Holding pattern describes out adoption journey quite well right now. You know how you’re getting ready to land at your final airport, and the pilot starts circling the airport? You can see it, but for now you’re stuck just going around and around. Yeah, that’s us.
We found out about 1 1/2 weeks ago that I will have have to go back to Dallas and have my fingerprints redone. I guess Immigration wasn’t able to get a good read on my prints, so they scheduled me to go back again for a second try. Argh! And, you can’t really just walk in and do them. You have to have an appointment. So, we’re in a holding pattern until March 27 when I will go and try again. Please pray that they can read them this time!
This has been a huge hold up for us. The rest of our documents are already in L@tvia and should all be translated by now. So, it’s just sitting there, waiting for this one clearance, and then it can go to court for L@tvia to approve us to adopt. After that, it will take another 4-8 weeks to get our referral (or to be “matched up” with the kids). We’ll then get our travel dates which could come with as little as 2 weeks notice, but possibly 4 weeks.
That means we have a pretty good chance of traveling sometime in June. It’s much later than we had hoped, but, well, it is what it is. As long as we get to go at some point (soon), I’m doing my best to be patient.
In the meantime, we’re trying to prepare on this end. We’re keeping busy with preparing our house, buying some things for the girls (we have nothing for kids, really), reading about adoption, praying, and fundraising.
On that note, a huge thank you to everyone who participated in $2 for 2 on 2/22! At the end of the event our cumulative total was, no joke, $2,222! How fun is that? Since then we received a few more donations and are now 29% funded ($3770)! We have almost reached our anticipated budget for plane tickets, which is super exciting! We are so thankful for you and to the Lord for the provision for this adoption. There is no way we could do this on our own.
If you would like to help us out and be a part of giving these two precious girls a forever family, you can make a donation through PayPal (use the link on this page), or if you would like a tax deduction, let us know and I can give you information on how you can do that.
Bless you & thank you so much!