We received confirmation of our request for appointments on the 24th! You can now purchase plane tickets, put in requests for time off, and make any other arrangements you need.
And then I got this e-mail from my travelmate:
I am working on securing flights right now, but it looks like we will leave for China on February 10th...a week and a half away--aaaaaaah!...and arrive in Beijing on February 11th. Fly from Beijing to Nanchang on February 15th and have Kennedy in our arms that very afternoon! (Are you crying yet, Cory?) :) Our Consulate appointment is February 24th. We pick up her visa and take our oath on February 25th and then head home on February 26th!
Whooooo hooo! :)