Today we received our LOA! This stands for Letter of Acceptance. This means that China has officially approved our match and Lily is our daughter! We only waited 17 days for our LOA! There are families that have waited over 100 days for the LOA so we were quite shocked to find out our's came today. We will receive it tomorrow, sign it and drive it to Bethany's corporate office in GR. Then there will be more paperwork to fill out for the US government and we wait for our Travel approval. Bethany thinks we will travel before the end of February! We were planning on April so this moved it up quite a bit.
Since we have our LOA we can also now post pictures - here is Lily Elizabeth!
Lily is 19 months now - she turns 2 in April. Her right side is smaller and shorter then her left (about an inch shorter). There could be more involved but for now we are trusting in God and praying for healing. She is sitting, standing, and walking with support. She is babbling and likes to talk on her caregivers' cell phones. She likes to kiss the caregivers' cheeks and is particular of who gets to hold her. Apparently if you give her a toy she does not want, she throws it down. That sounds familiar in our house! :)
Please continue to pray for Lily and for our family. A lot of changes are coming for all of us and we know it won't be easy. We appreciate all the prayers and encouragement!