Immigration…next step

Well, we are excited that we are now officially approved through our agency to adopt from Colombia. So, I want to keep you updated on our next step. We need to be approved through immigration. The Citizenship and Immigration Services received our paperwork and fees on  9/24/14. This process usually takes around 45 days to get an approval.  So around Nov. 8th we should hear something about getting approved. As soon as we get approval through immigration we can send the Dossier to Colombia.

One part of the immigration approval is getting your biometrics done. They schedule the appointment not you. So, when we got the appointment, we knew that God had his hand in this situation again. The  date was on our Fall Break….we didn’t have to take off of work!!! This was totally awesome since the immigration office is in a city 2 hours from us!

SIDE NOTE: I will blog about the Dossier later but basically we really needed our daughter to get some blood work done because of a scheduling nightmare.

So, why not get the lab work done in a town an hour away before we leave to drive the opposite direction for 2 hours. It was going to be an adventure! That’s just the way we do things!

We were done with the lab work and headed to the immigration appt. we had at 12:00 when my husband asked me if I had the paperwork. This was kind of silly because my husband and daughter both saw me carry it out to the car when we left. So, I looked in the seat next to me where my things were and it was NOT there. PANIC!

You see ….apparently this paper if super important! So, we turned around and went to search the house. It was not in the house and the immigration office had a 68 minute wait for the next operator. So, I just prayed we would find it or we would have favor when we arrived. We hopped in the car and headed towards our destination. While driving my sweet husband picked up his book for some light reading and guess what he was using as his bookmark. YEP….those important papers. We still today have NO idea how it got in his book.

It is fantastic that we found the papers but now we were on to our next problem. You see there was no way we could make it on time.

As we entered the doors it was super official. We explained the problem and they said they could not see us at our appointment but we could go in with our daughter to her appointment!! Praise Jesus!

After all of that we had our fingerprints scanned and were on our way!

Check….biometrics….done!

Now we are just waiting for final approval!

Agency Approval

 

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Super exciting news came to us this week! We knew we were getting close and had turned in all the paper work, however; we are officially APPROVED through our agency! This required a training, lots of paperwork, updates of paperwork, a home study, psychologist report, Dr. visits, pictures of our family and home, and more paperwork. This is a big deal because in the adoption world it seems you sit and wait A Lot. So, when you move forward you just have to celebrate!! We are so impressed with our agency and couldn’t have made a better choice for our family. They are so helpful and understanding. I pray that if you’re adopting, you get the same support as we have had. Our agency has been doing this for over 125 years. We are so blessed by their knowledge!

~pray that during the waiting we don’t get discouraged and stay focused on living each day to its fullest.

~pray for approval through the next few steps

~pray we find a sibling match for our family

~pray that the adoption fees will be fully funded

*Thank you for your prayers and support during this journey that God is leading us on. It is fun to experience it with you!

Profile Update

When adopting you get to fill out this lovely little document that really makes you stop and think.

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We have filled this out before so you would think that this would be super easy. Well, guess again. This form is a very detailed list of what you are willing to accept in the children you bring home. It is a great way for the agency to match children with you. However, because of my compassion towards children, this is very hard for me! You see when you are a mom, you just take care of your children no matter what. If your child has any medical issues, you just do what it takes to help them. I don’t see any difference in the children we adopt. I do realize that some  conditions would be hard to provide for financially and we should consider what we are equipped to take care of . For example, our house is definitely not wheelchair accessible. We definitely have things that we are better at and things that we know nothing about. Since adoption is something new to us, we will be learning so much that we had no idea about. I call that adventure…..and I love adventures!! God made me like that!  I firmly believe that God will give us the children that we are being prepared to care for.

And yes, I said children. People often assume that when you are adopting, it is going to be ONE sweet little baby. NOT us! We have been called to care for ONE sweet sibling group.

Let’s get this paperwork started

In the adoption world there is lots of updating! We have sent in several documents that have expired and had only one thing left to update. That was our pictures of our home and family. This should have been a very easy task and an exciting time. This would allow us to move forward and get things accomplished. However, I just couldn’t get myself to take those pictures. Day after day it was something on my list to do that did NOT get done. I prayed about this and felt a very different feeling this time. Before I was very efficient and had the drive to get things done very quickly. This time I don’t have an urgency to get this done. I believe that God gives you moments of peace just to enjoy life. While resting you learn so much and are restored to where you need to be. I believe that timing is in God’s hands and if I push too much, I will ignore the great plan He has for our family. Through this journey I have really accepted to enjoy the blessings I have right in front of me and not to be consumed with what I want. What I want is a beautiful family that loves the Lord God Almighty. I have that right in front of me. And when God brings more kids to our house….they will also be part of our wonderful life. I can’t wait, but I’m not putting my family on hold until they get here. I have to live my life to the fullest and expect Him to bless us with an exciting journey. Who knows what he has in store for us!

During that resting time I feel like God has been preparing me for what is to come. And let me be honest. I am a little scared. I know that fear is not a feeling I should let in however, God is asking me to do some things that are just a little uncomfortable. But ultimately, I know that if God is asking…..and I say yes…..it will be amazing!

So, after that time of resting, I am back to the feeling that I need to get going on the paperwork. I have taken those pictures and they are in the mail as we speak. I am at my kitchen table with lots of papers, binders, and a beautiful sun shiny day! This paperwork will be interesting! It is the 1800A. You use this form to initiate the immigration process if you intend to adopt a child who resides in a Hague country. There are directions for the directions…ha! Then an application, checklist, and supplement 1,2, and 3!    Just 16 pages….. Let’s get started!

Here we go again!
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Expired

Adoption is a journey….we are learning the ups and downs of it. We have so much more to learn, especially when our children arrive.  For those of you who have adopted, you will totally understand the point we are at. In the beginning of adoption you are following a paperwork trail to get your kids home. We went through this a year ago and were so excited that we finished it in record time! Well, like I said… that was a year ago and that means that our paperwork has expired and we are in the updating process.  I’m going to be real here. I need some prayer to get through this waiting/paperwork. I have lost some of that energy and excitement to get things done quickly.

When you are in a season of waiting, it can overwhelm you. I have talked before about how it can actually turn into an idol. So, we have tried to go on with life and not let the adoption “what ifs” start to hold us back from living life. We are enjoying life and are excited for what is to come!

Two things that have kept us distracted and busy are the two new babies in our family!I love being around babies! Their laugh just makes me smile! Seriously…being an aunt & grandparent is incredible! Most recently we had a 1st Birthday and 1st Food! Here are some pics from our fun times!

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1st Baby Food!

My brother's sweet 1yr old!

My brother’s sweet 1yr old!

It is important that we enjoy life and don’t let the waiting blind the joy all

around us!