In the meantime, we're waiting for our Article 5 to be picked up. It should be picked up on July 2. Of course, we were kinda hoping they consulate would speed up their processing time since they know they are closing in a few weeks for their move and have to get everything done before that. Once our A5 has been picked up, then the paperwork is sent to Beijing for issuing of our travel approval. It had been taking up to 4 weeks for TAs to be issued since the CCCWA had changed over their computer system, but I saw earlier this week that they are starting to come through much quicker now, even in as little as 8 days. We are praying/hoping that we get a quick one like that! If our TA can come before 7/12, our agency can possibly get our consulate appointment scheduled before the big move. That would be fantastic as then hopefully we could get a CA sometime in early to mid August, plus it might give us a bit more time to make all of our travel preparations. If TA comes after 7/12, our agency will have to wait until 7/24 or after to contact the consulate to make our appointment, along with all of the other families that have had TA issued during the closure. If that is the case, I would imagine there would be a backlog and probably a longer wait, or it could mean that we'd get a travel group leaving quickly and have a lot less time to prepare. Either way, we are just so ready to get this show on the road!!
We are also still waiting to hear about the Gift of Adoption grant. We received notification that we were up for review after 6/17. From what I read on their website, they notify families of their decision within 48 hours of review. We are really praying/hoping for good news from them as we are still short on our funding. On top of that, we are going to be traveling apparently during peak season, so all of the airline prices have gone way up now. In any case, we know that God will provide for whatever is still needed. He has been so very faithful in taking care of us through everything, and it just amazes us to see how far He has brought our family and what He has been teaching us.
Thank you all so much for keeping our family in your prayers.
|Lily looks like one determined little girl, doesn't she?|