October 29, 2010

Fingerprints done

Another milestone reached. Now to wait for the I797. Our mail has been tampered with two times this past week with no time to install a locking mailbox (due to phone lines), so please pray no one messes with our mail the day our form arrives.

One more step to China! Praying for quick mail and quick LID.

October 22, 2010


We have been blessed these last few weeks to have our daughter, her husband and our first grandchild up from Florida visiting us. We thought we better get a huge family picture done since our son and his wife we also in town and not out traveling like they do so often, and hubby's folks were up from New Mexico visiting. Of course we promptly wrote our son Titus a letter and send this family picture to him, along with a picture of the middle school he will be going to with his brother and another picture of hubby and I. I cannot brag enough about www.giftstochinawithlove.com they have been so wonderful in adding gifts to our packages, making sure our son gets our gifts and letters etc. I won't use anyone else to send gifts thats for sure.
We have our fingerprint appt next week. Word of caution for those using the Seattle USCIS: we went last week to try to do our prints walk in, which they say they accept. We waited two hours before they decided they were too busy to take us as a walk in. I was so mad I started crying. Oh well its the past, now we pray our actual appt comes quick and the I797 comes in quick. We need to get to China!
PS do you know how hard it is to get that many people to pay attention for a picture! My poor 6 yr old was crying right before it and mad she had to have her picture taken:)

October 15, 2010

Exciting Surprise!

Today was a good day! I opened my email to find that we had a letter from our son in China. Apparently the amazing people at http://www.giftstochina.com/ people had asked the orphanage the last time we sent a care package to have our son write us a letter. We had not asked for this or paid them to do this, but they were so sweet to ask, and the orphange so sweet to follow through!

It sounds as if our son has been dreaming of a forever family forever and can't wait until it actually happens to him. Another one of his friends at the orphanage is leaving for his forever family in Spain this week, so he is happy for him but sad he is still waiting. Of course he asked that we come as soon as we can. I just wish we could expedite the process so he wouldn't have to keep waiting. It must be hard for him to wait and watch his friends leave.

He says he thinks about us daily and that he wishes us (his mama and baba) good health and his brothers and sisters good studies. What a sweet boy. Thank you Jesus for Titus...may he be blessed with peace in his heart and mind knowing and never forgetting his family is working hard to come get him.

October 4, 2010

Fingerprint Appointment!!

I decided to be pushy and emailed the NBC to ask if they had scheduled our fingerprint appointment yet. The USCIS officer emailed back right away and said although we hadn't been assigned an officer to our case yet, we were scheduled for our appt on 29 Oct.

This is great news. I think we will try to go up to Seattle and see if they will take us as a walk in early. *we went up on 14 October, were told to take a seat, two hours later they said they wouldn't do our prints early!*

Hopefully we can get our I797 back asap and have our dossier off to China by early Nov.
The rest of our dossier is already at our agency being reviewed. I will feel better when it is all in China and we are waiting for the next step. If we are able to stay on this timeline we could travel anywhere from Mar-Jun. Earlier is always better:)