Yes, it is true! On Friday the 13th, our official I800A approval arrived in the mail. I believe it is a total God thing that we finally have this piece of paper, since most before me waited 80-90 days for theirs and we waited 57. I was happy, but not as happy as I thought I would be...I feel like we are just so far away from where I want to be.
I ran around Fri. like a crazy lady and got a copy of our approval notarized, state sealed and overnighted to the courier so she can hopefully take it to the Chinese Consulate on Monday the 16th. I am hoping she can pick it up on Tues. the 17th and overnight it to our adoption agency. And maybe, just maybe, our agency will have it on Wed. the 18th and we can be DTC (dossier/all our paperwork to China) by the end of the week.
Then we wait a week for the Chinese New Year to get over so the Chinese agency can start to log in all of our paperwork.
And then we begin the long and unpredictable part of our wait...
It will still be approx. another 5-6 months before we can travel to meet our daughter.
think know this is why I wasn't too excited to get our approval. I just feel so down about the long wait. There is so much that has to be done and I really have NO control over any of this paperwork. I just fill it out and trust someone else to take care of it for me...that is so, so , so very hard. I like to be in control. This is my daughter after all, and I want to make sure everything is done correctly.
I know without a doubt this is not what God wants of me.He doesn't want me to worry. He doesn't want me to fight for control. He wants me to trust Him. He wants me to wait upon Him and His perfect timing. He wants me to praise Him and be excited for every little milestone we meet. We can never get to the end of our "journey to Aliyah" with out every step, even the little ones. I cannot let satan steel my joy of meeting our milestones, even the little ones.
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don't forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ.