An invisible red thread connects those that are destined to meet,regardless of time,place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break.~Ancient Chinese Proverb

Friday, December 28, 2012

Moving Closer!!

Well, we made some big progress in our steps towards bringing our little Miss home!!
Our last Homeland Security was approved back before Christmas and was forwarded to the NVC (National Visa Center). This week we were issued a GUZ number and emailed our file from them, and they have now forwarded our case to the Embassy in Guangzhou, China. This in adoption terms, is known as our Article 5 drop-off. We had hopped it would be dropped off to the Embassy today, but since it is already Saturday in China, and the Embassy there will close for our New Years holiday, it may not be until next Wednesday or Thursday until it is dropped off. It will remain there for exactly 14 days, and then picked up. Think I have that date circled on my calendar???? You bet!!!. Once our Article 5 is picked up in China...we are officially waiting on Travel Approval (which takes another 2 weeks)...Bottom line...we are a little more than 4 weeks away from having Travel Approval!!Insert happy dance here!!
I have been all about the signs along the way in this process..and when I started calculating when we may finally be holding our little girl, I did the math and realized that it will come very close to the 1 year mark, from we first officially began this journey....
This has been a long process, but one that I knew God had his hands on the whole time...guiding us every step of the way. He led us TO it and will see us THROUGH it...and we are so close.
We sent off our last official care package to our girl. It should have made it to her by now and we hope she is getting to hold some of the very things we have held...

We even had a photo collage made with our photos on it for the Orphanage Workers to hang over her crib!
We have met a sweet family who is very close to receiving their Travel Approval and will be traveling sometime in January to bring their little girl home. their little girl is in the same room in the same Orphanage as our little girl, and so this family has offered to take a little something from us and give to her...what a gift!!! They have also offered to take some photos of her, if they are allowed. And so, right after the New Year, I will be packing up some really sweet things for them to deliver to my little girl...oh, how I can't wait for this new friend of mine to lay eyes on our girl!!