Though it seemed as if nothing had been happening on our adoption process for several months, we knew that was not true. We knew everything was in the court system in Africa. Weeks turned in to months, and it became harder to wait...but I am happy to report that THAT waiting has finally come to an end. Our boys are legally "OURS" in Africa! (note underline) After receiving the news, we again had to wait several more weeks for all the court documents to be translated to English--those translations came last Friday afternoon. So, what does this all mean? It allowed us to move on to the next step. On Monday, we filed our I-600 to the USCIS. It entailed LOTS of organization of paperwork. Here is our mailing stack...
What happens next? We now wait to hear from the USCIS. Maybe 6-12 weeks...or even longer with the holidays?? After their approval, it will all move on to the U.S. Embassy so that (you got it)....we can wait again.
In the meantime, we fill out more forms. :)
But, even in the midst of waiting and filling out more forms, I am encouraged. Why? My friend, Angie, is creative. Read her blog and you'll see for yourself. I got this cute idea from her...my own little blackboard. I have it sitting on my kitchen counter where I've been writing verses on it so that my family and I can memorize more scripture. I LOVE IT. I am encouraged because this is the verse God prompted me to learn this week: