We want to start this post by expressing so much appreciation for all of you who have helped us in this paper chasing process! Some of you have written letters of reference, answered questions, helped us find documents, allowed us to use photos of you, ran errands for us, and so much more! WE CANNOT EXPRESS HOW TRULY BLESSED WE ARE TO HAVE SUCH WONDERFUL FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

This post is very exciting to write! Hence my obnoxious capital letters and exclamations! We are excited to tell you that our documents have been sent to US Immigration Services, and we are now waiting for their approval. Once we are contacted by the FBI and fingerprinted, we will received a letter from Immigration stating that we have the approval to bring an orphan into the US. As soon as we receive this letter, our dossier (massive stack of papers that go to Ethiopia) is ready to be sent to our adoption agency for a final approval and then translated. Once we send these papers, we are told it will be somewhere between 1-3 weeks before they are on Ethiopia soil! We are so excited to hear that our paperwork is coming to an end very soon!

We ask that you please continue to pray for our process because although it feels like we have been waiting for our baby since May, the real waiting doesn't begin till our papers are in Ethiopia. Jeffrey has encouraged me not to keep looking at this Facebook group page that I am a part of because it is very discouraging for me to see that some people have been waiting over a year since their papers were in Ethiopia. I am trusting that it will all happen in the right timing and not in the timing that I would like it to be. Every adoption case is so very different from the next. If you have ever been to a foreign country, you know that other places do not operate on US time.

Once again, we are so very grateful for all of the words of encouragement and support you have shown us. We couldn't have done this without you!   amesege'nallo'- Thank you in Amharic (Well, the pronunciation of "Thank You". The language uses symbols).

Just waiting on one document!


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