Monthly Archives: May 2012





This is a huge step in the adoption process. All the months of collecting data, getting everything notarized, certified and authenticated……goes to China. It’s almost a dream that this is, indeed happening. We now will wait for China to log us in, the LID to all the adoptive parents. It’s taken me ages to learn all this lingo. But the biggie is the LOA – letter of acceptance from China where we can officially agree that Yu Fen is our daughter. But, it’s only a formality because she has been my daughter since the day I saw her picture and file.

With lots of love and prayers, we sent our dossier off!

Of course I have to document all these events. George loved the one of us sending the package at the post office. 🙂

Here’s what the China authentication seal looks like:



Here’s the kind of pictures crazy adoptive parents take to document their journey. The post office workers thought I was crazy until I explained the reason. Then they all cheered!



Please continue to pray for us on this journey – to be prepared in many way and to provide all the funds to bring her home.

Secretary of State Certifications done!!


So, one of the big things in the adoption process is getting to the point where you can get everything certified. This means that tomorrow all of our paperwork AND our passports are on their way to our courier for the Chinese Consular in Chicago!!! Our courier will hand everything over in person Monday morning and everything should be done within a week…..AND THEN OFF TO CHINA EVERYTHING GOES!!!!!!! Then the waiting game starts.


Here’s one of our documents below! 🙂



I800A approval and adoption garage sale


In the adoption world, we just made 1 big step towards bringing Yu Fen home. May 3rd we heard from our Hague officer at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (aka homeland security) that our I800A application was approved, so now we have both the approval of Illinois and the USA for us to go forward to adopt from China!! I’m waiting to get the official form in the mail, so we can get our dossier ready. Everything has to be certified by the Secretary of State (which is thankfully in Springfield) and then we’re going to use a courier to get the paperwork authenticated by the Chinese consular in Chicago. Then off to China goes everything!!! We’ve been told it can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 4 months to get the LOA = letter of acceptance – the OFFICIAL acceptance letter from China that we are adopting Yu Fen. From this point, it will probably be a few months until we’re China bound!!! Praying this happens quickly! I don’t want Yu Fen without her family any longer!

We had a successful garage sale over the weekend. We brought in about $400! $400 more than we had before and one more small step towards our expenses. Thanks to everyone who helped and came by! We can’t do this without you!