Thursday, October 10, 2013
LOC!!! IN 9 DAYS! PLEASE PRAY!
We are asking for prayer - if you could please add us to your prayer list and share this with others-we would be so thankful.
Three weeks ago today our case manager called us with a huge surprise that she already had our LOC (letter of confirmation-which is your official approval to adopt your child-this typically takes 2-3 months!) She proceeds to tell us our little girl would probably be home by Christmas! So needless to say we were ecstatic! She wanted to talk about paperwork but I needed to let her go so I could get ahold of myself because I was crying and couldn’t focus on what she would say. Wow! she would be home for Christmas, in time for her 2nd birthday, blessing #1 could possibly go with - or at least would be home from college when she came home ( a huge desire of this mommas heart), hubby is off the week between Christmas and New Years so he would have extra vacation time at home with us bonding and for the many doctor appointments we will need to do when coming home. My heart was overflowing with joy because of what the Lord had done!
Then I remembered that Blessing #2 just turned 18 –she is now “another adult in the house” so she has to have her fingerprints done at USCIS. In order to get an appointment to do that she has to have all her local finger prints/background checks done, she has her county and FBI criminal checks done we are just waiting on our state clearance (they wouldn’t do it until she was 18) as of today we are STILL* waiting for this!!!! Our case manager thinks this could delay us a month to get our sweet lil girl…this is breaking our hearts. Well a month delay puts us at the end of January right into Chinese New Year -which wisely our agency doesn’t allow us to travel then. Hubby, Blessing #1 and my USCIS prints expire Feb 5…so we have to redo (and repay) for them to get done again. Which is going to be interesting seeing Blessing #1 is college now.
*UPDATE- right after I posted this we found out we got our state clearance on our daughter! Praise-now waiting on updated homestudy.
Here's how you can help: We are asking believers to please pray specifically that she will be home between Christmas and Chinese New Year. It would be so exciting to know that many are praying for her and to see what the Lord has planned. We know that no is an answer too-and will praise Him regardless. The Bible tells us to take all our cares to Him nothing is to big or to small for Him. He knows our hearts longing to bring her home to a family who will love her and to start getting the medical care she needs. So will you please join us in prayer for this?
Recently one day when I was worrying about all this (I know…not supposed to do that) and having to wait on all this paperwork need- I was saying” its just a piece of paper”. Well the Lord reminded me of something that happened with our 1st adoption. We didn’t pass court in Ethiopia which isn’t too unusual typically due to a missing paper from Ethiopia and they just reschedule. Well we didn’t pass even our 3rd court date which was not common- we were going for our agency’s highest record of reschedules (not a record we were wanting)! The next day my caseworker called I was assuming to tell us our next court date, but she said there was some kind of miscommunication and we actually did pass court – Lil Guy was now legally our son! Well when we traveled to pick him up we were talking with Al**z who ran the transition home our son was in, I mentioned the miscommunication on our court appointment. She gave me the strangest look and said “No, there was no miscommunication-you did not pass court!” Then proceeded to tell us that after our 3rd appointment she had received a call from the court for her to call regarding one of her families, when she called they then told her we actually passed. Al**z said they never do that-call her to change a ruling, usually they will just reschedule and pass the family next time. She said “You know who did that-who changed that paper-we just need to trust in Him who does that!” Wow! Such a wonderful reminder how powerful our God is.
So we are trusting and believing in the Lord who is bigger than any paperwork or government-He who can do all things. Our Lord has it all under control. We know that the Lords plans are always best. His timing is perfect. He is rarely early BUT He is never late. We are trusting in His plans-rejoicing in the things He has done. Hoping in Him for the things He can do and is doing.
We would be so thankful to have you pray for this with us! Also each year we are going to print our blog as a memory album to look back on all the Lord has done; so if you would like leave a comment so our daughter can see that people were praying her home.
Habakkuk 2:3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end- it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.