Friday, January 29, 2010

WE HAVE LOA!!!

So I spoke to soon with my last post. We are happy to annouce that we received our letter of approval for our beautiful June Skye on January 25th, 2010. It looks like China signed it on the 21st of Jan and we got the call on Monday @ about 2pm. We are so ridiculously excited!!! That means in about 3 months we will have our second daughter! Next steps are filling out the I-800 paperwork for immigration (which I already did and overnighted to Texas on 1/26) then we wait for our approval, then it's cabled to Guangzhou National Visa Center, then we get a letter from NVC, Next we wait for out article 5 to be picked up and then we wait for our travel approval and consulate appointments and FINALLY it's off to China. This usually takes an average of 60-70 days but can vary widely (just like LOA wait).
The reality hit Shane and I Monday night that we are actually going to have 2 daughters. EEEKKK!! It's all REAL now and although very exciting I have to admit a bit scary also. There are just the unknowns that I sit and dwell on while we wait...like attachment, lack of sleep for us for awhile, will she like us, will she allow us to comfort her during her grieving process, how will Jaili react, will Jaili feel left out, how do we fit 2 kids in our queen size bed : )  , how's June's eyesight and her strabismus (lazy eye), when do we schedule her eye doctor appointment (which reminds me I need to call our insurance about referral to Casey Eye Institute in Portland), how are we going to get together $3000 more for travel in 3 months, anywho the list goes on and on.I was awake several times last night thinking about it all. I know it's all going to work out great but like I said I have 3 months to obsess about it right now. I just need to remember that this is God's plan and through him all things are possible.
 On a side note we are so grateful to Jaili and June's Auntie Shannon. She will be traveling to Oregon from Texas and then off to China with us to help with everything. That is a big relief and will help us out so much. Huge blessing for us and she is REALLY excited to go also.
We are also trying to decide if we should go to Beijing again or just to Nanchang and then Guangzhou. It is going to be less expensive to go to just Nanchang and Guangzhou but on the other hand Jaili and Shannon (ok and Shane and I) are excited to see the great wall and all the sites of Beijing. Jaili girl talks about it alot and it would be nice to have a few days to relax and cruise around before we got Miss June. Anywho, we cannot wait to meet our newest addition.
We also received 6 new pictures of June on the 25th. I will try and post all of them, I keep having issues getting the pictures on blogger right now. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. They keep wanting to end up all over the page or not post at all. So in the pictures she is wearing about 7 layers of clothes and has some sweet boogers in her nose (I did try to retouch them out). Our Holt director Beth (who is absolutely awesome BTW) said it was very cold where June is (Jiangxi) right now and the houses are concrete with no heat, so hence the 5 bazillion layer, the red cheeks and green boogers.
Hope you enjoy the new photos of June. I think they are all on there, even though it's not set up very well

8 comments:

Bailey said...

Oh my gosh!!! I have been waiting for you to post that you received LOA (I saw it posted over at the Holt boards :o)). I am so excited for you. And, those photos... she looks so happy in them. Wow! Congratulations on the great news and getting so much closer to bringing her home.

Myya said...

Awe she is a beauty! So exciting for all of you. Hope your travels are blessed with safety & much much happiness!!! :)

Shirlee McCoy said...

Yay! What wonderful news!

tonya said...

...Oh my gosh Im soooo excited for you. The pics are beautiful even though I was hopeing they would grow hr hair out. I mean its cold let her grow some hair.. Right? Man yall have to do so much after loa now just to get your ta. But thats okay. Oh and all moms with 1 child and one on the way has those same fears. When i was fixen to have my 2nd I was so worried that the 1st would not like the new one, Did I really have enough love to give to that 2nd one when I loved the 1st so much.. Trust me it will be okay. You will love her and her sister will love her and how could she not love yall. Oh and i would so go to Beijing again...

Tim, Danielle & Keith Hamm said...

Tim and I are very excited for you and look forward to meeting June when she comes home!

tonya said...

Look how long that childs eye lashes are!

Harp Mama said...

I really appreciate reading your blog as our family is DTC Feb. 2 and the countdown you kept helps me be realistic about how long things are going to take.

I saw the photos of your adorable girls and I was so excited to see someone adopting a daughter who appears to have albinism. I am a dermatologist (MD skin specialist) and am adopting from the Waiting Child program (my daughter has visual issues requiring multiple surgeries, glasses, and long-term vision therapy). I was glad to see that you are already thinking about your daughter's visual issues. I would also advise establishing care early on with a pediatric dermatologist with regard to skin issues. There are also a couple of conditions that look like albinism but are a bit different. Knowing China, they likely already looked into those things and her diagnosis is well known. Anyway, even if you live in a cloudy area, photo-protection is critical Winter and Summer to avoid skin cancers later in life as well as eye damage. Vitamin D supplementation is also something they should discuss in detail.

Sorry for the unsolicited medical thoughts but I was so thrilled to see your two daughters and I can't wait to hear that the family has been brought together. Congrats on your LOA!
-Karin

Harp Mama said...

I really appreciate reading your blog as our family is DTC Feb. 2 and the countdown you kept helps me be realistic about how long things are going to take.

I saw the photos of your adorable girls and I was so excited to see someone adopting a daughter who appears to have albinism. I am a dermatologist (MD skin specialist) and am adopting from the Waiting Child program (my daughter has visual issues requiring multiple surgeries, glasses, and long-term vision therapy). I was glad to see that you are already thinking about your daughter's visual issues. I would also advise establishing care early on with a pediatric dermatologist with regard to skin issues. There are also a couple of conditions that look like albinism but are a bit different. Knowing China, they likely already looked into those things and her diagnosis is well known. Anyway, even if you live in a cloudy area, photo-protection is critical Winter and Summer to avoid skin cancers later in life as well as eye damage. Vitamin D supplementation is also something they should discuss in detail.

Sorry for the unsolicited medical thoughts but I was so thrilled to see your two daughters and I can't wait to hear that the family has been brought together. Congrats on your LOA!
-Karin