Yes! LOA! Letter of Acceptance, also known as "Letter Seeking Confirmation of Adopter". This is an official letter from CCAA (China Center for Adoption Affairs), one letter for each boy, stating that, based on our application, these are our boys we are agreeing to adopt.
Our agency, CCAI, informed us that they received our LOA from China and have overnighted it to us. According to FedEx tracking, we will get it today before 3pm. We sign it and send it right back.
This means it is most likely that we will travel in June!! June, June, June. Our trip will last over 20 days, so we will be in China in June and July, when we've heard it's stinkin' hot! Fortunately, we live in Texas and moved here from 'Vegas, so I'm hoping the heat won't be too big a challenge. Another positive is that we can pack lighter clothing. Good thing since we're packing for seven!!
LOA also means an entire new mound of paperwork. I-800 forms, travel waivers, affidavits, visas, and more agency paperwork.
Did I mentioned that we moved this weekend? Mom and I spent all last week packing up our almost-3000 square-foot house. Saturday, when Ken was home, we had movers come and move 90% of our stuff over to the new place. Thanks to Ken, the movers, Mom and Dad, a couple of friends and even the Brownies, we got moved in Saturday and almost all the way unpacked by Sunday night. Monday, we took a break so Ken could work and I could do school with the kids and catch up on laundry. I still have quite a few odds and ends to put away or organize, especially our school items, but am truly unpacked. All of our decor is still up at the Dickinson house. After our necessities are in place here, I'll pack up the decor and have fun making this place "ours".
I'll have to blog later about our move over here. (I'm typing this with a smile on my face.) I cried quite a few times last week and our first night in our new place was just short of misery. What a difference a day makes! Joy DOES come in the morning. Sunday night, we enjoyed a very restful, peaceful night in our new home. It's time for me to go enjoy restful night #2. We feel extremely comfortable here and are praying for our other house to sell...now.