The Crew

The Crew
Christina, Matthew, Joshua and Katie Grace XiHua

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Okay - Do these words below mean anything to you?


These might not make total sense to my Taiwan adoption friends, but to the China adoption friends, they probably do. Just slightly different lingo.

We have a little girl from China that we are (barring any unforeseen circumstances) adopting!!!
Yes, I said China! We have sort of come full circle as we had originally first considered China. But when we had heard that the wait for China was up to 5 years, we pursued other options. At that time, we didn't understand what the Waiting Child/Special Needs program was all about. But in light of the loooong wait for Taiwan, we decided to look back at the China program, specifically the WC program and that is where we found the little special girl!

This has all come to pass in the past couple of weeks!

On 9/8/2010 - We requested her file. Although we are not logged into China, we could view her file because she had been waiting just over 30 days.

On 9/11 - We had our Dr. review her file.

On 9/16 - We asked to be matched.

On 9/17 - We were "locked in" with her by our agency.

On 9/18 - Our LOI (letter of intent) was received by the China.

On 9/21 - PA - We received pre- approval from China! It only took 3 days??!!

Now we have until mid December to complete our China home study, dossier, and I 800. So we will be scrambling to get all of that done.

We are very excited about this and of course, nothing is set in stone until she is in our arms. Or at least receiving our LOA (letter of approval) would be great. That probably won't be until January. Then travel would be a couple months after that, I am assuming.

Hopeful, happy news!

I cannot post a name or photo of this little precious sweetie. But she is 2 1/2 years old and so cute!! I can't wait to share more, but that is all for now.


  1. Wow !! Congratulations !!! I know EXACTLY what all those acronyms are. Can't wait to know more about your daughter. SO Awesome !

  2. OMG!!!!!! Congratulations!!! What an incredible 360 you guys have done :) It is perfect though! Can't wait for new details and info!!! Sending up prayers for a quick process for you..
    Lots of love, Summer

  3. YOOHOO!! This MAKES my day Annie!! Congratulations, I am SO happy for you all!! This is great news, oh how I can't wait to hear and see more details.... Yippie the Pippie!! This little girl doesn't know yet in what awesome family she will live with for the rest of her life!!

  4. Congratulations! God's timing is perfect and he had a plan for you all along! Very excited for you and can't wait to follow along on your journey.

  5. HOley Moley, that is so exciting! congratulations!!!!! can't wait to hear more about her and see her beautiful little face. Congrats again I'm sure you are floating around now but on fastforward as well. Keep us posted.

  6. WOOHOO! I am so excited for your family. What a great turn of events. Your little girl has found you. You have accomplished so much already with your lock in and approval. I hope your documents are done and make it through the right channels swiftly. Congratulations!

  7. How awesome is that! Congratulations...God's timing is perfect and all of the details will fall into place. Can't wait to hear more!

  8. oh my word!!! yippee yippee yippee!!!!!!!!!! I am beyond excited!!!!!!!!!!!!! DYING to see a picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Yay, Yay, Yay!! So excited for you and can't wait to hear more when we get to visit in a few weeks!!!

  10. Oh my bathtubs!!!! That is so exciting!! We will be keeping your family and this sweet little girl in our prayers! Hoping this means a very happy new year addition to your family!

  11. Oh I am soooo excited. I just checked your blog and found this wonderful news!!! We are coming to disney in Dec. and I want to meet you and you can meet Sierra. She was also 2 1/2 at referral!!! Please email me!!!

  12. Oh yeah! I'm so thrilled for you and can't wait to hear more. Sounds like with the fast approval it is meant to be. Yippee!

  13. Oh wow! Congrats Annie!!!! That is just wonderful!!! I cannot wait to see her beautiful face!!! 3 days for PA is incredible:)

    Thank you again, for your very sweet comment on my blog!! Congrats again!!!

  14. Congratulations!!! That is amazing! I would love to hear more about the special needs program in China. I have been thinking about it also.

  15. Oh, what fantastic news, Annie!! Congrats to your family and I can't wait to see pics!! Have fun with the paper chase, I will pray for it to go smoothly!

  16. Hey Annie - I'm so glad you found me on the Z group!! YAY! We need to chat soon!! :) CONGRATULATIONS on your daughter. It is so exciting, isn't it? :) HUGS!!

  17. Congratulations!!! All off the above makes complete sense to me as they are acronyms that I have dreamt about for each of my girls! :)

    Godspeed to your precious one!

    Love and blessings,


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