Our paperwork was received at the National Visa Center on Monday.

How do I know that? Because I called for three hours Tuesday night before I got through, and sat on hold for 33 minutes to find that out. Adoptive Mom’s are crazy that way.

And this morning – less than three days later – we received our Cable Letter from them!!!!!!!



Our Article 5 is heading to China today, folks. It will be hand delivered to the Consulate on Monday, and hand picked up exactly two weeks to the day later.

Please sit down.

After that is TRAVEL APPROVAL!!!! We will be packing our bags and getting on a big white plane. And we will finally be able to SEE, TOUCH, and HOLD a little girl we fell head-over-heels in love with way back on December 4th of last year.


Yes, siree. Been balling my eyes out all morning. Adoptive Mom’s are crazy that way too.

Yesterday as we were all outside working, playing, and soaking up the incredible sunshine, Grant says to me “Mom, what do you think Eliza would be doing right now if she were here?” And before I could answer he says “Never mind. She would want to be with me. She will be working with me.”

Hope our sweet baby can handle the abundance of love that is waiting for her……because she is going to be one loved little girl.

Stink. There come those tears again!


  1. Debi Mangin says:

    Awwwww, you got me crying too!
    So so so thankful with you all and just praising God for his amazing mercy to you all to make this all happen so quickly.
    Love you guys!

    • Steph says:

      All the comments, texts, and e-mails I have received today have been such a balm to my soul!! Thank you for rejoicing with us today, Deb!! I prayed SPECIFICALLY while on the phone on hold with the NVC that the Lord would show us favor in this step of our paperwork process!! He listened!! He DID!!! May the glory be ALL His!!!

      Love you too!!!!!

  2. Naomi says:

    Yippee!!!!!! This is so exciting, and I’m so happy for you. And you’re not the only one with tears in your eyes!

    In Christ,

  3. Sandra Endress says:

    WHAT?? Yipety Do Dah Day! Rejoicing all over the place. And I can answer the one ? Eliza is not gonna know what hit her – she’ll have so much love! It will be an adjustment but I know you will win her over. From one crazy adoptive mom to another – Hurry home Eliza!!!

  4. Kelli says:

    Stephanie, I just sent you an email! I just spent 35min on the phone with the NVC and they told me they received our file today!!! When I talked to the NBC they said it would take at least 10 days for my file to get there!!!

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