11/1/06 STORK ALERT...STORK ALERT...STORK ALERTInfo. is flying all over the egroups that CCAA has sent referrals!!! Families who were LID between August 9th-August 24th, 2005 should be receiving referrals in the next few days. Many agencies are telling families that a package was sent from China on Monday and it should arrive in the US tomorrow. Here's hoping that August, 2005 families will see their baby's beautiful face for the 1st time by the weekend. These families have been waiting just over 14 1/2 months since their LID. Keeping my fingers crossed for all of you. Could this be really true???11/2/o6 HOT NEWS....HOT NEWS...HOT NEWS!!!CCAA finally updated their website!!! Families who were logged in between August 9th-August 25th are receiving referrals. CCAA sent one extra day of referrals than what was expected. This is wonderful news as CCAA is showing signs of a slight "speed up" in the waiting process. Every extra day that is referred now, will bring us one day closer to our 2nd daughter and one less day of waiting. The new baby faces are starting to be be posted all over the egroups sites...what a wonderful weekend it will be for all these August, 2005 families. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy.
October Cyber Shower
10/17/06 Today, I received another Cyber Shower Gift from the July DTC yahoo group that I am part of. Every other month, this yahoo group does a cyber shower. A cyber shower is like a baby shower online. The theme for this month's cyber shower is "No Tricks; just Treats for the Baby." From Marcia Chapman my cyber shower friend, I received a flower splat mat, 2 insulated sippy cups and 2 pink spit-up towels. Thank you very much Marcia for your generosity and I can't wait to use the items when Bella finally arrives home.
Brown Envelope from US Consulate in Guangzhou Has Arrived!!!
10/10/06 Just to let everyone know...we have reached another milestone in the adoption process. Today, we received our "famous" brown envelope from the US Consulate in Guangzhou, China. This envelope is sent to adoptive families once the Consulate has been notified of the family's intent to adopt. In the brown envelope are important documents that we will complete when we are in Guangzhou regarding our daughter's visa and US Citizenship. Also, in the envelope is an important number called a GUZ number. It identifies our family to the US Consulate. This GUZ number will be used to confirm our travel approval (when the time comes) and it is used to confirm our consulate appointment. This is all part of the the adoption process.
Now we can cross another thing off of our list while we wait for our referral. It took 3 1/2 months to get this brown envelope and it arrived one day short of our current wait time which is 2 months since our LID (Log In Date).
Most Recent Stork Alert and Updates!!!
10/1/06 For those of you that are wondering...here is the most recent update from CCAA's website. Congratulations to all the families who received referrals last week. Also, to those of you who have made it through the review room...you are one step closer to being match with a beautiful baby!!! Families who received referrals last week were logged in between July 23-August 9th, 2005. CCAA finished reviewing dossiers who were logged in through December 31, 2005. As you can see, the review room (where a family's dossier is carefully reviewed) is ahead of the matching room by about 5 1/2 months. It is ashame that the matching room can't get caught up. But at least some families are on cloud 9...they deserve to smile as they have pictures of their daughters in their hands. Happiness, Love and Joy are being shared across the world!!!!As of today, we have been waiting 1 month, 2 weeks and 6 days since our LID!!! Let's hope CCAA's matching room can speed up the wait a bit in the next few months!!!
Our August Birthday Celebration~Happy Birthday to Mom, Grandma and Jackie!
July 2006 DTC 1st CyberShower
The July 2006 DTC group that Mary Ellen belongs to held their 1st CyberShower on August 27th. The theme for this shower was "It's A Party!" Every other month, a new theme and CyberShower will occur. The next one will be in October. Mary Ellen received these gifts from her cybershower pal. The Lee family from New York sent Bella these Disney gifts...aren't the shoes just too cute!!! I am sure that both Bella and Jackie will enjoy the DVD, too.
CCAA Website Updated
8/31/06 CCAA updated their website today. As you can see, CCAA is done reviewing dossiers LID until the end of November. Also, referrals arrived in the US at the end of last week. Families who were LID through July 22, 2005 received referrals and now have seen their beautiful baby faces...Congratulations to all those families who now have a new little one to love!!!