Today was another red-letter day bringing another adoption acronym milestone: LOA! (For timeline trackers including myself in a few months when I can no longer remember: we only just received “soft” LOA on Thursday the 27th, meaning it was “in the system”, so we were surprised to receive LOA today, the 31st!)
Our Letter of Acceptance, indicating China’s approval of our dossier and our family for our boy, arrived with our agency today and will arrive in our hands tomorrow. Each of these steps seems to usher in another flurry of activity on our end. In this case, we need to sign and return the LOA to our agency and also quickly send off our I800 application, the final stage of the US immigration process.
My favorite FAVORITE part about this step in the process is that I am now able to publicly share pictures of our sweet boy! I know many of you have already seen him, but I just love showing him off, so you’ll indulge me, I hope, if I go a little crazy here.
First of all, here is the picture that started it all. The one that stopped Trevor in his tracks even though I had shown him pictures of dozens of other orphans before. The one that whispered to both of our hearts, “Pick me! I’m your son!” How could we say no?
Here he is doing what I like to call “the China pose”. I have it on good authority that this gesture means, “I’m awesome!” which he clearly is.
And here is a sampling of some of my other favorites from his file:
I just can’t stop staring at his sweet face today and thanking God that this huge hurdle is now behind us. In a sense, he is ours now, although he is still much too far away for that to feel like a reality.
Things could move very quickly from here to possible travel in November, and with that come some quick decisions to be made (who exactly *is* traveling?) and some quick money to be found (see this post about our Matching Grant from Lifesong, if you haven’t already!) As always, I covet your prayers.
There is also the matter of the name, which has been chosen for some time now… but I think I will save that post for another time. Maybe to celebrate the next milestone. Remind me!