We are on Day 32 of waiting for our Letter of Approval (LOA) from China (it's basically a letter from China officially approving us to adopt the child we accepted). The average wait time is around 70-90 days, I believe. We cannot move forward with our adoption until we receive this piece of paper. Waiting is so hard.
I did meet a family at a wedding yesterday who lives in our little one's province in China-how cool is that?! She told me that it is a miracle our little one was available for adoption as very few of the children in that particular province get their paperwork completed to be adopted (sooo sad as there are many kids who need families there). That also explains why I have had a hard time finding information about her orphanage. I am excited to talk some more with this family and learn details about our daughter's homeland.
Thankfully, our days of waiting have been fun and busy.
The kids have been spending lots of time outside.
Thursday we enjoyed a family picnic at the park before an evening trip to the library.
Calla and Ori come alive at the park. It's so fun to watch them play.
Running through the sprinkler with cousins is also a treat.
Cousin Sophie adores Calla. She takes such good care of her. I wish I would have captured Calla's face when she came out dressed like a princess-earrings, crown, princess dress. Sophie did good.
Summer salads. This Asian Cabbage Salad was really good. Easy too. It's a perfect dinner on a warm day. (Thankfully my husband likes salad for dinner.)
Snow cones! We have these about every day (WARNING: The sugar free syrup is not very good). The kids LOVE them. Ian bought this snow cone machine when we were in college and he had no money. I was very unhappy with him at the time for spending $20 on a silly machine. But now I am quite thankful for it as it makes inexpensive treats for the kids.
Cake orders keep coming in, and I am thankful for this way of providing continual funds for our adoption. Every little bit helps us reach our goal to bringing our daughter home. Unfortunately, I have been TERRIBLE at taking pictures of the cakes. . . I will try to do better and share some soon. :)
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