Our dossier left for China last Friday, the 20th ("DTC") and it was delivered by our agency yesterday, the 24th. We now wait for the all important Log In Date ("LID"). With this date, we can then be matched either from the shared list that China puts out once a month for agencies (this is the list where Bella's file came from) or from an agency specific file that is designated "LID only". There are essentially 3 ways we can be matched ... LID only agency specific files, shared list that all agencies see once a month or from a Special Focus child file that is sent to our agency. Typically these kiddos have multiple or more severe special needs.
It is a lot of hurry up and wait with adoption and PATIENCE (which I don't have)! :-) Our prayer currently is that we will receive our LID, we will be matched quickly with Eli and then will get a speedy Letter of Acceptance ("LOA") Of course, this is coming from the not-so-patient momma sitting here waiting. Michael does much better with the wait, but is also very anxious to know who Eli is. We also pray that whereever he is that he is getting wonderful care, lots of hugs and attention.
In the meantime, we have continued to have a great summer. The boys just back from visiting their cousins in Texas. Mamaw and Papaw braved the 16 hours of driving each way to take them and they had a blast! I haven't seen all of the pics yet, but I am sure they are great. They visited Fossil Rim and Lego Discovery; went to play Laser Tag and also got to swim a lot. We missed them so much while they were gone, but really got to enjoy a lot of one-on-one time with Bella. And let me tell ya, she ate it up! Here are a couple of pics of a trip we took to see Clifton Mill and then to Young's Jersey Dairy Farm.
Bella feeding the goats