Sunday, January 29, 2012

Year of the Dragon!

We recently celebrated Chinese New Year with a group of adoptive families in Hardin County.  We had much to celebrate, as we had just received our Letter of Acceptance (LOA) for Jaxson!  We went to a local Chinese restaurant for dinner and a great visit with the other families.  My sister made the most adorable panda cupcakes that Alexis got to share with all the other kiddos in the group. 

     I ended up being sick on the actual date of Chinese New Year, so we didn't celebrate at home.  However, I did order Alexis her own Chinese silk dress, and we gave her a red envelope with some money in it (a Chinese New Year tradition). 
     We also having been completing a lot of paperwork since receiving the long-awaited LOA.  Immediately after receiving it, we had to complete our I-800, which is a petition to US Immigration to bring Jaxson here as a US citizen.  We had I-800a approval to bring a child here, but this form is specific to Jaxson.  There were several other documents that had to be filed, and it was exciting to write his official "English" name on one of them!  In addition to his documents, we also filed our visa applications via a courier in Chicago. We should be receiving those toward the end of this week. 

     Now we are waiting on I-800 approval, which should come in a couple of weeks.  Once we have it, there are a couple of steps (NVC cable, Article 5 paperwork) before China will issue us our TRAVEL approval (TA!)  Once the I-800 approval comes, things will start moving fast.  I feel like we have so much to do!  We're very excited! 

It was a bit of a whirlwind in the days following

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