Saturday, May 30, 2009


Day 92 waiting for LOSC/LOA. I am so frustrated! I keep seeing that people have received their LOSC after waiting a much shorter time than we have. What is taking so long? I can't help but wonder if there is something wrong with our dossier. Our agency assures me it is fine and that there is no rhyme or reason most of the time for peoples length of waiting for documents from China. Regardless, I wonder what the hold up is. Some families have only waited 20, 30, 40 days. Others have waited 120-150 days. You watch, with our luck, we will be one of those families that have to wait 150 days. This whole adoption process has been one hurdle after another for us. Why should waiting for LOSC be any different? I was convinced we would travel sometime this summer. At this rate the chances are slim. I could just cry. Well, I have cried.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

An unexpected Update

We received 5 new pictures and new measurements of Lily Mei yesterday. I was so not expecting them. Let me tell you, it made my day. She looks so big now. What a difference a few months make. The last pictures were from the beginning of April. She doesn't really have that baby look anymore. It is killing me, just waiting and waiting for this next step in the paperwork process to move forward. On a positive note, some families are starting to receive their LOAs/LOSCs. Encouraging for us. Hopefully ours will be around the corner. I don't want to get my hopes up though. The aftermath is very depressing when things don't happen when you think they will. Positive thinking, positive thinking. Come on LOA!

Monday, May 18, 2009


Day 80 today. I am driving myself crazy. I should just stop counting but I can't. There is a mixed consensus out there. Some reports say that China is not sending any approval paperwork, some say business as usual. Regardless, there is definitely a slow down due to the swine flu. Not many approvals of any kind are being talked about. I never thought this would be so hard. You can't fully prepare yourself for this process unless you have been through it before I guess. I really thought that we would be traveling this summer to meet Lily Mei. Then again, I thought we would have traveled LAST fall to get our daughter. Then I thought we would travel in the winter months, then it was the spring. Then it was most definitely this summer. And here we are, the middle of May and still no LOA. By the way things are looking, I am wondering if we will even travel THIS fall to get her. This is ridiculous. I need to stop planning because I am driving myself crazy. Haven't I learned yet? Obviously not.

I am tired and cranky this Monday morning if you can not tell. Not a good way to start the week. Exhausted from a busy weekend, still not feeling great from a cold two weeks ago. My house is a mess, my dog stinks and needs a bath, and I have lots of errands to do this morning. I think I am going back to bed! Hopefully I will be in a better mood once I get up AGAIN.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

You guessed it, day 75 waiting for LOA!

I was hoping not to be at this point but we are. Day 75 of waiting for LOA. Not much seems to be happening with LOAs anywhere. Most adoption sites seem relatively quiet still in regards to matching, LOAs, and TA. I keep checking my emails and RQ about 50 times a day just hoping to find out some encouraging news. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will happen soon. Lets hope I don't have to post the next entry, "Waiting 85 days for LOA".

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Not that I am counting.....

Ok people, 65 days waiting for LOSC/LOA. Yes, I am counting. I hope and pray everyday we receive that email/phone call from HAS saying they have received our LOSC. It still may be a while now given the swine flu outbreak. China has stopped the processing of "the paperwork" until the swine flu declares itself from what I hear. Of course I can understand China wanting to keep their citizens and children safe. They are doing the right thing. BUT, our little Lily is getting not so little anymore. She is getting older everyday. We don't want to miss out on anymore time with her. It is so hard. I miss her. I want her home. I want to see her. I want the swine flu to go away! I want China to resume the paperwork shuffle. I want our LOSC!