Thursday, February 23, 2012

Happy Birthday, Alexis and Adoption Process Update

It's been a while since I posted, but we have had a very busy February!  February is one of my favorite months because of Alexis' birthday!  She turned FOUR this past Monday, which is incredibly hard for me to believe.  I can so vividly remember the weeks and days leading up to her birth and my constant worrying and fear after she was born!  She has blessed and enriched our lives in so many ways and we are proud of the "little girl" she has become (although I still think of her as my baby).  Here's a peek at our "cowgirl" and her birthday celebration...

Our adoption process made some leaps forward this month, too!  After getting our I-800 approval, Jaxson's case/file was sent to the National Visa Center (NVC) for processing.  After it is approved, it has to be "cabled" to the American Embassy in China.  Around eight days after our I-800 approval was issued, we received an email that stated his case had been sent to China.  A day later we received an email with an approval letter attached.  This is what is known as being "cabled" and receiving the NVC "pdf" in the Chinese adoption world.  We were thrilled and immediately forwarded the letter to our agency.  Unfortunately, our agency responded over the weekend that his name was written incorrectly on the letter, so we needed to contact the NVC on Tuesday (closed Monday for the holiday) and ask them to correct the mistake.  What sounded like an easy fix became a huge drama on Tuesday morning.  After numerous phone calls and emails (and a few tears), it was all straightened out and we received our corrected letter.  Jaxson's Article 5 paperwork was "dropped off" at the American embassy on Tuesday and is scheduled to be "picked up" on March 6th (standard wait).  This is the documentation that will allow us to take custody of him upon meeting him in China.  It is the LAST step before TRAVEL APPROVAL is issued.  We are getting so much closer!

   We have a LOT to do in the next several weeks in order to be prepared (physically and emotionally).  We are so very, very excited, anxious and relieved to be this far in the process.  However, we are also nervous and overwhelmed right now (in a good way).  I am very thankful for all of the supportive and encouraging friends/family members we have, as well as all of my cyber "friends" I have met through this process!

1 comment:

  1. Alexis' bday pictures are ADORABLE!! This totally reminds me of my girls too...may just have to use a few of your ideas for their next party! You are getting so close to traveling!!