But yesterday we got our I800 approval! And only because I cut and pasted this next sentence, do I know actually what that means.
It's your approval from USCIS (that's the United States government, Dept of Homeland Security and all things immigration) to adopt the child (that would be the sweet adorable, have-you-seen-that-adorable-smirk-on-her face Mimi Jade Wanwen) you were matched with specifically.
China approved us with our LOA!
And now the United States approved us with our I800!
So now I think it's a done deal, and there're just some serious paper shuffling that has to be done for the next 6 weeks or so! Something about cables and PDFs and emails and calling people at just the right time. I honestly haven't a clue what the next steps entail, and will have to rely and others to walk me through it. So for the next little while, I'll post some happy milestones reached in our adoption journey, and y'all can just nod your heads and say congrats. In theory, our agency says we can expect to travel in 10-12 weeks! Oh ya baby, you read that right! We're talking WEEKS now not months!
And I'm leaving you with the most amazing picture.
Taken by China staff, and it was titled Wanwen and friend.
Y'all know how much I adore old-fashioned names, and just the thought of these two little ones, with names full of history and tradition and strength, Mimi and Pearl, making a family in the middle of an orphanage, halfway across the world... makes my heart sing!