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We're approaching the half way point on the wait for our LOA/LSC. It's the 'official' approval from China. We're just 'pre-approved' right now to be Meili's parents. LOA is slang for LSC. Confusing? Not really.

LOA = Letter of Approval
LSC = Letter Seeking Confirmation

Since most of the Chinese adoption community uses LOA, it's what we're using too. Though it means the same as LSC... A few people on RQ have received their LOA within 30 days. The travel to TA table says the average wait time is 51 days. My guess is 60-ish days. And a few RQers have been waiting over 100 days. There really is no rhyme or reason to the wait time. Once LOA is here, we have to send the I-800 application to the lockbox in Texas. At this point, it's a done deal and let the party start!

I've been checking plane ticket prices to China. The cheapest flights I've found are  flying LR - Detroit - Hong Kong on Delta. We'll be using a travel agent to purchase the tickets so he/she may be able to find a better deal. If we have to fly to Beijing (which I hope we don't), the plane tickets are significantly higher. We'd also have to add an in-country flight. The weight limit on suitcases is lower for domestic flights than international flights. I don't plan on bringing many clothes, but Ben has been known to fill up a suitcase with clothes and toiletries. (Hi Honey!)

I've also started thinking about the SWI donation. We can order money from our bank. We can also pay a fee for them to wire the donation to a bank in China. I'm gonna check this out as I'd rather pay a few bucks than to worry about carrying thousands of dollars on my body. On the flip side - the bank could never 'receive' the wire and we'd have to somehow come up with the donation. I need to find out more from the bank before making a definite decision and ask my agency if this has ever been done before.

I'm starting to get ansy. I'm ready to be there N.O.W. Heck, I'd even rent an apartment in China until we get the 'go ahead sign' from both governments. Unfortunately, the Hague treaty doesn't allow contact until the adoption is ready to occur.




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