Thursday, May 25, 2006

San Francisco in da house....

Our fine Chinese friends from the San Francisco consulate have pulled through for us. Laura's BC had to be sent up there since she was born up in Northern California. Sent, processed and received in 5 days... :) Very cool. Now - LA. The Los Angeles Consulate. You, my friend, get all the rest of our documents. They were delivered on the 24th of May via USPS. We had to wait since this was more costly then the others and a client, who shall remain nameless, decided not to pay me this month, so now that we finally have that worked out.. LA, like your collegues in San Francisco and Chicago, I trust that you will excercise the same effeciency and precipitateness that I have come to know and love from the consulate offices. So - it is very possible that by May 31st, or June 1st our documents will be back in our hands with very nice looking Chinese Authentication paper stapled to them - DON'T TOUCH THE STAPLES. Then we can FedEx everything up to AAO. AAO sends out dossiers on the 15th and the 1st (I think), so it is VERY VERY likely we will have a DTC date of June 15th. If that holds true we should have a LID of June 26 or so... From the LID date we begin the countdown to referral, which is now officially running 12 months. Hopefully that will speed up, but if not, it is OK -- we are willing to wait as long as we have too.

Friday, May 19, 2006

A shout out to Chicago

I just wanted to say how much I love the Chinese consulate in Chicago. They processed our docs in 5 days. They also FedEx'd them back to me since I forgot to include the SASE. Very very good. Thanks guys and gals.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Almost DTC.... and a new look

Ok - DTC - that means Dossier to China. That is the point when all the documents that we have spent the last 6 months compiling, notarizing, authenticating and certifiying are all compiled and sent to China. A couple of weeks after, or so, that we will be LID. That means Log In Date. That is the date that the CCAA relays back to our Agency that our Dossier has been received and is in line for processing. Now, before you ask, no we will not have a baby next week. Current referral wait times are at 11 months and climbing. Odds are that we will not travel until next June or July 2007. This is OK though. We have waited 13 years, one more is not too big a deal. It also gives us time to get our life back in order before the baby comes. Paperchasing is all consuming and EXTREMELY costly. Now we will have the time and money to get the baby's room ready, the floors in the house finished, and the backyard completed. All tasks which have been started but are languishing right now. Now the blog. As you can see. I have given the blog a new look. The orange was really starting to get on my nerves. Also, we are no longer providing links for people to donate to the adoption. We SINCERELY appreciate all the help we received over the past several months, and now that we are about done with the paperchase, we are not really in need of any money. Thanks again though, to everyone who gave us your support, both emotionally and financially. We will never be able to truly thank you enough. Another addition is that the photo blog is now also open to the public. So go have a look at our various pics that we have up. I will try to add more later. So, Currently we have documents at the Chicago and San Francisco Chinese Consulates, and Monday I will be driving up to the LA consulate to drop off the remainder of our documents. A couple of weeks after that we will be putting everything into a big FedEx box and sending it off to AAO for them to translate and send off. Projected DTC date: June 15.... here's hoping..

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Tales of a moron....

Ok so as you can read below, we went all the way to Sacramento to get our documents authenticated, and we were very proud of the fact that we were in and out so quickly. Hurray for us right. So now we move on to the next step -- getting the Consulate of the People's Republic of China to certify the documents. So I spend all day yesterday making copies of our documents and I come to the home study. Our wonderfully worded Homstudy. Our 3000.00 dollar Home Study. The document that declares that we are fit to be parents. The document that is NOT authenticated by the Secretary of State. DOH! Now mind you, after our 6 hour drive to Sacramento, we did not forget to bring this document to with us. We simply forgot to have them authenticate it while we were there. There are not words that can describe the horror, and the pain, and the anger going through my mind at the moment that I realized that we did not authenticate the Home Study while we were there. Thankfully, my wife, my beautiful, wonderful, lovely dutiful wife agreed to drive up and back to get it done today. So - thanks to rising gas prices our authentication, and my stupidity cost us another 200.00. ARRRRGGGGHHHH!!! It is OK though. We are still on schedule. I fedEx'd our Marriage License to Chicago yesterday and the consulate called and let me know that they received it. Wooo Hooo. Tomorrow I will FedEx Laura's BC to San Francisco, and the rest of our Docs go to LA. Almost there. Almost DTC. Almost LID..... so close.....

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Back from Sacramento...

We're Authentic!!!! YEAH! A big thank you to the fine folk at the Secretary of State's office. They were fast, effecient and extremely helpful. Especially when we ran into a problem with the copy of I-171H form. We had made the copy, but since I have been working ALOT lately and sleeping even less, I messed up with the Notary Public. I had her sign that the document was true and accurate copy of the original, when I was supposed to have done that. So the SoS lady told me that I could have another done across the street at the credit Union. Thankfully I had made several copies. I went over the Credit Union and Amy -- she was the best -- quickly notarized the other copy and didn't even charge us!!! :) Even with the mess up and the need to go across the street to notarize a document, we were in an out of there in less then an hour!! That left us the rest of the day to see Ice Age 2, and The Sentinal. We are home now though, and glad to be....