We are so happy to have Grandma D on this trip with us. It was a bit of a last minute decision, and we are so glad that she made it. Jason and I really thought we could do this trip alone. We were completely wrong. It would have been awful without Grandma. First, she has been a wonderful moral support for me. She is the one that I want there for all major life events, and clearly this is one of them. Also, she's been a great help with Ellie. For example, right now Max is taking a nap and Grandma has Ellie in her room playing and coloring so that Max can have some quiet and we can have some downtime. Also, with all of the paperwork, we would have never gotten through it without Grandma to keep the kids occupied. Finally, Max has already realized how special Grandmas are. He and Grandma D have a couple of special games that they play already. And, he knows that if he wants something, especially a treat, Grandma is the go to gal. We're so glad you came Grandma D.
So, you're wondering what it takes to adopt from China - Here's what we've been doing for the past two years. October 2007 - We first seriously investigate adopting from China November 2007 - We sign up with our first adoption agency December 2008 - The paperchase begins We gather passport photos and copies of our passports, photos of our family and home, a letter of petition to adopt, our birth certificates, our marriage certificate, medical reports from our physicians, letters from our employers, a financial declaration, local background checks, and 5 letters of reference January of 2008 - We have our first homestudy February 2008 - We file our paperwork with immigration March 2008 - We get our immigration paperwork back and send everything off to the Secretary of State and then to the Chinese Consulate in Chicago to be certified and authenticated April 2008 - Our finalized dossier is sent to our agency and then on 4/22 to China May 8 2008 - We receive our first log in date (LID) May 2008 - We finalize our decision to adopt from the waiting child program and get on our agency's list July 2008 - Our agency loses access to the waiting child list from China July 2008 - February 2009 - We wait February 2009 - We make the decision to sign on with another agency and immediately are matched with our son. Februar 16, 2009 - We send a letter of intent (LOI) to adopt him. February 23, 2009 - We receive pre-approval (PA) to adopt our son Now we scramble to reassemble updated copies of the same information we assembled in December of 2008 and we update our homestudy. March 2009 - We resend everything to get certified and authenticated. March 21, 2009 - Our second completed dossier is sent to China and our original dossier is withdrawn March 30, 2009 - Our LID (log in date) April 14, 2009 - We find out our LID