Over the moon

Monday, April 15, 2013

What a day!  What a day!

But I must back up to last Thursday.  That's when the tide started to turn.  After getting nowhere fast with the passport call center (again), I hung up the phone pretty steamed and practically in tears.  I decided that for the umpteenth time, I would search the house again for Madeline's passport, in case we never gave it to them in the first place.  Only this time I decided to look in places it shouldn't be.  And what do you know?  There it was....mixed up with Patrick's business docs.  Yep, it was under our noses the entire month, and we didn't know it.  The last four weeks were extremely stressful, and I wouldn't want to relive them.  But I'm grateful to have Madeline's Chinese passport in my possession, even if we did have it the entire time.  Big big relief!  Now we can apply for our visas.

Also on Thursday, I decided to give our immigration officer call.  Remember, the one whose name escaped me?  She informed me that our applications had just come across her desk that day and that I should call her back Monday afternoon, as she would likely have us approved by then.  Great.  I'm on it.

Then we had the cake we ordered for Havi...oh a month ago.  We still hadn't received the photos, and it had us worried.  Other families adopting from the same orphanage waited days to receive their cake photos.  We were waiting almost a month.  I expressed my concern to Ann at Red Thread China.  On Saturday, she told me she was finally able to communicate with the orphanage, and that she would try to get us the photos on Monday.  Well, it goes without staying I started checking my email like crazy Sunday night and Monday morning.

Sure enough, right in the middle of our school lessons this morning, I saw the email.  So Caleb and I made a mad dash to the computer to pull them up.  And here they are!!!  And yes, for those of you who know your Chinese cartoons, that is Pleasant Goat on her cake!

Then this afternoon, as I called our immigration officer to check on the status of our applications, I could barely get a word in before she told me that she approved us this morning!  So...that means the approval will be forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC) where the approval notice will be cabled (electronically delivered) to Guangzhou, where the immigration interview will take place in China.  It should take about a week to ten days to get the approval cabled.  Then Havi's visa application (Article 5) can be dropped off.  Two weeks later it will be picked up and then delivered to CCCW@ when we will wait for our Travel Invitation (or Travel Approval, TA.)  TA will come 2-3 weeks later.  So, we should definitely be able to travel in June, following Madeline's dance recital.  

Today was truly an amazing day.  To see our daughter smiling and laughing...that's priceless.  To jump over one more paperwork hurdle...icing on the cake (couldn't resist saying that).

I do promise to give another update soon.  Life just has us busy.  A good busy, but still busy.  I'll get those iPhone snapshots up soon.


Fannie 4/16/2013  

OH MY GOODNESS!!! She is such an adorable little peanut Eva!!! You made my night with those pics as I sit here on night watch in New York!! haha!

SO glad to hear that you are making progress! It won't be long til Havi is with her family!! :) We are making progress too. We are DTC! Yea!!! That's awesome that you found Madeline's passport too. :) Yea for Good news!!!

Cheri 4/16/2013  

I'm glad it all worked out with your visas. And oh, what a happy girl she is! She looks so beautiful!

lisacng @ expandng.com 4/16/2013  

Glad you found her passport! Havi has an adorable smile and I can't wait for you and your family to hold her in your arms!

Nancy 4/16/2013  

her being fed with the chop sticks and he even has his mouth open like all good mama's and papa's that feed their babes... that pic is priceless!
Congrats on the progress! It's going to be an amazing summer!

Grandma (Bammy) 4/16/2013  

Look at that fabulous face!!! She is wonderful. Isn't it exciting getting closer and closer to your goal!!
Lots of love to all!!

Stephanie 4/16/2013  

Get outta town! She is beautiful and those pictures are amazing!! Her smile?!? Oh, my. You heart should be jumping over the moon. So thrilled for you and all of the things that have fallen into place with your paperwork.

Kim Cunningham 4/17/2013  

Eva this is just precious! What a beautiful girl you have! Her birthday celebration is so sweet. Love her cake and that she is being fed cake with chopsticks! Praise The Lord for all His goodness! So excited that Havi will be with you soon.

Kevin and Michele 4/18/2013  

What a happy girl! So glad you got smiling pictures! I'm sure you can't wait to hold her... blessings and love to you all!

Deb 4/18/2013  

Oh you know I can't wait to kiss those cheeks!!! So happy for your latest news and that your desired timeline is working out. We cannot wait to meet her!!!

the meaklims 4/18/2013  

Oh my dear - she is beyond cute. Seriously. I want to just eat those cheeks so bad!

Godspeed my friend!


Melissa 4/19/2013  

Oh my, what a doll! How can you stand it? Can't wait to see her in your arms.

michele 4/21/2013  

WoW!!! What a sweetheart!! What a smile!!! Can't wait to meet her! She looks like a little muffin face!

Gina @ Kleinworth & Co. 4/22/2013  

WOW- what exciting things happening. I am so happy for you!!!!!! Can't wait to see the next update.

Lauren 5/04/2013  

She's adorable! I know the wait has to be killing you all, but it will be so worth it when you get to hold her in your arms!

Jess 5/19/2013  

Oh, she is so incredibly sweet, Eva. I can't wait to see her in your arms! What a wonderful gift this update is for you!


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This blog is the place where shared our lives while waiting to bring our daughters Madeline and Havi home from China. (Our son Caleb was already home before this blog began.) It is now the place where we continue to share our life experiences, both big and little, as we try to glorify God and raise our 3 dumplings from China.

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