Last Monday, our adoption agency sent us an email saying they had received our package of documents... yea! When I asked, they said that it would 9-11 business days for them to complete the critical review of our dossier and another week for our dossier to be bound, translated and mailed to China. With that in mind, we thought the soonest we would be DTC would be April 3rd. The next day we were surprised to receive another email saying:
"We were able to complete the critical review of your dossier today (much quicker than we are typically able to do!) Your dossier is complete and everything looks fantastic! Job well done! Your dossier has now been moved to translation and will be mailed to China within a few days."
I had heard that our agency only sends dossiers to China on Fridays, I'm not sure if that's true or not, but I was sure we'd be DTC on Friday and compulsively checked my email all day. I had started to give up hope of such a fast DTC, but checked my email one last time before heading out to a BBQ and did a little happy dance when I got this message:
"Here’s the news you’ve long been waiting for—your dossier was sent to China today (3/21/2014)!"
With this step alone, we cut 2 weeks off of our wait. At this point, every day matters... a lot. Our best guess for travel has been sometime in August. But because Ryan is a teacher, travel the 2 middle weeks of August is out of the question, we really would have to travel in July to make it back in time, or we'll have to wait until late August/early September. I hate to think that we would possibly have to wait an extra month to bring Jordan home, so we are really hoping for another miracle, a super short LOA (letter of acceptance) wait that could mean July travel. Any prayers would be welcome!