though our adoption is actually taking place in 2004-2005, the
process began in our hearts back in 2000
when we decided to adopt from China. It
was shortly after this decision was made that we knew
our daughter would be named Lydia. We
had the "who", "what" "where" and "why",
but were still waiting on the "when."
The "when" came
shortly after moving to our current place of residence. Our lives
had been in transition with Jonathan's return to college and
subsequent career change, but with life settling down, we decided
to begin the process shortly after Jonathan's birthday in April.
Paperwork and More Paperwork!
The next days, weeks and months involved acquiring forms and
documents, filling them out, getting them notarized and authenticated
and mailing them everywhere from Virginia to Chicago to Houston.
This process, for the most part, went pretty smooth thanks to our
adoption agency and some very helpful
people along the way (thanks Janet and Dr. Meador). All the documents
gathered together comprised
our dossier, which was sent to China on November 5th and logged
in at the China Center of Adoption Affairs on November 10th.
Lydia’s referral on May 23rd (Lydia's picture
and information) and were given travel approval on June 20th. We
will be leaving July 14th and returning July 29th!
To say that
we are excited is an understatement! We can't wait to get our
girl and bring her back home with us. In the meantime, we
are filling our days with shopping and getting our home ready
for the newest member of our family!