I did receive the I-171H and it is on its way to Ukraine. We are supposed to be submitted next week. But, that might be changing. During this crazy holdup with USCIS I have felt like there was a purpose. The delays were so uncharacteristic that I thought God must be purposely delaying us. I think He was and I’m starting to see why. My sweet friend called me late Saturday night and told me about these 2 children that need a host family for the summer. It is a 13 year old girl and a 6 year old boy. The girl was hosted by a family here a couple of summers ago and everyone adores her. Two of her best friends have been adopted by families here and these girls are so excited that she is coming. We have prayed and prayed about what to do about this. I think God is going to teach us so much through this hosting trip. We are all really excited to see where He is going to take us! Please be praying for us as we prepare our house and our hearts for their arrival!!! Things in Ukraine keep changing everyday. One day they say that they will close for 3 to 6 months and not issue appointments until they reopen (September?). The next day they think they will keep issuing appointments throughout the ministry change. So, who knows? I just feel like this is such a wonderful opportunity for all of us. When the girl was hosted before she did not want to be adopted because she has 2 older brothers and 1 of them was at the orphanage with her. He has graduated from the orphanage now so I’m not exactly sure how she feels, but I think she hopes to be adopted. So, I don’t know if we will be submitted next week or if they will want to wait. I’m not sure how that works. Does anyone know if we can be submitted now but request a date after the hosting trip? I would love to travel in August or September, right after the hosting trip. So, we will just keep trusting and trying to be obedient to what God is calling us to do. This was a really tough decision for us. We knew we wanted to do whatever God was leading us to do, but sometimes it is just so hard to know. Anyway, I don’t think it is a good idea for me to post a lot of information about the kids on the internet, but I would LOVE for you to see their pictures! They are just precious! Just email me and I will email their pictures to you. firstname.lastname@example.org
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…”
Monday, April 25, 2011
I just got off the phone with USCIS and they said we were approved on Friday. The last email I received from our officer said that she would let me know as soon as she received the documents. I never heard from her so I assumed she was still waiting for them. It’s good news that we were approved but I had asked her to email me the document so that I could go and have it apostilled and mail it right away. I just spoke with a supervisor there and she said that she will try to take care of that. So hopefully, in just a little bit I will be on my way to Austin for my last apostille!
Monday, April 18, 2011
I resent the documents today. They are guaranteed to be there by tomorrow at noon. I included every bit of information that I could find so they can get it to the right person this time. Our officer asked me to send her the tracking number so she can be looking for it. I really think she will try to get it done as fast as possible. Now I will just wait. I have been praying about this A LOT and I feel much more at peace with whatever happens.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I have made some progress in the girls’ room. We put in 2 twin beds and it looks really cute. I cleaned out a bunch of stuff and tried to get everything organized. I’m trying to do a room each week or so. I’m dreading doing the little boys room but I think I will tackle that next. They have so many toys and Cole loves all of them. I don’t think anyone has as many weapons and costumes as he does.
Hopefully next time I will have good news!