*Swagger Wagon (Van)- I just wanted to make it clear that we did not buy a van we are renting a van until our new SUV or cross-over is here, which is an Acadia. It is a GMC and it is smaller than a Yukon, but it still has 7 places to sit, with a walk through to the back. We are enjoying the van and maybe someday in the future, but for now I am still not there yet!
Now for the really great news, we got our I800 approval. I didn't post about it because I was so frustrated. We got our LOA on November 15th. I sent in our I800 the day we got the LOA so the Texas Lockbox got it the very next day. My agency went out of its way to make it possible for us to send it the day we got it. Other people who got their LOA's on the same day were not able to send theirs off until two or three days later, because of waiting for the actual LOA to get to them. We are able to send the scanned copy thus shaving off waiting for the hardcopy to come. Some people starting getting there approvals who were after me. I contacted my officer at the Hague Unit and she did not have it yet. After a few days and she still did not have it she tried contacting the Lockbox to find out where it was. Then it showed up and she still did not have it. It was in the building but not assigned to her yet. She went out of her way to have it sent to her and approved it on Friday. So now it will be off to the NVC (National Visa Center). There they will scan it and send it to Guangzhou. We will try to get an e-mail saying it has been sent and then our agency can drop it off in Guangzhou to wait for the Article 5. The Article 5 will come two weeks after that and then we wait for Travel approval, which will be 2-4 weeks after that. At the time it was really hard to see others getting their approvals when mine had made it before theirs, but after praying about it, I came to a place of understanding. After three adoptions I was finally able to say I am leaving it all in God's hands. I have done everything possible that I can do and so now it is God's timing that I would wait on. After all, hasn't he always had just the perfect timing for us in the past?