Today is day 51 of our wait for our Letter of Acceptance (LOA) – the official approval from China that we can adopt Cai Qun. If you have your pre-approval (PA) before you send your paperwork to China, then you count from your log-in date (LID), and average wait times for that process have been pretty consistently around 60 days. However, several people whose log-in date is 1 week before ours received their LOAs last week after waits of about 51-56 days…meaning that there is at least a chance that we would receive ours this week! I’m trying not to get my hopes up too high…but at the same time, I would so love for it to arrive any day!

Honestly, it was easier to wait before I knew that the arrival of our LOA was within the realm of reasonable possibility. I just knew it wasn’t coming yet – there were so many people whose paperwork had been in China before ours, and they were still waiting. And now…our LOA really could come any day (or, in theory, we could hear that China denies us approval, though everyone assures those of us waiting that this is extremely unlikely). And now I find myself wondering each day whether that will be the day and checking my phone just to make sure I haven’t missed anything.

Of course, for the past couple weeks, it seems that our agency has been getting their packet of LOAs for the week on Thursdays, but this week their offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving, so if we don’t receive our LOA before then, we’ll have to wait until at least next week. I’m praying that this week there is a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday delivery that includes an LOA for us!

Would you pray with me?

It’s an odd feeling – knowing that your life and the life of a precious little one living in an orphanage in China will be forever transformed by the decision of a government official in China, that they are potentially reviewing your paperwork right now and assessing your qualifications to adopt and making determinations about your family and your future.

I so want little Cai Qun to have a family, and I want to be her mommy! Please, God, give us favor in the eyes of the CCCWA as they review our file and determine our fitness to be her parents.

As an aside, I’ve been asked to share more about Cai Qun and about how we received her referral and started the process to move forward specifically seeking to adopt her. I’ve been thinking about what to share and how to share it for a while, and I think I’ll write more about that after we receive our LOA – so stay tuned 🙂

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