China has issued our Letter of Approval, which fully matches us as Connie's family. The only steps left include filing for Connie's immigration visa, signing and notarizing the official approval, waiting for the Chinese consulate to issue our travel approval, and being assigned an exact date to go pick up Connie. We will also have to get our travel visas and a few other things, but none of it pertains to our actual adoption. It's just travel related. Yay!
Our agency estimates we will travel in May. We are so excited! I have a feeling the next weeks will fly by as we prepare to bring her home.
We received updated pictures of Connie several weeks ago. She is so talented and beautiful.
I cannot wait to take her in my arms and tell her how much I love her and how proud I am to call her my daughter.
Even though we still have weeks ahead of us in this journey, I want to take a moment to thank all our friends and family and even people we do not know personally who have loved on us, supported us, and encouraged us during this process. It has been a difficult year but God has been SO faithful. He has provided for our needs. He healed our son Grant of terrible stomach and esophageal damage caused by a bacteria that took almost 1 1/2 years to eradicate. He preserved our lives when in a horrific interstate accident caused by a semi truck last May which totaled our car. He has provided the money for each step of the adoption so far, which is truly miraculous considering the huge medical expenses and accident loss that hit us at the same time we began this adoption. We fully trust He will provide for the final expenses. Our family has never experienced the love of God as we have this year. So many of you have been His instruments of love toward us and for each of you we are so thankful.
Please continue to pray for Connie and for our family. Thank you for sharing in our joy!!