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!