Last week started off as a hard week, we still had no idea when our paperwork would come, we were in such a state of limbo. I felt like we just kept telling people "hopefully we'll hear something this week" over and over. and over.
Last Wednesday I prayed so hard that our paperwork would move. I had NO idea literally what to pray for but I knew that I needed to pray. So I did. I was pretty raw and kind of mad in my prayer, but I knew that I needed to be honest, so I was.
The next day (literally like 12 hours later) we got word that our money was requested. Now, that wasn't a huge deal, we knew that they needed our money to release the documents but had to idea how long it would take after they got it to release them. So while that was a huge relief, we still really had no news, but any news in West Africa is good news, so even though it was small we took it!
So backtrack, Thursday our money was wired.
Then Monday, that was a hard day. Our little guys birthday is coming up in a week, and so I prayed again, I prayed boldly that we could get our paperwork filed before his birthday. I knew it was a long shot because we really had no timeline. But I prayed anyway.
Justin jokes with me that I just need to get mad, and get "at my whits end!" because that's when stuff usually happens. When we feel like we're at the end.
Yesterday morning an email pops up "We have your documents! They came last night!"
I just started at the email, feeling like I couldn't breathe, and my hands were shaking. I remember calling Justin crying, so relieved. The government in little mans country had approved us to be a family.
So yesterday we signed our documents, and sent them off to USCIS (immigration) petition for "little man" to be recognized as our son and to start his visa application.
And then we ran (almost literally) to the post office to get that baby sent off!
Excuse the terrible picture quality, it was dark and rainy. And I couldn't sit still.
So here's what's next!
We wait for US approval, and once they issue that the US will issue our "Article 5 letter" which tells the country that we can go to court, and then we go to court.
And then we GO!
It will probably be a few months, maybe 2, two and a half.
But it's close, much closer.