We found out on Wednesday, 12/9, that the USCIS has approved us to adopt! While we weren't doubting necessarily, there is nothing quite like hearing the wonderful news from your own country: Approved!
The USCIS said they would electronically send the approval to the National Visa Center (NVC), who will then electronically send it to the US Embassy in Nepal. As of the evening of 12/11, the NVC said they hadn't received it from the USCIS, which means the US Embassy in Nepal hasn't received it yet either. But it needs to be to the US Embassy by Tuesday, 12/15 so we can get registered in 2009 for the 2009 list. Tuesday, 12/15, is practically Monday, 12/14 for us since they are 9 hours and 15 minutes ahead of us. I've made phone calls and sent e-mails to both the USCIS and the NVC, and will keep trying. I'm surprised that it hasn't made it yet since it was sent electronically. Please pray with me that the US Embassy will receive our USCIS approval by Dec. 15 - their time!