June 21st – Griffin’s birthday
July 9th – Mae’s birthday
Oct 5th – Saw Little Miss’ Picture for the first time on a Show Hope Blog Post
Oct a few days after seeing Mae- Saw Little Mr’s Picture for the first time on a Show Hope Blog Post
Oct 16th – Emailed asking CCAI some questions about them and if we would qualify
Oct 29th- Emailed a Show Hope contact to inquire about their health
Nov 1st- Was told neither of their files were started in China yet
Dec -blogged and advocated for them:
Dec 6th – Filled out a family info sheet for CCAI- “just in case” =). Shed lots and lots of tears over them. Could not see ” a way” for us to adopt them. Began the process of grieving that reality.
Jan- Nov – emailed CCAI adoption agency periodically checking on them and the status of their files. Searched the monthly newletter from their care center looking for updates. Prayed for God to move mountains, sustain their health,and provide families for them (HA!!!!). God did move mountains during this time, but we were too scared to hope that might be what He was doing.
Nov 6th – Got a call from CCAI adoption agency offering us Mae Yossell’s file!!!!
Nov 6th – KNEW she was our daughter!!!!
Nov 7th – Reviewed her file with the doctor
Nov 8th – Told our family about her
Nov 12th – Sent in applications, and Our Letter of Intent (LOI) to adopt Mae
Nov 13th – Started sharing with family and friends
Nov 14th – LOI on its way to China, Applications approved, Her File is LOCKED for our family
Nov 14th – Went public via social media
Nov 20th – Received pre-approval from the CCCWA in China!!! Let’s get this party started!!!
March 3rd – Emailed CCAI our agency asking out Quentin
March 5th – Griffin “Fin” Quentin’s file was emailed to us!!!!
March 6th – Sent our Letter of Intent (LOI) to China to adopt Fin
March 10th – Home study approved and in hand!!!!!!! Major hurdle jumped!!!!!
March 11th – i800a sent to USCIS
March 17th – notice of receipt of i800a from USCIS
March 25th – Received pre-approval from the CCCWA in China for Fin!!!!
April 1st – USCIS biometric finger printing DONE
April 4th – USCIS i800a approval expedited based on a letter of medical necessity for Mae, but they made an error on the paperwork
April 15th – USCIS correct approval in hand AKA I800a approval/ I797
April 25th – Road trip to Nashville for Secretary of State Authentication
April 27th- Documents overnighted to Assistant Stork Courier in DC for U.S. State Department and Chinese Embassy Authentication
May 22nd- Dossier Docs to our agency in CO
May 30th – Dossier to China (DTC)
June 6th – Dossier logged into China’s system (LID)
June 19th – “Soft” emailed copy of Letter of Acceptance from China’s CCCWA (LOA)- We got our LOA ridiculously crazy fast b/c of a medical expedite. So thankful to get our kids home months faster!!!!!!!!!!
June 24th – “Hard” snail mailed copy of Letter of Acceptance from China’s CCCWA (LOA)
July 2nd – I800 approval
July 11th – NVC letter
July 14 – Article 5 dropped off
July 15 – Article 5 picked up (medical expedite)
July 21 – Travel Approval
July 28 – Depart for China
Aug 4 – Meet our sweet kiddos face to face!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 15 – HOME