Here it is, in all it’s agonizingly long glory…
11/01/08 ~ learn about WACAP from my friend Anne (whose in China now!)
11/15/08 ~ ask Chris about adopting again, he kindly says, “no”.
1/27/09 ~ learn more about WACAP’s subsidies for SN kiddos
1/30/09 ~ we see our girl on a list at WACAP
2/02/09 ~ our LOI is on it’s way to CCAA
2/03/09 ~ Vivienne’s file is officially locked
2/06/09 ~ first HS visit
2/07/09 ~ send off state clearances
2/08/09 ~ last HS visit
2/09/09 ~ order new birth and marriage certificates
2/11/09 ~ 1st state clearance back
2/12/09 ~ PRE-APPROVAL!
2/14/09 ~ 2nd state clearances back
2/17/09 ~ 3rd and 4th state clearances back
2/18/09 ~ labs drawn for physicals
2/25/09 ~ 5th state clearances back
2/27/09 ~ Chris’ physical done
3/07/09 ~ my physical done
3/21/09 ~ final state clearances back. at last.
3/31/09 ~ i800A application on it’s way
4/17/09 ~ last dossier doc collected
4/24/09 ~ fingerprinted
5/08/09 ~ word from USCIS of a potential setback
5/20/09 ~ finally word that our approval was on the way!
5/22/09 ~ USCIS approval
6/05/09 ~ DTC, baby!
6/22/09 ~ LID!
6/27/09 ~ moved out of our old home
7/31/09 ~ moved into our new home
8/05/09 ~ new homestudy update started
9/10/09 ~ LOA at day 80!
9/14/09 ~ homestudy update completed
9/25/09 ~ homestudy update sent to USCIS, finally!
10/14/09 ~ word from USCIS that they need more evidence
10/19/09 ~ approval processed and on it’s way!
10/23/09 ~ I800 paperwork and new approval will be on their way to USCIS!
11/09/09 ~ I800 approval!
11/17/09 ~ I800 cabled from NVC to Guangzhou
12/04/09 ~ Article 5!
Oh my gosh. I’m exhausted just writing this timeline up… this has been quite the journey to our Vivienne. I have been asked in the past how long a special needs adoption takes and typically, the answer is around 9 months. Ours have ranged from 8 to 10 months. Well, not this time. And we’ve been bustin’ our hineys ever since we saw her face last January. Sometimes your timing just isn’t His timing. And this has been one of those times.
So, to clarify where we are right now, I’ll need to explain where we’ve been for the last, oh, month and a half or so. We’ve been nowhere. Not moving *forward* at all. Because we needed a new homestudy update, and a new approval from USCIS, our China paperwork has been at a complete and utter standstill. We are not one day closer to TA than we were the day we received our LOA. A month and a half ago.
Yeah, it’s been a hard pill to swallow. But that’s the deal, and I’m not going to complain. Because complaining would be questioning God’s goodness, God’s timing and God’s provision. And I know He can be trusted on all three counts. So I’m certain that there is one, if not many, very wonderful reasons for this delay. Maybe Vivi isn’t quite ready to make the transition yet? Maybe I’m not ready to make the transition yet?
Or maybe I’m going to meet up in China with someone He specifically intended? (who’s gonna be in China around the beginning of the year?)
So really, who knows why? All I know is it’s gonna be all good once she is finally home: the timeline, the waiting, the work, the waiting, the wondering, the waiting… it will all melt away.