Sunday, July 16, 2006

The sacred 171-h has arrived!

Well, finally, our 171-h arrived. Our social worker just told us that the average wait is 7-11 weeks and we received ours in 5.5 weeks. We were so shocked. Tomorrow we make a trip to the county court clerk to have all of our notarized papers county certified and then on to Nashville to have them state certified. Then we will send them to a courier in Washington who will take them to the dept of state to have them certified and then finally on to the Chinese Embassy. After that, we will send them to Childrens Hope and they put our dossier folder together and send it to China. That will be our DTC (Dossier to China) date. From there our dossier will be translated at the CHI offices in Beijing and sent to the China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) to be logged in, reviewed, and matched with our approval for Evan. Within 2-3 months we should receive our travel approval(TA) and travel to China within 2-6 weeks to get him! It is looking like we'll have a wild Christmas this year.

We also got his measurements last week. If they are correct, he is smaller than Mira. She will be 2 in August and is 35 1/2 inches tall and weighs 28 lbs. He turned 3 in May and is 35 inches tall and weighs 25 lbs. He is gonna be a tiny little guy.

Here's another picture of Evan I haven't posted yet.

We have decided to have a website for our trip instead of the blog, people have had lots of trouble in china with blogspot. We'll post the address as soon as we get it.