Archive | August, 2015


Today we got word from our agency that our dossier officially went back to China.  In adoption lingo, this is called “DTC” and is a big deal!  The next few big milestones will be:

LID – Log In Date – this should come in a week or so

LOA – Letter of Acceptance – the biggest factor in determining how long our wait will be.  Some come quickly, some people wait around 90 days. With Philip our LOA took a little over 60 days.  I’ve heard through social media that they are taking around 45 days average right now.  But some people get them sooner!  PRAY WE GET OUR LOA QUICKLY!!!!

There are a few more after this (TA, etc.) but we’ll get to those later, but hopefully not tooo much later.  Our boy is waiting and we want to GO!

After hearing from WenXuan through a visitor to his orphanage, we learned he’d like to keep his name WenXuan.  So, he will officially be WenXuan Murray Smith and will have the same initials as Wes.

Recently, we’ve been working on gathering some things to send him another care package (pinehurst hat, legos – he loves legos!!!, some basic word books, etc.), we are working on getting his room set up for him and getting everything lined up for his school when he arrives home!

Thanks for following along…hopefully we will be posting more often with NEWS!

Last Tuesday, we met our friends the Pattersons at the Zoo!  We were celebrating their son Cheng Rui’s 6th birthday.  He and Philip lived in the same orphanage and knew each other and we all got to spend 2.5 weeks in China together (some about that here and here).  It was so fun and easy to be with this sweet family – even though it’s been 4 months since we saw them last we were all able to just pick right back up where we left off.  It was a sweet day.


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