This past Monday I called and spoke to a lady in the adoption department of US immigration. Our case has not yet been assigned to an agent, so the paperwork is just there until it is our turn to have our information reviewed.
On the positive side of things, the woman I talked to did tell me that it is taking about fifty-five days from the date of application to get a decision from them. That time frame for us would be somewhere around November 22nd, though it is not a guaranteed date. It is encouraging to know that we have a good chance of hearing some news regarding our approval for international adoption before January. (To read more about our USCIS process, see here and here.) We would love to have our immigration approval to be grateful for during Thanksgiving week!