Those are the words that I heard this morning on the other end of my phone when our agency called us!
We are so excited to share that in just 49 days we received our LOA approval! This means–our sweet boy is officially our sweet boy…a YOUNG…and I am officially a mommy again! China recognizes us as his parents–and now we just jump through another hoop or two and we’ll be on our way!
Our agency is overnighting our LOA/LSC letter–and then we’ll copy it and send off for I800 approval specifically for our child. Because we already have obtained I800A approval–it will only take about 2 weeks to get back from the US government. THEN we will have that sent off to China and wait for what’s called Article 5. After that–we’ll wait for TRAVEL APPROVAL!!! Then we’ll be off!!! There’s STILL a wait ahead–but we are getting so close!!! I think it’s possible for us to travel in MAY–but JUNE is also a possibility too. We are hopeful and so excited it will be soon!!!
Getting our LOA/LSC also means we can officially share his picture publicly because he is our son!! Some agencies allow you to share before hand but ours asks you not to share it before LOA.
Are you ready to see the cutest Asian love you have ever set eyes on???
Here he is!
Proudly introducing Ezekiel “Zeke” Young…
Melt my heart.
Can’t WAIT to have our sweet boy in our arms!!!
These are the pictures we have been staring at for months! We have video footage from Fall and also lots of video taken in January. I’ll have to share some of that sweetness later! Right now, we are celebrating with our children who are so excited as they totally understand this adoption process and what this day means! Even Isaac is jumping for joy and asked me, “Oh mommy! I just love Zeke! Do you think he will love me??” We have loved him for many months–so it will take him some time to get to know us and love us back…but oh my–I can’t wait to start the process of a relationship with our sweet boy!!
I’m going to start working on his nursery this weekend! And I’m just so taken back by God’s plans. To THINK that THIS month is the month we were due…that March was our due date month–and this March although we had to experience loss to get here…the Lord still allowed me to hear the words today, “You are officially a mommy again! Congratulations.” To get to where we are–loss happened…both for our son in China…and had we remained pregnant–we probably wouldn’t be where we are in this adoption process either. Yet God used that to make me long for another…yet when our doctor said we could try again–we decided to try “online” on Rainbow Kids Waiting Child list instead of the traditional way;). Through difficult, hard loss–God can write such beautiful. And although I wouldn’t want to go through that again…and although I would never want my son to experience loss or life in an orphanage–I would not change anything if it meant not being where we are NOW. God’s plans really are perfect, pleasing and good. Perfect doesn’t mean without pain. Jesus was perfect–but He was not without pain. Does a perfect God allow pain? Ask Jesus. I do not know why hard happens…but I do know that through it with Jesus–comes beautiful.
I have so much to share about what the Lord did this past weekend at Created for Care! I also have craziness to share with you from it (I got a little O.O.C. with dress up fun. God indeed did a beautiful work throughout the weekend…so my heart is BURSTING right now with thanksgiving for all He has done and continues to do! More on that tomorrow! Okay–so maybe on Wednesday cause tomorrow we are sending off lots of paperwork to USCIS and I might be crazy!)
Much dancing at our house today and thanking the Lord for the story He is writing!!!