December 21st, 2015

We are so excited to announce that we are DTC!!  This is dossier to China!!  All of the paperwork we have been working on over the past 8 months is finally in China!!  We are beyond excited that this happened before Christmas.  We could not have asked for a better Christmas present.  Now we wait for a LID or a log in date.  This means all of our paperwork is logged-in in China!!  Our agency told us this is currently taking 2-3 weeks to receive an LID once you are DTC.  We are of course praying for 2 weeks.  Once this happens we will be officially open for a referral.  A referral will be pictures, video and a health history of a precious little one in China!!  We are praying that God will send us our daughter on the first referral and that we will just know!!  We have been told it can take 2 months to receive a referral, but we are also praying we get a referral in January.

Please be praying for our little one in China, her caregivers, and her birth mom.  She will not be celebrating Christmas this year and this breaks my heart.  Praising God this is her last holiday season as an orphan.  God also reminded me that there are 150 million orphans around the world who do not have mommies and daddies to celebrate Christmas with this year.  Please be praying for all of the children in the world who do not have families.

We hope you have a Merry and Blessed Christmas celebrating the amazing gift God gave us in his son!!  Happy Birthday Jesus!!
December 4th, 2015

I have amazing news!!  We got our I-800A approval today!!  The I-800A is the US government approving us to adopt a baby from China!!  I was praying we would get this the week before Christmas and we got it 4 days after our fingerprint appointment.  It was actually approved the day after our fingerprint appointment.  The quickest I had read from other blogs was 17 days after their appointment.  God showed off big on this one!!  Praising him for the quick approval.  Now we have to get the document authenticated like the rest of the documents that are already authenticated, then all of our paperwork will be off to China!  In the adoption world we will be DTC which is dossier to China!! This is a huge step.  We should get an LID or a log in date about a week after we go DTC. Once we get an LID we are open for referrals.  Praying we have an LID by Christmas.  I told John all I want for Christmas is an LID:).  We could receive a referral quickly or could have to wait a month or two.  Praying we get one soon after we receive our LID.  Also praying God gives us our baby on the 1st referral, that we would just know she is our daughter.  When we receive a referral we will get pictures, videos, and a health history.  We will have 48 hours to accept or decline the referral.  We are so excited and ready to see her face!!  Please keep praying for us and our sweet baby.