIA CAILI BRANNON- !
Now the approval is sent to New Hampshire to NVC- National Visa Center then onto
the US Embassy in GZ China. This should take about 4 weeks to for the papers to travel to these offices for approval. Keep um moving!!!
You would think by now I have this adoption paper work thing down but I too am still learning the ropes. Perhaps because the ropes keep changing. We recieved our LOA ( letter of acceptance) from China on day 60 of a wait. As things go, not too bad. Then this is what it looked like next for our papers...
Day 61 or day 1 of new wait-
Fedexed LOA back to Oregon (to our adoption agency)
Fedexed copy of LOA, I800 application to USCIS (homeland security) to a lock box in Dallas, TX. There the paperwork sits in the dark, lonely lock box until someone opens up the box....that would be day 6. (I guess the papers were not lonely since there were other adoption families papers in there too.) I guess I assumed that the persons who reviewed the files were in Dallas, in the office of the mysterious lock box. The new thing I learned this week is - after the lock box is opened, the papers are sent to Missouri to be processed. Can you understand why in the world they are literally sent throughout the US???
So now on Day 11, our paperwork is in Missouri. Waiting to be processed, hopefully approved without a glitch and sent back to us. Then we send it back to our agency , then they send it to the US embassy in China... Oh wait i am getting ahead of myself...Let me just rest in knowing that our papers are out of the lonely, dark lock box and are sitting on someones desk (maybe with some pretty flowers on it) in Missouri.
Shouldn't there be a better way ?
Photo from Mary Beth Chapman's trip to open Maria's Big House of Hope
Christmas Eve 2007
Our Christmas gift was Cali's referral!
Cali is home!!
Mommy and Lily 6/9/08
CALI'S FIRST PHOTO !
Can Cali be any cuter?
Look at that pout-we are in trouble! 6/19/2008
Maybe she is looking for us-we'll be there soon!
A helping hand
Lily at the beach
life is good!
Our journey of a thousand miles began with one step...
We are so very happy to announce the addition of our newest daughter, Cali Christine. We felt strongly that Cali have a family name so we chose Christine, Greg's maternal grandmother's name. Cali is a beautiful 22 month old (DOB 10/12/2006). She is from the Fujian Province of China. She is being cared for in the Xiamen SWI orphanage.Fujian is a southern coastal province of China. As we are about to embark on another incredible journey of adoption from China we ask that you come beside as prayer partners. We pray for Cali, her caretakers, her biological family, and the other children that are still waiting for their forever families. We thank you in advance for the blanket of prayers that you will place over our family. Funny 20 years ago when Greg and I got married our wedding invitations were inscribed with "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step" How were we to know then how tied we would be to this ancient Chinese saying. Cali has a cleft lip and a cleft palate. She has had one surgery in China. Her follow up surgeries will be done at UNC Medical center. I have heard the staff there are just incredible. How blessed we are to be so close to such a great medical center. We hope to travel this summer but international adoption always has an element of uncertainty as far as travel dates. We ofcourse will keep you posted.
Cali's Gotcha Day was September 1, 2008
wonder why we adopt?.. love, jody (to listen-pause the music in the pink box below)
Every call has a beginning A quiet moment when God whispers a promise to a mother's heart A holy place where a father bows and faithfully accepts the journey set before him. A miraculous morning that unexpectedly dawns....... Casting its first light on a chosen threshold. A gentle knock...a closed door opens. A sacred invitation sent by the Father... Leads to the other side of the world. Where lonely hearts stare out orphanage windows Praying for someone to care.... And then one morning, On an ordinary day An orphan's life changes...... God sends them a second chance........Through YOU.....
Peter and Lily goofing around.
Legacy of the Adopted Child Author Unknown
Once there were two women who never knew each other One you do not remember the other you call Mother Two different lives shaped to make you one One became your guidingstarthe other became your sun first one gave you life and the second taught you to live it The first gave you a need for love The second was there to give it One gave you a nationality The other gave you a name One gave you a talent The other gave you aim One gave you emotions The other calmed your fears One saw your first sweet smile The other dried your tears One sought for you a home that she could not provide The other prayed for a child and her hope was not denied And now you ask me through your tears The age old question unanswered through the years Heredity or environment which are you a product of? Neither my darling neither, just two different kinds of Love.