Friday, June 12, 2009

Still making progress

Wow! That was fast! We received our new I-171H today with on fingerprints updated. We were just fingerprinted on June 3rd and I really wasn't expecting our new I-171H for another couple weeks. Maybe since our case has been sitting there since 2006 it moved faster. Who knows but I will take progress wherever I can get it! We also received our Chinese visas back today~less than two weeks after we applied! If only everything and everyone worked this quickly! The next piece of the puzzle is our travel approval (TA). I am going to "guess" because I am feeling hopeful today and still praying for July travel that we will get our TA within the next two weeks. Optimistic, aren't I?

Still praying for an update and new pictures of little Mia. Of course I know that this may not happen but since I am feeling so hopeful I will put it out there. I have this horrible feeling that because our pictures are from when she was a young baby that on our gotcha day I am not going to be able to recognize her. Sigh. I would love to have a little preview via updated pictures of what our little toddler looks like now.

I am still organizing and buying things here in there in anticipation of travel. I am seriously overwhelmed with some of the packing lists I have found. A tub for sanitizing bottles and tongs to remove the bottles from the boiling water? I never in a million years would have thought of this! Who knew? Obviously we have never been to China before so what do we know but I can't imagine having enough room in our luggage to pack half of the "stuff" I have found on packing lists! Did I mention that my dh loathes overpacking? I have a feeling if I "try" to pack all this "stuff" and my dh has to haul it all he may just leave me behind! For those of you who have BTDT I would love to know some of the "stuff" you absolutely could not have done without.


Kim K. said...

I'm impressed with your speedy progress. Don't get overwhelmed with the packing lists. It is an option to purchase things once you arrive. Feel free to contact me for my packing list too. It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Hugs.

Sarah said...

HI Melinda~

Great to hear you got your I 171 H back. Hope we are right behind you with ours =) Also received our passports back...phew. Come on TA, we are ready to go, right??!!!



Elizabeth Bergeron said...

Do not go crazy with the packing, we have all brought more than we needed since you can get just about everything once you are there. :)