Saturday, April 12, 2014

My Heart Is Bursting!

Yesterday was a very, very busy day. I was running around like a crazy person getting ready for Paul Vincent's birthday celebration. He was having a school party (cookie cake) with his classmates around noon. Then, after school, I would be picking him up with three of his friends from school - movie, pizza and cake. I was in a frenzy of picking up party things and the cookie and such. As normal - I always would have a few thoughts of my daughter as I do my daily tasks. Typical daily stuff...

Then it happened.

I jumped in my car to get the boys from school.

I tapped my mailbox on my phone and tuned the radio and was on my way.

As I made my way, I glanced down at my phone. 

And I had to pull over. 

An email. Titled "Happy Easter". From our agency. I closed my eyes and prayed to God. I asked Him for His will to be done and to guide my ways with this coming information.

And I opened my eyes and read the email.

"Dear Katie and Paul,

Today our office in C*l*mbia received the referral of "Rose" made by the ICBF
region of B*g*tá.
The official referral includes all of the adoption documents for the child,
medical history and social background with a letter from ICBF.

The next steps with approximate time frames are..."

And I couldn't read any more. I was too excited. And I was crying. Boohoo tears. Mixed with "Thank you, Jesus!" and "Praise God!" I frantically tried to reach Paul. I couldn't! Who could I tell?? I couldn't share until Paul knew!! I was a mess. 

I dried my eyes and pulled back onto the road. I made it to the carpool line and managed to contain myself. I was slowly entering the next phase of receiving news of this matter... shock.

The boys got into the car and we made it back to the house - so that I could FINALLY tell Paul. We both shared our excitement, and a little disbelief, that after nearly TWO YEARS OF FIGHTING we will meet our daughter. 

PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!!!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Waiting for Our Officer

We are waiting for our USCIS officer. I check daily by email. Every day I get a speedy response of "no". Yesterday's email even told me to check back in at the END of next WEEK! No way!! I'm not going give you a break! You will know my name! You will memorize my SIM number! At night, when you sleep, you will see my email address. LOL!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Biometrics!

There are many 'little' things that add up to make big things in the adoption world. One little thing is the biometrics appointment. You get an appointment to an office - an office you can barely even tell is there - for electronic fingerprints. It's quiet, clean and very orderly. It takes *maybe* 5 minutes. To a parent going through international adoption, that 5 minute appointment is HUGE. If you are lucky, your local office that might let you in a few days early. In our case, our appointment was scheduled at just the right time. We had been out of town for Spring Break and would not have been able to get in any earlier. Thanks be to God for the perfect appointment date!

After our appointment, I immediately sent an email to the USCIS office and let them know it was complete and I also asked if we had been assigned an officer. I got a quick email back and was told we do not have an officer, but to check back in as often as I wanted. I had to laugh. In my head I thought... Every two hours?? Ha. I will check tomorrow, but I am praying that we will get our officer today! Please pray with me!! The faster we get our officer, the faster we get approval.

Thank you!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Birthday Girl

Today is my precious girl's birthday. I am going to try and keep my chin up. Pouting cannot change anything. I have a stack of gifts waiting for her when the day comes. Until then, my thoughts and prayers will have to be enough. She's turning six. It's been nearly two years of fighting to bring her home. I know it's not likely that I will ever get to fully explain to her how hard I have fought to bring her home, but hopefully her guardian angel is whispering sweet things to her, preparing the way for her heart to be open to the love of her forever family! 

Happy Birthday Sweet Rose!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

It's out of my hands

I was so happy to send off our paperwork to USCIS. It feels GREAT to have it out of my hands and someone else's responsibility. Of course, this doesn't stop my mind from racing and trying to stalk I-800a timelines of other adopting families. I know that I will wait very impatiently for an email letting me know that our paperwork has entered the 'lockbox'. Hoping that we will see movement with that this week.

Another thing I just have to mention - I need help with something. I cannot shake the feeling of bad things coming. Could you pray that I could have a renewed sense of peace regarding this process? I am having difficulty feeling good about this, since we have had so many bad days in the past. It's terrible to be trying to stay focused on God and His will, while having this nagging feeling.

Thank you.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

As Usual

As usual, everything takes longer than you think it will. Ha!

As of today, our home study update is complete. Thank you, Jesus!!!

If you can join me in prayer that we can get a super speedy USCIS officer who is moved by the Holy Spirit to complete our paperwork as soon as humanly possible, that would be fantastic.

I will overnight it and continue to keep you posted as I get details.

So far, no new news from her country... which is fantastic. I know that sounds odd, but we REALLY need USCIS approval prior to hearing anything else. Weird, huh?

There is one more thing that is so very important to me...

I need to say THANK YOU.

Someone out there in the world has felt called to help us when we finally travel. Our FSP funds are specifically for travel and fees. This includes paying for flights to her country, paying for two months of accommodations - which will most likely be an apartment, paying for our meals (which I hear is pricey in her area), agency fees and paying for flights back home. So these donations are certainly appreciated and I see them as a gift for our daughter. Especially since...

Rose turns six years old at the end of the month.

Six.

That's six years without a mommy and daddy. That's two years since we saw that precious face and fell in love.

So, THANK YOU to the people who have felt called to help us on this journey. We look forward to the day when we can tell her how very loved she is!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Baby Steps

We are **this close** to finishing up our home study update!! Super hopeful it can be ready by TOMORROW so that we can overnight the I800a and have it submitted early next week. I'm pretty sure it takes about two weeks to get a biometrics appointment after it's submitted.

Overall, I think it could take 8 weeks for USCIS approval... so maybe by the end of April...

I have turned in our FBI fingerprints and gotten Paul's updated employment letter. Only thing I need to do now is get the updated physician's letters. Once I have our FBI report, I need to get apostilles.

So... Baby Steps!!!