Paperwork = A waiting game

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Just wanted to give an update to those of you wondering what’s going on in our adoption world. For the last 2 months (since we made the decision to switch our adoption country to Haiti) we have been redoing all of our adoption paperwork and medicals.  We had to do an update on our home study. We also had to redo our whole dossier as most of our paperwork had expired and Haiti had some different requirements than Ethiopia.

Here’s where we are now and how you can pray for us.

1. We are currently waiting on Mississippi to send a criminal clearance for Emil. As soon as this paper is received our home study will be done.

2. Once home study is complete we add that to our paperwork to turn into immigration then we wait for their approval.

3. While we are waiting on immigration approval I’m sending paperwork to the state level for authentication. Then we wait again to receive these documents back and add them to our Dossier.

3. Once we get immigration approval and our docs back from authentication at the state level then I can mail our Dossier to our agency. Our agency sends to Washington (I think) for more approvals and then they will have our Dossier translated before it goes to Haiti.  Once received in Haiti we will get on the waiting list for a referral!

Currently the wait for a referral for a child is said to be about 8-12 months. Within 2 weeks of getting the referral Emil and I will head to Haiti for a 2 week visit to meet our son and spend time with him. Our agency is hopeful that sometime in 2015 Emil and I will be in Haiti! That’s exciting news to me!

Thanks for all your prayers and support thus far! Please pray our clearances and government approval would come back quicker than expected! And that I will continue to have patience! I’m very anxious to get this huge stack of paperwork out of my house!

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The Tampa Chosen Marathon that we have been training for to benefit and bring awareness to adoption is in 2 weeks! We have a 12 mile run this weekend to wrap up our long runs in our training! I’ve never ran a half marathon before and I can say during this training it has been a good reminder to me of what adoption will be like.  I’ve had many ups and downs in training. Days you feel great while running and days you feel like death would be better than to continue running another step (okay that’s a little dramatic).  But we have been determined to finish, Kept our eye on the end prize, persevered to the end, and I know at that finish line it’s going to be a special feeling. Not only a great feeling that 13 miles is over and I can sleep in some days instead of getting up at 5:30am to go torture my body – ha ha – but the joy of being given my medal by an adopted child and knowing that everyone there has come together and trained for months on end to bring awareness to adoption and are there to care for the fatherless. It’s going to be a great event and we are so excited to be a part of it. I’m really excited to continue my running journey hoping to be a part of this great run and this organization (chosen and abba fund) every year – Not only for my own child’s benefit but for the benefit of all adopted children!

Philippians 3:13-14  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

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