Well, Summer is in full swing around our house! In fact, where the heck did June go? It's almost over and time for fireworks!! Isn't it sad how the months you enjoy the MOST seem to just fly by? We LOVE Summer!! Late nights, longer days, no school to rush to, our evening boat rides, and of course, our Summer weekends. We live on the lake and so we enjoy our evening boat rides once Daddy gets home from work. We get to eat a late dinner and then hit the water. We love to take in God's beauty all while reflecting on the day we've had. We usually spend most of the time we are out in total silence, just taking it all in....I just love it! We started out the month with a trip to the beautiful NC mountains. My Aunt has a cabin up there, and we love to try and visit her twice a year. it is so peaceful up there~ green rolling hills, crisp air-and let's not forget, our whole reason for traveling there-MY AUNT!! We had a wonderful visit and a great kick off to our Summer break.
A quick little update on our adoption. We have submitted our I-800a application to US Customs and Immigration. This is a formal petition asking permission from OUR Government to adopt an orphan from another country. Part of this process is to be fingerprinted at Homeland Security; and so we loaded up the car and made a fun day trip to Charleston, SC where we were quickly fingerprinted and allowed to enjoy the rest of our day in my favorite city.(I begged Brian to just leave me there...for a week...or two). Now, we wait for our case to be assigned to an officer, reviewed and approved. We are being told that the going wait for approval is between 30-45 days from receipt date. We are REALLY hoping to have an approval by July 9th. Our agency has told us that IF we were able to get our approval by then, we could possibly get the remaining document sealed, our paperwork delivered to China and possibly be "locked in" in time for the August list to be released. You see, on the last Monday of every month, China releases a list to agencies of Orphans up for adoption. You have to have your dossier "logged in" with China, to make you eligible to find a match off of that month's list. We are really hoping that August will be OUR month to potentially find our Daughter. There is so much involved with the adoption process. Lots of hoops to jump through, lots of waiting and LOADS of prayer. This journey to find our little girl is teaching us patience, like never before.