Thursday, October 29, 2009

No TA This Week!

Well, found out today that it was a mistake the agency was told that our TA and two others would arrive this week. They hadn't even been mailed yet. They said that it would be mailed soon. We just have to remember that it's all in God's timing (no matter how many times I have to repeat it to myself). Please keep us and Ashlyn in your prayers.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Newest Update

Alright everyone...I really need prayers for this week. We were told that if we get our TA this week, we will be leaving on Thursday November 12th. We were told that there is a very good chance of getting our TA this week. This would put us at just under 3 weeks for departure! I still have things to buy for travel and just want a real confirmation before starting down that path.

If TA doesn't come this week, it will be difficult, but we'll know in our hearts that it will be whatever timing God has planned for us.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Kaylyn's Room Re-arranged

Kaylyn got a new bookshelf also. Here are pictures of her room now re-arranged. I would like to get her a corner desk also so that less wall space is taken up.

Ashlyn's New Room

Here some pictures of Ashlyn's new furniture and re-arranged room. We got the bookshelves this weekend and fun putting them together :-) All we need is a corner desk for her computer/homework and her room will be complete until she gets here. We'll figure out what to put on the walls when we figure out what she likes.

Friday, October 23, 2009

TA to Departure Time Frame

I was told yesterday that typically the time frame between TA and departure is about 3 weeks. This means if we get our TA by early next week, we would probably leave out the week of November 16th. This would mean we would be in China for the Thanksgiving holidays if all of this is accurate. I'm hoping we get a 2 week time frame (or less) between TA and travel so that we can spend Thanksgiving with our family at my sister's new house! But if not, I know Kara will understand!

Just trying to keep everyone informed on what I'm hearing and am told to expect. Hope everyone is doing well. Please keep praying for us, for we can never have enough prayers.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

TA Almost Here!

Alright, we were told today that our TA will be sent soon so we'll hopefully get it by early next week. Not sure what kind of time frame there is right now between when you get your TA and when you travel. I think there is some kind of trade fair in Guangzhou during the end of October, so not sure what that means either. When we get our TA, they try to get us the next available consulate appointments and then we can make our travel arrangements. We're sitting on pins and needles just waiting to know when we our going to get our little girl.

On another happy note, we got Ashlyn's furniture delivered today, so now her bedroom is mostly complete. We just need to get both Kaylyn and Ashlyn their own bookshelves for their rooms, which we'll hopefully do this weekend. Ashlyn will also need a desk like Kaylyn for her own computer and homework place. We did fix all the patches from when we took everything down off the walls and touched up all the paint, so it looks like a brand new room. So exciting!

At least this gives me a little more to tell people this week instead of the same old "I don't know" shrug I've been giving everybody when they ask, "so, when are you going to pick up your daughter". Hopefully I'll have more good news by the beginning of next week, but until then...God Bless.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

It's Been Awhile

I know it has been awhile since I last posted. The reason has been that there is nothing to post. Still waiting for Travel Approval (TA) from China. The two week mark (if you take out the Festival time where the CCAA was closed) will be this Tuesday (10/20). The average time frame for TA is 2-4 weeks, so our best guess is that we'll hear something between 10/20 and 11/3. I have about 5 people per day asking if I'd heard anything yet and it's getting harder and harder for me to answer. I know they are just curious and trying to support me, but it also makes it harder on me emotionally to know that we're just still waiting. I really do love all the support we've gotten so far from everyone and I wouldn't trade it for the world. So to those who actually read my blog, thank you and I'll continue to need your support and prayers. Prayers that Ashlyn will be in our arms soon and that we can be patient enough to keep waiting.