Yes, more waiting. Since we have our referrral now, many are asking well when do you get her. Good question. We can guess and estimate, but I mostly depends on CCCWA(Chinese Welfare Assoc.) and US Immigration. From our best estimate we are likely to travel the end of December or in January. We we love to travel right now - YES, but we can pray that our paperwork in the fast lane on someone's desk.
Here is the run down of our next few steps. We are now waiting on an email from CCCWA telling us we have been officially approved(LOA or RA). They will then FedEx us the official paperwork for us to sign and send back signifying that we want our little girl. After this, we will send more paperwork to back Immigration (I-800) and applying for her visa. We will also be applying for our visas to travel to China. Once we get approval from this, we will be waiting on official travel approval (TA). When all of this is done - we get plane tickets and travel with the next group going. All of us are going - leave as a family of 4 and come home as Dear PARTY OF FIVE!!
It is hard waiting, but it will be worth it when we see her. When we receive official approval, I will be posting pictures. Our agency is currently working on getting us updated ones. Some have asked if we will be able to contact her before we get her. We will be able to send care packages after we receive our RA.
We are currently trying to decide on her name. While we have been calling her "Allison" to give us someone to pray for, it doesn't fit with her Chinese name. We are keeping her Chinese name (it is too cute) and giving her a middle name. Some we are tossing around - Hope, Katherine, Elizabeth, Lane, and a few others. We do have to decide before we fill out her visa ap. Noel thought of making a fundraiser out of naming her, but I'm not too sure.
Praying for "Allison" .