Monday, June 18, 2012


What a coincidence that we would get our Letter of Approval (LOA) on Evan's birthday and our Travel Approval (TA) today...on Rick's birthday!  What gifts! :)   It looks like many people are getting their TA today but the interesting thing is travel dates are all over the place for those people- some leaving as early as June 28th, many leaving the week of the 4th, and it looks like the Lifeline crew and a few others are leaving the week after that- around the 12th-13th, once it is confirmed.  Our agency rep said Consultate Appointments (CAs) were booked until the week of July 23rd- earliest available.   We thought we'd leave right after the 4th, but we are just so thankful to have TA and to know we will finally be going to China to bring Lena home!  Looks like our gotcha day could be on the 16th (15th here at home- Elijah and Jonah's birthday).  That would be one year and about a week from the date we submitted our Letter of Intent (LOI) to adopt Lena!  The time has finally come!!

Now to get packing, booking tickets, preparing things around the house and for the kids we are leaving at home, setting up who is watching them when...the list goes on!

What a great day...would be even better if Rick was home with us to celebrate, but we'll celebrate over the phone!


  1. Yay!!! Now it will all happen so quickly! Before you know it Lena will be in your arms :)

    We leave on the 4th so it looks like we'll just miss each other by a week. Bummer, so close!

  2. Looking forward to seeing her with your crew!! :)

  3. Congratulations on TA!!! What a blessing! I would love to talk to you about a child you advocated for on Advocate boards. Blessings!

  4. I can't wait to follow along and see Fuzhou! I met my daughter there in 2002!! I'm so excited for you!!