Sunday, February 17, 2008

2 year LIDversary...

Can you believe we've been waiting 2 years today??!! I would have never in a million years thought we would have been in this situation back in August 2005 when we were filling out our adoption application.

I was chatting with a mom at the Chinese New Year event yesterday (I'll post about the event later) who has two daughters. I was telling her that we have been waiting two years so far and she couldn't believe it. She said they waited 6 months for their 1st daughter and they thought it was torture when they waited 13 months for their 2nd. I kind of chuckled and thought to myself that a 13 month wait sounded fabulous to me!

How much longer do we need to wait?? Rumor Queen posted her projections recently and in a horrid case scenerio (referrals have been lingering between horrid case and bad case for a long while now) referrals through February 5, 2006, would be issued at the end of July. Our LID is Feb. 17th so we are not on her radar yet, but based on her projections I'm still hoping for September or October. This could still put us at having Lauren in our arms this year. I refuse to give up hope for this.

I was looking through our dossier documents the other day to be sure I had all our expiration dates down. Our fingerprints expire on 6/30/08, our homestudy update expires on 11/3/08, and our I-171H expires on 3/10/09. We'll have to redo our fingerprints again, which is not a big deal...it's just a hassle. Unless there's a surprise speed up, we'll need to update our homestudy as well. In that case, we can kiss $850 good-bye. This bums me out, because the money would be much better spent while in China. If our I-171h expires, it's just a matter of completing and sending in a new I-600A. We won't have to pay another fee, because we get one free renewal. We paid the 1st time we renewed this and about a week later they made the announcement about the free renewal. I guess timing is everything!

23 comments:

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Happy 2 years girly..
I know this is going to be a very long wait.. but I always look at the bright side...
Our little girls...
Hang in there... you will have Lauren by the end of the year...
Hugs to you..
Can't wait to see the pictures from this weekend..
I need to go to one of the events..
Just not to sure about it..
Have a Great Week..

Lisa and Tate said...

Happy 2 year.... 24 month LID. It just kills me when I hear people talk about waiting 6 months AND 13 months! I know that with a LID of the 17th of Feb YOU will be holding Lauren by the end of 2008.... Sooner I hope.......

Lisa

OH MY #6 said...

It is nasty for sure. I can't image how I will be feeling in another year. Keep your chin up.

Lea

Lili & Robin said...

Wouldn't Sept be great? An Autumn baby! Keep wishing and waiting! (that is my new mantra) -Lili

Joannah said...

I'm thinking this is your year!

:-)

Julie said...

Wow, I can't believe it. As long as Tess is old to the day. This is your year.

Somewhere In The Sun said...

Wow...your patience has surely grown over these 2 years. I know a family here who gave up and now the ones who were LID with them have their children home. I admire your stamina. What a joyous celebration it will be when we all see you with Lauren!

~Lynn

Alyson & Ford said...

What a long strange trip its been... and we've walked every step with you! Man, it has been crazy hasn't it?!

We hate to keep throwing money out for the US paperwork but then, since we don't control it, we've pretty much moved that out of mind. Before you know it - we'll all be China bound and have our Forever Day!!! You're doing great! Hang in there!

peace
fm

Catherine said...

You've reached a major milestone friend. Tough to think about but so happy to realize that you're 2 years closer to Lauren helps heal the hurts.

(((hugs))) Still hoping you'll see Lauren's picture in 2008 and even believe that you will hold her in your arms! Wahooo!!!!

M3 said...

Ahhh, 2 years down. A huge milestone, and definitely thinking that 2008 is your year!!

Sandy H. said...

I know by now we are all pros at all the paperwork. Just think how two years has flown by, I know they have for me, Now we are waiting on our ta for a waiting child.

Sandy

OziMum said...

Yes, I believe it ~ with every bit of my impatient being!!!

It sucks that you have to pay to redo all your "important bits". Thank heavens we don't do that here.

Anonymous said...

I am very proud of your patience so far, Aunt Donna. Two years! I certainly couldn't do that! Soon, you'll have Lauren in your arms and this long wait will only be a small memory. I hope I finally have a chance to meet another cousin soon!
Love,
Emily

Sophia's Mama said...

all I can say is hang in there you two are going to be great parents.

Love ya
Susan

Brandi said...

Don't give up hope...2008 IS your year!!!

Krista and Darrell said...

Happy 2 year LID!! That's a big milestone. We are not far behind. Ours will be in May. It's hard to believe we've waited this long and have so much more to wait. I hope you get Lauren in 2008 and hopefully we will get ours in summer of 2009 or sooner. Hang in there!
Krista

3D said...

2 years done!! Hard pill to swallow but small victories.

Keep smilin!

Shelley said...

Even though you're not on RQ's radar, you sure are on mine. I can't help get excited when I think about the incredible year you are going to have. Albeit late ...but it WILL be your year!!! I feel it in my bones. :)

xo,

Shell

Ava Baby said...

And, two years closer to Lauren! Yea!! You are so close now- hang in there.

Carol said...

Fall is a wonderful time to be in China...not too hot, not too cold....

You will love it!!!

Kelly & Sindy said...

It was great meeting you and your
Mom this weekend. I agree the fall
was beautiful in China!!! We had
wonderful weather in Sept.

I cant wait to see you get your
referral!! Happy 2-years Lid!!!

Sindy & Allie

Heather said...

Happy 2 year LID anniversary! I have my fingers crossed that you will meet Lauren in 2008!

PIPO said...

I can completely relate to this post.

At least we have reached a major milestone and I feel fairly safe saying we won't see three years before our daughters are referred.