Monday, August 27, 2007

Its been two years...

It was two years ago this month that Joe and I submitted our application to adopt. The other day I was looking back at when I started this blog and had to chuckle when I read my 2nd post. Here it is, but shortened up...

Friday, September 09, 2005
Our progress so far...

For those of you who don't know about the adoption process, I'll sum it up in one word....LONG! There are multiple documents... Actually, the paperwork is all very easy, it's just the waiting while the government agencies do their thing that is the hard part.

We submitted our application on August 8th. It's been a month since we applied and we already have most of our documents completed...

If all goes well, we are hoping to be DTC by January 1st. After we are DTC, then our dossier is translated into Chinese and we are LID. At that point, it's about a 7 month wait until we receive our referral, then about 8 weeks or so until we make the long journey to get baby Lauren. It's going to be a long road ahead, but we have an amazing reward waiting for us in China!

Of course, we would have NEVER guessed at the time what kind of wait we were actually in for. The funny part is that we still don't know now, two years later!

My best, realistic guess is that we may see our referral this time next year. I know, it's hard to image this scenario, but this WILL be the case if the CCAA stays at their current pace. If they pick up the pace, we'll see our referral sooner...it's that simple.

It's hard to believe that there is only three months between the current referred through date of 11/21/05 and our LID of 2/17/06, but it could actually take 12 months to get to ours!

8 comments:

Doris & Dan said...

I get a chuckle reading past posts.

So little time on paper...such a long wait.

Keep smilin!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Lets hope that they speed up...
I have faith..
You will see Lauren SOON...
Take care
Kim

sooze66 said...

It is crazy! The hardest part is explaining how this works to the rest of the world! Let's hope that things speed up soon!!!
Suz LID 3/27/06

Maggie & Billy said...

I remember the begining of my journey also. I told everyone that within 6-7 months we'd have a picture to share. Explaining is very difficult especially to those that have thier own views on China and how it all comes down to the politics.

Diana said...

To bad you can not buy a China Adoption Speedup on Ebay as you have been the QUEEN of Ebay this weekend:)
I am praying there is a speed up for all of you. Our little short wait for Korea was *ell so I can not imagine how you must feel.
Diana

Lisa and Tate said...

I'm right there with you kiddo! I just keep thinking things have got to speed up!!!

Hugs
Lisa

Janet said...

sigh. Hoping things speeeeeeeed up!

Shelley said...

Unbelievable!

I know this is so hard for you and your family ...as well as those of us who want nothing more that for Lauren to be with you today.

Hang in there. And focus on IS that amazing day toward the end of the line when you hold Lauren's sweet little picture in your hands. It all becomes real then. And all this "waiting pain" starts to melt away.

Here's to that day!