We are one month into our wait for LOA. This will be our final stamp of approval from China to adopt Sarah. After we receive this we move into the final stages and will hopefully travel in 2-3 months.
How long does it take to get LOA?
That's the million dollar question.
Officially it says 1-3 months.
Unofficially. It takes forever.
I've mentioned before that China has implemented a new computer database that has things all fouled up. It is slowly working itself out, but LOAs seem to be the last piece of the puzzle. But they have started coming. Many people with our agency have been waiting well over 100 days. Some as much as 150. That's a really long time!
Our dossier is making progress through the system though. We are out of translation and in review which is good. Many that have waited weeks longer than us have not reached that point. We were logged in after the switch over and seems to have helped things.
We have had a busy few weeks and the month has passed quickly. The next couple of weeks are crazy busy with school starting back up. I am hoping they will pass quickly as well. But I can feel the anxiousness rising. I knew not to expect it before now. Now I know it could come but probably won't for awhile. I am praying that anxious feeling away every day. But it does take some effort.
Many have asked when we will get her. The answer is we just don't know. We will know for sure about 2 weeks before we travel. We will have a rough idea when we get our LOA. China has different holidays than we do. So they won't close for Thanksgiving but they do close in October for a holiday. Consulate's have a bad habit of closing. Anything can happen.
So we wait and be patient. And repeat that 100 times a day.
I have to sing my patience song to myself from time to time.
Don't be in such a hurry.
When you get impatient you only start to worry.
That God has patience too
Think of all the times when others had to wait on you!!