When we sent our dossier (a 3 inch stack of papers that took us a year to compile) to China, the China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) logged it in as recieved on August 13, 2008. Adoptions in China are primarily handled first-come/first-serve based on a family's log in date (LID).
On our actual LID the CCAA had matched perspective adoptive families who had LIDs before January 31, 2006 to their children. Yep, that’s right...the CCAA had a backlog of 2 ½ years. 925 days to be exact.
The boys are too young to understand any of this now but I wanted to have a visual to get the kids excited when we finally (one day far, far in the future) would get close to recieving our referral. I decided to fill a vase with 925 rocks. Every month as the CCAA would match families and children I would take out the number of rocks for the number of LIDs they had gotten through. The boys would be able to see the level of rocks drop and drop each month as we got closer to being matched to our daughter.
This is what 925 rocks looks like.
In the past 365 days, the CCAA has only gotten through 50 LIDs. This is what the vase looks like with 50 rocks removed.
Notice the difference? Yeah, I didn't think so. ;)
The CCAA might have only gotten through 50 LIDs in the past year. But our family has gone on living life and so far while waiting for our daughter:
- Jack turned 4
- Logan turned 3
- Scott and I both got...older
- I started a blog
- The boys visited Disneyland for the first (and last?) time
- Logan started preschool
- We went to Monterey three times
- Jack finally let us cut his hair (yea!)
- Scott & I celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary
- I ditched my diaper bag (woohoo!)
- The boys tried ice skating for the first (and last?) time
- We spent a lot of family time at the beach
- The boys went fishing for their first and second (and not last) time
I can only imagine what milestones our family will encounter before we meet our daughter in 5? / 7? / 10? years.