Thursday, January 03, 2008

This is not good...

I knew today wasn't going to be good when I saw my coffee cake was pissed off this morning. I guess someone was trying to clue me in to the CCAA web-site update of a measly five days worth of LID's!

(This is not really my photo, but I thought it was just perfect for today.)

Five days worth of files matched up over the past month. I have some really choice words for how I feel about this, but want to keep it clean.

Referrals are creeping along so slowly that I can't help but wonder if they are grinding to a halt. The rumors of no referrals being issued around the Olympics is really starting to scare me and the low number of referrals just seems to support them winding down.

There is absolutely no reason I can imagine to cause this kind of slow down. It is quite obvious to me that China has made a conscious decision to drastically reduce the number of children leaving China. I'm assuming they feel it looks bad to be referring out large numbers of children while the spotlight is on them during the Olympics, but good God, that's still eight months away!

If this is going to be the pace for the next eight months, they would only get through January 29th LID's by August referrals (40 calendar days). We are 60 calendar days away, so that would be a December referral. This is based on five days per month and assuming they don't actually stop issuing referrals for the Olympics.

The very idea of being only 60 calendar days away from a referral and having the very real possibility of this actually taking another year makes me physically sick. I feel our dream of a 2008 referral slipping away, and I was SO hopeful about the new year until reality slapped me in the face this morning.

23 comments:

i-Con said...

Yep, I DO feel your pain. A huge 'ouch' it is.

As for the coffee cake? Better 'pissed off' than 'pissed on' ;0)

Eliza2006 said...

That stinks! It's so early in the year. don't let your 2008 dream fade just yet.

Tiffany

M3 said...

5 days?! That just sucks -- no way around it. I'm so sorry.

Lisa and Tate said...

Ughhhhh!!! Nothing more to say...

Janet said...

I'm so sorry, Donna. It just.....sucks.

Shelley said...

O. M. G. !!

OziMum said...

I hear ya. Your muffin pic reflects my face!!!

Somewhere In The Sun said...

Donna, I'm so sorry. It's so hard to go through this wait and each setback makes it that more difficult. I'll be praying for you.

~Lynn

redmaryjanes said...

Donna,
I just know that you are going to have your baby home this year. I just know it. It is awful to see this lack of progress every month, heartbreaking. Hang in there, you are close. I heard that the CCAA said they would start processing 2 week batches this year, so my heart is hanging on seeing a BIG batch come in next month. If not, you'll need to come over to my blog and pull me out of deep hole my heart will be hiding in.

Big Hug to your Mom. Love her. I love her new icon when she leaves comments. I feel like she is my adopted blogland Mom.

Happy New Year to all of you.

Lili & Robin said...

Feeling your pain. This is so depressing. We have to hold on to hope!!! I still think you guys have a good shot for 2008. hang in there.

-Lili

Christie said...

Man, I can't even be Cherry Sunshine for you either - I feel the same way. If I wasn't adopting a son simultaneously, I think I would throw myself off the highest cliff. He's the only reason I can stand not to completely lose it.

Gosh, even saying "hang in there" seems so hard for me. Just know that I know and I get it, and I agree with you 100%. This is getting harder every month.

Youch.

Hugs friend

Kayce said...

I don't know what to say except keep the faith. It's hard though! Our agency told the March LIDs that we've got at least 15-17 MORE months ahead. 2008 is definitely out for us...2009! That makes ME SICK! I want to give up, but my dh says we must keep the faith.

Sending hugs to you!

Carol said...

I'm hoping maybe it was the end of the year funk and no one in China got much done....maybe next month will bring a change.

15 more months for March is just flipping unreal!!!

So sorry you are going thru this............

Sophia's Mama said...

Donna I am with you sick of waiting but keeping the faith that when we have our girls we will know why we waitied. Hang in there

Hugs
Susan

Jacquie said...

Sigh. Thinking of you.

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

You will have Lauren home this year...
Keep you chin up girly...
I think they will speed up...
Hang on.. she is coming..
Hugs to you

Melissa said...

Donna,
I wish I had the words to take your pain away. I don't because I fell your pain every day. You will have Lauren home and you are meant to be a mother to a little girl in China. Stay strong. Lauren needs you!!

Cora said...

The picture is so fitting and I know how the coffee cake feels. I know you have heard it a thousand times but hang in there it will happen. We are pulling for you.

Cora & Jim

Heather said...

Yep - that coffee cake says it all...it's hard to pull my heart out of the sludge after seeing the small number of days processed this month. I think I did the math and came up with something like 50-60 more months for us to wait. I can't even wrap my head around it. I'm in total denial. Hang in there - what else can we do?

Mayken said...

Hang in there, chica! It will happen. It will!
Blessings,
janice

Kelly & Sindy said...

Donna,

Ditto what's been said !!! I am
so sorry that you are hurting
now. I just dont understand why
Someone cant tell the entire
China adoption community what's
really going on!!!! I just know
you will have your angel Lauren
Elizabeth home in 2008. Remember
in China 8 is the lucky #####

Give me a call, so we can have
lunch. I know Allie would love
to meet you too!!!!

Sindy

OH MY #6 said...

Its HAS to speed up at some point!

Lea

Susan & Matt said...

I am so sorry for you. I can't imagine what your wait is like. We got our Mia just before the long waits start LID 1/2005 & gotcha 9/2005. Hopefully one day something happens and one month will go at a time again.

Susan