We have hit a major milestone.
Our Article 5 was issued today.
Which probably doesn’t mean a whole lot to most of y’all.
But it’s a pretty big deal in the world of adoption.
It’s the step right before TA, which happens right before you get your CA, which happens right before you buy your plane tickets, lose sleep from the excitement and begin to recklessly over-pack.
In other words, it means that we are one big step closer to bringing Miss Poppy G home.
Honestly, we are heaving a huge sigh of relief because, before today, we were not sure our USC1S issue was resolved.
And today, with news of our Article 5, we are expecting to be in China in 8 weeks.
Makes my tummy do flip flops.
I can so not wait to hold that little bundle of cuteness in my arms.
Kirstie Bikakis says
Yay! Congratulations!!! (:
I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! YAAAYYY!!!
(and thanks for giving us a time frame… makes it easier to see how this step is a HUGE deal!!) Can’t wait to see pictures of that sweet little doll being held by YOU. 🙂 🙂
The other little girl in the pic is darling! I hope she has a forever family coming to get her too. 🙂
Congratulations! A big step closer!
What exciting news, and yes, this is a HUGE step! Cannot wait to see your beautiful Poppy in your arms, you have waited long enough! Can’t wait to see her smile too!!! Congratulations on a big step!! We are in that reckless overpacking planning mode now too!
So exciting, and yes a HUGE step.
She is SO adorable.
While your at it, could you just bring her little friend home for me???
Congrats on the Article 5!! Will pray for a speedy TA! I too can’t wait to see Poppy in your arms!!
Hooray! Thanks for sharing your great news!
So excited for you – what wonderful news!
Yayyy!! That’s great news, congratulations!
HOORAY! You are getting so close to your sweet Poppy!
wooo hooooooooooooo! i so remember that wait from A5 to TA…. lots of eating going on there!!!! I hope you only have a 10-12 wait and that there’s no CA back-up.
i hear China is lovely in August.;)
YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So happy for you and for Poppy!!!
Hopefully, I am making this announcement next week too!!!
Congrats on being one milestone away from your precious girl!!!!
So happy for you!!! PTL!!! Please pray with us that we’ll receive our LOA soon (we’re on day 68 waiting)!!!
Yay!!! Praise the Lord! Enjoy the moment and soak it all in. 🙂
Nicole A. says
YAY! So happy for you! Your girlie needs to come home! I can’t wait for you to finally meet her and hug her and welcome her into your family!
(And her cute little friend ~ how precious, too!)
All the best,
Nicole A., now in LA
Hip hip hooray!!!
Amy Meeker says
YeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeHaaaaaaaaw!!!!! From T-E-X-A-S!
PS-We were just matched with a PRECIOUS special needs baby girl in China!!!!! Our son is from Korea so all this LOA, CA, TA, etc………… I have no idea what it means yet!
Yippee I’m so excited!
martha b. says
oooh la la….God is an on time God!
I never knew, still don’t, what the Article 5 actually is… All I knew was it meant one LAST wait for that TA! 🙂 I pray for a speedy quick,, breaking all the records, TA for you!
Lee Ann says
Wahoo!!! Can’t wait till you have this sweet little girl home!! 🙂
Fantastic news!! Hope it’s sooner than 8!!
Oh that face!! That sweet face of Poppy’s!! SOOOO CUTE!!
I cannot wait to see that precious little face smile!!
Of course that will be after the look of terror as she faces… the blond woman!
JK- thank goodness all is well quickly! After all who can deny LOVE!!
So very exciting!
WHAT WONDERFUL NEWS!
Congrats – I know you and your whole family must be very, very excited!
Such wonderful news!!! So happy for you all!
Cannot wait to see the beautiful Miss Poppy is her Mama’s arms…forever!
What a relief! Congratulations on this next step. Can’t wait to see you hold that bundle of cuteness.
Andrea T. says
Hooray!! Such wonderful news! 🙂 So happy for you! August in GZ is super hot but it’s still better than winter in Beijing. 🙂
that’s so good to hear!
FANTASTIC NEWS!!! Hooray!!! WOW! 8 weeks?!!! How cool is that!!!
Will be so so nice to have wee Poppy in your arms.
Yay!!! I’m so thrilled for you. I cannot wait to see the photos of you holding BEAUTIFUL Poppy in your arms! Congratulations!
You know that that gets ….
Start packing now – and I’ll bet you be in country in 6 weeks – home well before the start of school!!
hugs – snoopy dance –
aus and co.
Sharon Ward says
Congratulations! I hope you get TA soon!
Congratulations. That’s very exciting. I’ve followed you on and off for several years, so several adoptions now. I am curious, and I really do mean no disrespect-you are a great mother and your love for your children is amazing; but do you think you’re done after Poppy? I can’t imagine how hard it is to make sure every child gets time with you alone. the logistics of getting them all in a car is mind boggling to me!
Is there a point where you say ok that’s really it or is there always a ‘just one more’ in your heart?
I hope you get to Poppy in 8 weeks or less. She’s just beautiful.
Valerie A. says
What a blessing to receive! The photo of your sweetpea and her friend is so precious. I could just about frame it and they are not even my daughters! It emminates so much in how it is captures a moment in time. I love the tender way the little one seems to be encouraging Poppy–the touch on her sleeve … those soulful eyes that Poppy has in response … the little guiding lean and of course the hand of the care-giver supporting. Are you sure you didn’t fly there and take the photo because it sure looks pretty wonderful! I look forward to your travel and reading about real stories behind those beautiful eyes. And it will be before school starts! Kick-butt! (Can I say that on here?)
* I wore my SO LOVED T-shirt yesterday btw–must send that photo as an encouragement to you I am reminded! I do love that Tee and all that it stands for. I pray that your travels will be filled with much, much love and not too much bitter sweetness in missing Esther. You will carry her in your heart I know.
YAY:) She is so stinkin’ cute!! 🙂
Congrats!!! Who’s Poppy’s gal pal next to her? She’s A D O R A B L E! Has the face of cute little Pikachu!!! I hope she finds her forever family too!
I’ll be hoping for the “or less” option (praying too)
janet, kevin, ted, philip, and elijah says
Good news for you about your Article 5. We are a step behind you once more as we await our Article 5. Just sent in our DS-230 this week. You may not remember this, but with your last two adoptions we were just a step behind you on each. We, too, are an MAW family, and our Journey to Philip is just after your Journey to Shepherd. It was your Journey to Jude and Linny’s journey to her Isaiah that led us to look at special needs and boys, and look where we went – two amazing little sons to love already home and waiting for our sweet daughter later this summer.
Praying for your family as you prepare to travel in this joyous, and yet bittersweet, time for you all.
Hugs from our family to yours,
janet, kevin, ted, philip, elijah, and awaiting sophia yilin
congrats! she is sooooooooooo cute!
Such wonderful news!! I am so happy for you and so excited to see Poppy with her wonderful family soon. I cannot get over how adorable she is and the other little one with her is so precious too!!
WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait till you can hold that bundle of cuteness in your arms forever!!!!!!!!!!!
YAY!!! Glad you got confirmation! You are SO CLOSE now! I predict 6 weeks not 8 weeks!
She really needs her Momma to scoop her up! I know you know, but I’m just sayin’
What a huge sigh of relief!!! Are you pinching yourself?? :)) CONGRATULATIONS!!!! HUGE NEWS for y’all today!!! The lil peanut with your daughter is PRECIOUS too!!!