I get a lot of calls
and emails and other types of messages
from people asking...
"how much longer?!?"
Some waiting parents get annoyed
with these questions... I think it's kinda cute.
"awww... you think you'd miss my big announcement
that we are leaving in a week to go get our kids? How cute...!"
So, here's an update!!
We passed court on January 11th -
becoming the legal parents to 5 more gorgeous kiddos!
On January 25th, we got word that the official court decree was in-hand...
meaning they could start the paperwork to get us ready to return.
YESTERDAY, February 9,
we heard that we have birth certificates printed for each of our kiddos!
This is good because it's the start of all this paperwork we need to get
submitted to the US Embassy.
It's also good because it's the first official document
listing their name with our last name!
So... what does that MEAN?
Well... it's a step in the right direction.
NOW, they have to submit to some office to get a letter written,
wait for that...
submit for passports...
wait for those...
submit for a doctor's exam at the Embassy...
wait for that appointment...
DO the appointment...
wait for the official letter from the doctor...
THEN take all these things they've been collecting
and go get them translated (there is ONE translating office. ONE.)...
wait for that to get done... (anyone see a theme developing here?)
THEN they take the whole stack of stuff over to submit it to the Embassy.
At this point, one of two things happens.
1. They accept it.
2. They hand it back asking for revisions.
Let's all pray for #1, okay?
When they accept the file,
we wait for an email that they have it
and then another email that they have decided what to do with it.
They almost always schedule another interview with whoever found or relinquished the child/ren.
This will be about a month out...
and then, in MOST CASES...
the family is cleared to return and get their child/ren
days after that interview.
At whatever point they schedule an interview for our kids' family member,
we can take that appointment and add about a week-10 days to determine when
we will be flying back!
Here's my non-scientific, super hopeful, mostly dreaming timeline of these events:
Jan.11 - court
Jan. 25 - court decree
Feb. 9 - Birth Certificates
Feb. 22 - Passports
March 7 - Embassy submission
March 28 - Interview
March 30 - Clearance and appointment scheduled!
April 5 - fly out of here...
April 7 - take custody!!
See how optimistic I am?!?
It's ALMOST the March timeline my sweet oldest boy told me he wanted...
He was convinced when I was leaving and saying goodbye
that we would be coming back for them in March.
I wish that were looking possible...
and miracles CERTAINLY happen - I've witnessed a few in the past 6 months!
But for now...
that's where we are in the process!
Thank you to everyone who is following along!
Your comments and prayers bless me!