We are so excited to share our Ethiopian adoption adventure, and our CRAZY lives with all of you! Our hope is that it will encourage you to step out in faith to do what God has called you to do! There are FIELDS of fatherless children waiting for someone to care for them, to love them, to tell them of JESUS' love for them...will YOU be the one??

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hiccup or HUGE SETBACK??????

So, here's the deal.. Our I800 was approved and wired to the embassy in Bulgaria. Our lawyer with VESTA went to the provisional VISA interview yesterday at the US embassy and was told that because our HS and I800A approval was for a child who was healthy or had minor/correctable needs, he didn't want to approve it...He wasn't sure we knew it was permanent...He wanted a new(or amended)HS and I800A that requested a child with serious needs..specific to our child's medical condition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IS HE CRAZY?????????????????? Never mind that I'm almost positive we signed a paper that stated we knew her need and accepted it...NEVER MIND that USCIS APPROVED it already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SOOOO, after many hours of arguing with this guy, they came to a "deal" of sorts...we have to submit a notarized letter, written by us, saying we are aware of her medical need and that it is NON-correctable...permanent...etc....

SOOOO, we got the letter written, notarized and scanned/emailed to the guy at the embassy today(why does this stuff always happen on Friday!!!!!!!!!!!)...AND we'll be FedExing the orginal(for a "small" fee:)) to Bulgaria.

Our lawyer says when he gets the emailed letter he will give the consent to continue with the adoption...

SOOOO, our prayer is that he will be having a better day on Monday and accept our letter and let us continue with adopting Ava...it seems so much is dependent on their mood(did I mention this was the US EMBASSY!!!!!!!!!!).

THANK YOU JESUS for angels at VESTA!!! They really fought for our family yesterday!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Will the Wait Ever Be Over???????????????

Okay, I800 provisional approval done...check! Now what? Oh yes, now it travels to Bulgaria(via wire) and we wait on the lawyers there to do their thing, and get a court date set...we're still looking at 6-8 weeks before court, then a month after court for travel. This is hard...but the 3-4 month wait after first trip is pretty accurate:(...

In the meantime, I am VERY distracted by all that is going on with the orphans in Haiti! There is still so much need, and now that the media has gone, I don't want to forget that they still desperately need US! I'm so excited to see families come home with their kids, and I'm hoping for new legislation to be passed that will allow even more orphaned children to get out asap!(H.R.4603..check it out!). I just see God doing amazing things in Haiti right now and I love being a part of it:)!

Praying today for speedy referrals for all of you still waiting:)!

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Our I800 was approved and "sent on" yesterday! So excited..! More details later....

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Received and in process!

We got our official "receipt" letter from USCIS..now we are officially "in process"...I LOVE these terms:)! I got the letter seven days after the I800 was mailed...so it seems they are moving very quickly! Now, the next step is the "approval" letter(the BEST of all letters...other than the final adoption decree:))...providing they don't lose something...or need extra info from Bulgaria or us...PRAY!!