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??
Monday, September 10, 2012
Case Received by the US Embassy!
All of our paperwork is now at the US Embassy! WOO-HOO! We SHOULD HAVE received the email last week, but they had the WRONG email address for us at the embassy, and our agency thought we received it, etc....but it's ALL GOOD! We're filed, and that's all that matters!:)
This is where it could get ugly.....
Right now they are in the process of reviewing the paperwork and determining her orphan status. If the embassy doesn't like what they see in the paperwork(seriously..there are no set rules here, unfortunately), and they decide they want to further investigate whether or not she is truly an orphan, then her case will be sent to Nairobi, Kenya for USCIS(Immigration) to investigate.....sigh.
Because she was found abandoned, we were told upfront that there is a 99% chance they will send it on to Nairobi....
Our prayer right now is that they will QUICKLY determine whether or not to send it on...this first part could take weeks or MONTHS!! BUT GOD!:)
Once in Nairobi...they usually clear cases in about 2 weeks!:) YIPPPEEE!
Obviously, we are praying that it is NOT sent to Nairobi....that everything they need is already there and SATISFACTORY to them in order to clear her case quickly, and we ask(plead, beg) for you to pray as well!!!:)
In the mean time, I will be stressing and eating LARGE amounts of chocolate:)!!
In other news, our application to the Abba Fund has been accepted, and we will have all the funds for Trip 2 paid through a no-interest loan! If you still would like to donate, that's great, as that is less we have to borrow, but we're SO thankful to NOT have to worry about that!
Also, it looks like I will be traveling ALONE to pick up Naomi:(. It's just been too hard to find someone to watch our children, and now with school(Kindergarten) for Ava, driving Caleb to preschool in the afternoons, and homeschooling, it would just be easier for one of us to stay home with the kids.
I'm EXTREMELY nervous about this...mainly because of just the logistics of getting a baby through the airports and LONG flights with possible giardia...just concerned how I'm going to do that. Just pray...I'm sure I'll be fine, and my prayer is that there are OTHER adoptive families traveling the same route with us who can help if needed;)!
SO much going on, and appreciate you all so much!