I’m taking a short intermission in blogging about our trip to Iquitos, Peru, to give an adoption update.
Here’s where we’re at, y’all. Our paperwork is at CIS right now. That’s our I-800a, petition to adopt children from a Hague Convention Country. As of two days ago, our paperwork had been at CIS for right at 31 days and we still had not been assigned an officer. I am told that once you’re assigned an officer, they finish processing your application in about two days. I am praying for this to happen quickly.
In the meantime, we are working on some other dossier paperwork. Our dossier is the huge stack of papers we send to Peru with our request for our two sweeties. It’s everything imaginable, information wise, about our family. We are mostly through with our dossier stuff, apart from our medical exams which have an expiration. We won’t get those until we know CIS is through or almost through with our application. We do not want to have to re-do those medicals.
We went last week to re-take some tests at our psychologist’s office. Over 600 multiple choice questions later, we’re through! Then two days later we went to Jackson for our biometric fingerprints. That’s part of our CIS stuff. Then we drove from Jackson back to Monroe to go to the psychiatrist. That meeting went perfect, and we left with the paperwork we need. The psychiatrist was super and said we were the easiest patients she’d seen all day.
Also, our in-country attorneys have a special meeting with the head over adoption TOMORROW, about our family specifically. They are bringing photos of the ways we are preparing our home and photos of our family. I am not sure of the point of the meeting, apart from simply showing them that we are working our booties off over here in the USA to get to these kids as quickly as we can. I think it’s to show them that someone does want to adopt BOTH of them, and to show them that they certainly do not need to be separated. It’s very possible that the director of adoptions could express her opinions about our family pursuing these children. I am asking for prayer for an incredible meeting. For favor beyond favor. Please join me in praying.
I will soon be writing about the day we met our two sweeties. I must give a snippet though…they are great kids. Hilarious, FUN, giving, mannerly…you wonder how this happens when kids are orphans without families, and so do I. They really are precious. We are beyond smitten. The home they are in is an excellent one. The kids there receive a lot of counseling, nurturing, and care. It is so evident in comparison with what I’ve seen elsewhere. I constantly see their sweet faces in front of me. I cannot wait until I can share those sweet faces with everyone.
I am studying Spanish in every spare moment. I must get better at communicating things beyond the basics. I am praying for direction in raising the remaining $15,000-$18,000 we need. Things this big are too large to wrap my mind around. There’s no use in trying. The amazing part is we’ve paid out around $13,000- $13, 500 for this process already. That’s something we could never produce and just blow in excess outside of our normal living, and that’s been in somewhere around 6 months. But when God leads his people, he sends provision. I am so confident of that. So while the enemy tempts me to doubt where on earth the rest of this money will come from, I can easily turn around and say, “No way will my Lord NOT provide. NO WAY will my God not send what we need. I can see a line of every provision met behind me. I can trust the line of need ahead will certainly be met.”
The scripture ringing in me over it all:
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? Numbers 23:19
I must keep trusting. God will make a way.