Currently we are paperchasing. This is where we madly dash about gathering papers for our dossier. Our dossier is a boat load of documents that we send to China telling them everything they need to know about ourselves and asking for permission to adopt Ren. This includes a homestudy, birth certificates, marriage certificate, medical physicals,FBI clearances and the list goes on and on. We are doing this a little backwards this time. We have identified a child we would like to adopt first and our adoption agency is asking China for preapproval for us to adopt Ren. So while we wait for China to give us the OK sign that we can adopt Ren, we are madly trying to put together our paperwork and get it over there as fast as we can. When they do say OK we will be ready to
travel to China to get him!
Preapproval is the key here. China has the right to say yay or nay to us. If they feel for some reason that we are not the appropriate parents for Xi He Ren they may say no. So we wait on pins and needles, trusting God that if this is His will they will say yes! There is a lot of waiting for a foreign adoption, waiting for preapproval, waiting for china to tell you when you can travel, waiting for others to finish your documents and send them to you. Its a real exercise in letting go of control you don't have!
Meanwhile we have pictures of Ren to keep us occupied and wonder about what he is doing throughout the day. Is someone giving him hugs today? Is he having a good day? I can't wait to kiss those cheeks and squeeze him. Here is one of the adorable pictures we have to keep us wondering until then.