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If you think about it…

We would appreciate your prayers for tomorrow. We’ll be making a call to the US Embassy to find out why there is a delay in approval of our I-600.  (The I-600 is a Petition to Classify an Orphan as an Immediate Relative and is filed with the USCIS.)

The USCIS at the Embassy in Haiti has had our file since November 14. In August of last year, they told me that all they were waiting for was our court documents for it to be approved, so I expected that we would have approval long before the end of November.  Instead, it’s January 1 and we’re still waiting.

Thanks for praying with us!

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Adoption Update

So, it’s December 21, 2012 and what I had hoped would happen long before now still has yet to happen.  Our boys are still in Haiti and we do not have a date yet for when we can bring them home.

Our file is still sitting in the US Customs and Immigration Service section of the US Embassy in Port au Prince. It’s been sitting there since November 14.  There was some activity on it around December 6, a request for documents which we sent within 5 minutes of the receipt of the request and they confirmed their receipt the following Monday. Then on Friday, December 14 we got another request for the same documents. Disheartening, but we sent them again anyway.

We had hoped we would see greater efficiency and efficacy once our file moved the US side, but that is not the case.

Steps still to be completed:

  • Waiting for approval of our I-600 – Petition to Classify an Orphan as an Immediate Relative.
  • Medical exam at embassy-approved doctor (taking place today).
  • Visa interview and issuance from the US Consular section of the embassy.
  • Exit letter from IBESR (Haitian Social Services)
  • Board the plane and fly to Miami
  • Go through immigration in Miami and fly home.

You can see we are agonizingly close.  I have no timeline for when we expect any of these steps to finish, unfortunately.  Well, not quite true, I know of timelines, but am hesitant to apply one to our case as we seem to not meet any of them.

Please pray that we receive approval soon.

 

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Inside the embassy somewhere…

Well, we sort of know where our file is.  We know it’s inside this building:

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We know it’s in the Customs and Immigration Unit of the US Embassy in Port au Prince, but we know nothing further than that. We’re awaiting the adjudication of our Form I-600 “Petition to classify Orphan as Immediate Relative”. We’ve submitted all requested paperwork and at this time are just waiting to hear the outcome.

To bring our boys home, we need to move from USCIS to the Consular section for the issuance of their visas to come to the US.

Once the visas are issued, we get an exit letter from the IBESR (Social Welfare office) and then we can get on the plane and bring them home.

Please be praying for these things:

  • A swift conclusion to the adjudication process.
  • A quick process through the Consular Section (We’re pretty sure this will take at least 8 days, but we’re hoping for not much longer than 2 weeks).
  • Once these are done, a quick issuance of the exit letter.

Thank you for partnering with us in prayer to bring our children home.

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After a delay, we’re moving again…

At least we think we are…

If I’ve learned nothing else over the last two years of our Haitian adoption journey, I’ve learned to depend on God’s timing rather than my own.  We thought we’d be in Haiti picking up our boys this week, but we aren’t.  We had a delay of several weeks and so our file is just now moving into the embassy.

Monday, the embassy was closed for Veterans Day in the US.

Tuesday, our representative was turned away after waiting half the day because the embassy wanted two copies of our dossier, in addition to the original.

Maybe today will be the day…

Not my will, but yours, Lord.

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Getting Closer Every Day

We’re expecting news that our boys’ Haitian passports are printed on Tuesday of this coming week.  That is the very last step on the Haitian side of our adoption.  From there, our entire dossier moves into the US Embassy.  We’re praying for smooth sailing on our I-600 Petition to Classify an Orphan as an Immediate Relative application. After that is approved, it’s on to the Consular Section for the issuance of the visa.

As soon as the visa is issued, we’ll be on our way home.

We still covet your prayers that there would be no further delays. Thank you for supporting us in prayer for the last year. You’ve kept us sane!!!

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Latest Prayer Request

Ok, so you may have read on twitter/facebook that birth certificates had been issued with our last names on them in late August.  From there, there are just a few more steps.

1. File needs to be finished being legalized (every signature checked and verified as legal)

2. File enters MOI – another verification step and then recommendation for passport issuance with our last names.

3. Passport issuance

4. Entire dossier heads to the US Embassy for final approval of our I-600 (already have in writing, they are just waiting for paperwork to be in their hands).

5. File moves to the US Consular section at the Embassy for the Visa issuance (entails a visa interview and then the visa will be issued a few days later).

6. Visas issued

7. We go and get the boys.

Seven small steps, but each one seems to take forever.  Would you please pray with us that we would move into MOI this week?

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The truth…

Someone recently said to me, “I so admire what you and your husband are doing by adopting all these boys.”

Please do not admire me. It is neither me, nor my husband, who has any reason to be admired. Five years ago, we both had far different plans for the rest of our lives. Our son was in the middle of his senior year and the day we had been waiting for for 22 years was fast approaching. We were going to retire in Florida and spend the rest of our years doing exactly what we had not done in our early twenties.  We had our children early and so we were not out doing what we wanted to do, we were raising and supporting children and broke most of the time. We ached for the day they were out of the house and our lives would finally be about us. We’d buy whatever we wanted, go wherever we wanted, do whatever we wanted.

I promised you the truth… some days I still ache for that day, especially when the parenting road gets difficult.

But God wooed us and we fell in love with Him and we changed.

“I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and delivered Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20

Our adoptions (both of them) have been about obedience to the Lord’s call and hoping to bring glory to His name, not our own.

Admire God, for it is to Him that we direct all the glory!

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Adoption Update

We finally got the phone call!!!

Tuesday morning, Brian and I will be on a flight to Haiti to finalize our adoption in a Haitian courtroom.  We are so excited!! Thank you for partnering with us in prayer for this day to happen!

Interestingly, our call came exactly 2 days before our file had been in IBESR for exactly a year. 363 days of learning patience…

We don’t expect to be bringing them home with us on this trip, but God could certainly surprise us with that blessing.

We would appreciate your prayers in the following areas:

  • That we would be able to fit in all of the appointments we need to take care of between Tues and Fri.  Two court appearances and then passports to be issued.
  • That we would be able to get all documents translated back into English quickly so that we can deliver the entire dossier to the US Embassy on Monday morning or even earlier 😉 .
  • Pray that once the dossier is in the hand of the Embassy that they will review everything quickly and approve our I-600 Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative. We previously had a roadblock at the embassy and we need it to fall down.  The boys cannot get visas to come to the USA if our I-600 is not approved.  Please pray that God will remove all the barriers and to direct us to the right people in our government to facilitate that removal.
  • Pray that our boys will be home on or before 8/8/12.  It’s my birthday and that would be a very cool birthday present!

Again thanks to all of you who have supported our family in prayer throughout this process.  We’re not there yet, but we are into the final sprint!!