FINALLY after 70 days we got the call at 1029 am today that we had gotten our LOA!! In case you are not aware the LOA is the Letter Of Acceptance. These 3 little letters are so HUGE that upper case letters just don't explain it. The LOA means that both our paperwork and Konnor's paperwork have been reviewed and we have officially been given the go ahead to get approval for him to immigrate to the USA. As our awesome caseworker put it, "IT'S OFFICIAL, HE IS YOURS!!!!" It will still be 2-2 1/2 months until we can travel to meet our Son for the first time, but we are definitely on the countdown to gotcha day now.
I know for me I have continued to hold a little part of myself back from being excited about our match. This was not an intentional thing, but more of a defense mechanism. Don't think for a second that I was not crazy happy, but this withholding was more due to the fact that I didn't know how much my already battered heart could take. This has been a long journey for us in many ways. Now that we have officially been given the approval to adopt I can feel the lingering weight lift. It is so crazy to think that we are now just a few short months away from meeting our Son. This little boy has already started to shape our lives in ways that we would have never dreamed of a few years ago. To think that he has this kind of impact while still halfway around the world is amazing. Just think what will happen once he is actually in his Forever Home. Hold onto your seats b/c the ride is going to go much faster from here. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers during the coming weeks that everything will go as planned and we can soon have one less orphan in the world.
Mark and Ashley