We received an exciting bit of news from our agency today. The e-mail message began like this:
"Congratulations are in order for the newest set of parents of some of the most beautiful little girls! It was with great pleasure that we sent the acceptances of your referrals to the China Center of Adoption Affairs on Friday, October 13, 2006. We hope to receive the travel approvals in 2-3 weeks, after which time we can request the United States Consulate appointment and appointments with the local provincial officials in China."
This is a key step in the process: We have to have our travel approval before we can request that important consulate appointment, and the timing of our consulate appointment determines the timing of our trip. So once we get our travel approval, things should move very quickly.
That brings me to my second bit of good news: Travel approvals began arriving today for people who received referrals the same week we did. Those folks sent off their acceptances almost immediately and waited about 2 1/2 weeks for TA. That's pretty quick, but it's even more remarkable when you realize that the CCAA was closed one of those weeks for a national holiday.
So our paperwork is in the mail; this step of the process has begun. And while we've become experienced at waiting, we're hoping we won't need to call on that experience this time. Keep good thoughts for us that we'll have news very soon!