We received an email yesterday that our official letter approving us to be Rowan’s parents is on its way to our adoption agency! This is a HUGE step, and we are so thankful to be here! It still looks like we could travel at the end of August (latter 2 weeks, hopefully, coming back “home” in the very first few days of September), providing all the other paperwork goes through in the “average” timeframe or slightly faster! So, what’s next? We will sign the paper stating we accept Rowan, and then we will start our US immigration paperwork. We’ll need to get our approval from USCIS, then we wait for a letter from the National Visa Center, then we need something called our Article 5 (final approval that everything is done from the US Embassy. It will be delivered to CCCWA, China’s central authority. The Article 5 lets CCCWA know that we are approved by the US government to adopt our specific child and have appropriately jumped through every hoop and paid every fee the two governments could think of.) After this step CCCWA issues travel approval. Once we get that travel approval, we can make a consulate appointment in China for our visa interview with Rowan, make sure we have our visas lined up, and then we will know when we are actually traveling (so, in a nutshell, we won’t know the exact date of our travel until about 10 to 21 days before we go!). You can imagine, I’m sure, that this process is patience building. Basically, we’ll hurry up and submit paperwork, then wait, then submit more, then wait, etc. You can pray with us that everything proceeds smoothly. It sounds more overwhelming than it is. The steps are actually quite clearly defined and laid out for us. BUT…we are doing all of this in the midst of a super busy summer season for us here at the Ranch! Pray for patience and energy, and most importantly, pray for Rowan’s heart. We won’t be able to immediately come to Mexico with him, we’ll have to be in the US for a bit while we process his US passport, etc., which is more transition for our little guy! We’ll need creativity and wisdom as we walk through this with him as a family. But, we all know that God does work through our prayers. The fact that we are even here where we are today is a testimony to what God can do! Thank you all for your many prayers and love for our family! I’ll try to post a bit more in the coming weeks so that you know where we stand in this process!