Well, it is a SMALL step...but a step toward Henry nonetheless. We received notice that the CIS received our packet of paperwork and it is now being processed. The next notice we will get is to get the last set of fingerprints. My guess is that will happen next week or the week after. After the fingerprints come back OK (that takes a day) and the I800A paperwork is approved, we will be ready to send the dossier to China and then begin the OFFICIAL countdown to Henry. We are waiting to be LID (logged in) before sending anything to Henry, as it is well known to AP's that hiccups happen frequently with this last hurdle with US Immigration.
In two weeks, we leave for Texas to go to Gladney's Pathways Training. We are looking forward to it. This training will give us insight into the issues that arise when adopting an older child and how we can best help him through the grieving and anger issues.
In 5 weeks, we will be attending a memorial service in S. California for Tom's cousin, Brady, who suddenly passed away from cancer at the very young age of 36. Brady remained so strong and positive during his short battle, and we are shocked at his passing. Brady was always so kind to Noah and Leah. They remember him as being the "fun cousin" who played with them, watched movies with them, and made them laugh and laugh. We are so sad that Henry won't get the chance to know Brady. Life is so precious and unpredictable. Call your family and tell them you love them! Hug your kids! Your spouse! Your dog!