At 10:20 this morning I got the following text from my Assistant Principal
"I just saw the FedEx truck heading into the subdivision"
You see, she knew I was waiting on my last piece of paper for my dossier and her office happens to have a view of the road leading to my house. (Side note: this is how you know you work in the best school ever)!
By 10:50 I was at the bank picking up the cashiers checks I needed to send in with my dossier and by 11:30 I was at my local Quik Pack and Ship.
When I walked in the door I was greeted by this message from the man behind the counter
"Wow, that package just got to your house this morning, you are quick" (side note, this is how you know your local store is better than any big box store)
So now it's in the mail. I felt, all at once, a sense of relief and terror at the moment I handed it over. For a few iffy moments I thought I was on the verge of either passing out cold, or hugging a stranger and crying into his flannel shirt.
I held it together.
So now the big question is what's next? When do you go get him?
And the short answer is still "I don't know". There are lots of steps between now and my traveling. So here's what I'm waiting for, and what I'd welcome prayers for.
My dossier now has to go to China where I wait for it to be logged in, translated, reviewed, and approved. When all that happens I will get a Letter of Approval (LOA). Right now this can take anywhere from 30 to 150 days to receive.
Once I receive LOA, I can request updates!
At that point I will file more paperwork with immigration.
Once that is done and in China I wait for my travel approval.
It seems that the average time between submitting dossiers is anywhere for 4-8 months, but it can always be longer (or shorter).
I am praying for a January travel date and for all paperwork to go smoothly.
So that's where I am.
1 step closer, and a million miles away.