Hello, May. I’ve got big expectations. Don't disappoint me.
This month is all about three little letters: DTC.
Otherwise known as Dossier to China. If we can be DTC this month it greatly increases the likelihood we can travel in October. It will still be highly unlikely for us to be with Piper on her birthday, but we could be there shortly thereafter. Tomorrow marks 6 weeks (42 days) of waiting for our I-800a (immigration) approval. And, basically, this is all we are waiting for. People are waiting between 44 and 58 days right now. Once we get our approval, we will rush it to the Secretary of State for authentication and immediately overnight it to the Chinese Consulate. Once there we will wait a very long week for it to be approved. Then, it will be overnighted- along with the rest of our dossier- to our agency. Once they have it they will check our entire dossier for any issues, and if there aren’t any, it will go to China (electronically, thankfully) that same day.
And I so, so want this to be in May. At this point, every day matters to help us to get to Piper sooner than later.
At that point, the bulk of our work ends, but the long, hard, completely-out-of-our-control wait begins.
I’m just reminding myself daily that God is completely in control. While I want so desperately to be with her right. now. God knows the timing, and He will not be late by a single day. I’m trying to embrace the waiting, enjoy my kids as much as possible while I can completely focus just on them, and just prepare our house and our hearts for this great gift coming our way.
Please pray with us that our immigration approval comes very, very soon.
And this month, let’s hope to celebrate those three all important letters: DTC!!!!