Thursday, January 22, 2009

1800-A Approval!

Yesterday, I received some great news! I found out via email that our I800-A application was approved. A big WOO HOO!! Such a sign of relief that we have this big step complete. We are now waiting on that all-important slip of paper in the mail so I can get that last document authenticated. According to the consulate turnaround time, I'm guessing we still won't be able to send in our dossier for another 3 weeks or so. We were told the I800-A approval would probably take 3-4 months, but we got it in 10 weeks!! I thank God for answered prayers! I have so much to do in the next few months. I have lots of new books to read on attachment (more than I read for the first two) and I want to learn some Mandarin, so I'm going to have to reduce my time spent on the computer. :( I'll still be here and stopping by, but have to start limiting how many days a week I can do that. I just have to make the time to get to that stack of books! Travel time seems so far away - still several months - but it will be here before I know it!

Of course, I had to post some photos. When we were in Utah, we missed the -15 degree weather back home. Who knew you had to go west to the mountains to get warmer weather?!? The girls didn't get much outdoor time while we were gone because it was just way too cold. So on Monday, we went outside for just a little bit. That is, until Mia took off her gloves, her fingers froze in seconds and I took a crying child inside. Poor thing learned why Mommy always reminds her to keep her gloves on. But, they still enjoyed the time outside...




"Look Mom, no hands!"




"Hey, that was fun! Let's do that again!"


"Hey Mom, it's your turn to pull!"


We couldn't find Leila's snow pants. I think I put them in our big donation pile last week. Oops! She's wearing my track pants. lol





a Tonggu Momma said...

What a relief about the I-800!!! One step closer...

As to the snow pictures - this is me sticking out my tongue at you. Still - STILL - no snow here.

Heather said...

ANother step closer - Praise God!!

And I am with Tonguu Momma - sticking my tongue out too - we have had plenty o' dustings but no real snow - it wouldn't be sledding, here, it would be grassing!!

C'mon snow, come here too!

Love the pictures, so happy for you, friend.


Norah said...

Way to go on the I-800 ! Love the pictures. Looks like so much fun!

Gail said...

How great you got the I-800!

Beautiful pics of your 2 girls.

And as for the snow, we have more than our share. I wouldn't mind if some of it would disappear. :)

Amie@HeartSmiles said...

AHlleluiah to the I-800!!!!! Woot Woot!! Check that off your long long to-do list.

And the snow pics... super super cute! How do you get the colors so bright. So much to learn here...

Happy Happy Day, dear friend!


Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Whoo HOO for the I800....that is fantastic news!! You are getting closer and closer my friend!!

Cute pics of your little snow bunnies....I love their matching jackets!!

Happy reading....sounds like you are going to be busy, busy, busy!!


Jboo said...

Yay on the speedy processing!!

Your girls look so adorable in the snow having fun! That really frigid cold is not fun though, it it!

Hope you have a great weekend.


Denise said...

That is wonderful the snow pics!

Missy said...

Congratulations Michelle on the approval!!! I don't remember that document. My, things have certainly changed. I did the paperchasing for my parents and it was such an adrenaline rush. Don't you feel like a mad woman...hurry up and wait...hurry up and wait...stalk sites for rumors...daydream...freak out : )

I loved the process. I am so happy you get to experience it again!

Your snow babes are as beautiful as always!!! They always look so joyful and of course, gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Yeah!!! I'll keep praying that everything continues to move "ahead of plan"!!

Great pics of the girlies...


mommy24treasures said...

great news regarding the 800 A
Oh so funny about the snow pants:)
Looks like they had such fun!

Mandey said...

Praise God about the 1800-A!!! I've been praying for you. Your pictures are great. The girls look like they are having so much fun!

Felicia said...

Oh a big Hooty Whabby Woo hoo on the I-800. That's great.

I love the pics of your snow bunnies!!

Kelly Green said...

HI Michelle...and CONGRATULATIONS! Anything that goes quickly with paperwork is worth a celebration. Your 2 monkeys look like they have a love of the snow! Always smiling faces :)
Take care!

Anonymous said...

Whooo Hoooo!!!!

Marla said...

Yeah for you!!!!
Great pictures of the girls, looks like they were having a blast.

Steffie B. said...

Woo-hoo on the I-800......the pictures are have mastered the photography..... ;)

Becki party of 5 said...

Congratulations! Praying that your 1-800 comes even quicker than you are expecting.
Just got caught up on your blog and all the glorious pictures! I could spend hours here taking it all in! But I loved reading your story to your new daughter. God is SO good, and so amazing how he confirms to each of us who our children are.
Can't wait to follow your journey.

day by day said...

Oh, wonderful news, Michelle!!!! A big congratulations and a very big step forward for you guys! woohoo!!

I love the snow pictures!! The girls look like they had a blast!


Heather Marie said...

YAY on the good news!!! And those snow pictures look amazing! What kind of camera do you have?!?! WOW! Your girls are so cute! Always seem to be smiling.

Joe and Jane said...

What a relief to get that! Our friends just got a rejection notice. I think they're being tougher now, so a big congrats to you on passing that stressful step!

Glad the girls enjoyed being outside (for a while at least!)