I have had several people ask me lately about what the latest is on our adoption. If you are one of those people, thank you for asking and thank you for your concern.
The reason I haven't given an update lately is because there is really nothing to update. We are waiting once again :)
Here is where we are though: Our paperwork and case have been submitted to USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services). In adoption lingo, this means filing our I600. This basically means that someone reviews our case and looks at all the paperwork and approves that it is ok for Emmalyn to immigrate here. I found out today that the officer assigned to our case has it on her desk, however she has a couple of cases before ours. Please pray for quick approval!!
After this is approved, we get an Embassy appointment in Congo. Our lawyer will represent us there. If everything goes well at the Embassy, then visas can be issued. Then we can travel!!! Oh Happy Day that will be!!!
So the next question everyone always asks is, "so how long does all that take?" And the answer is we don't know. There are a couple of families working with our agency that just had Embassy appointments last week. They are preparing to travel in August. We are thinking we will travel in September, but we just don't know. And we won't know until we get the phone call.
We just wait and pray and wait some more and pray and try to get things prepared and then wait some more and pray and then learn a couple of words in Lingala and then wait and pray some more. It feels like the story of our life. But God has taught us so much in the wait and I wouldn't trade that.
You can pray for us and for Emmalyn and our case. Pray that things go smoothly with USCIS and the Embassy. Pray that we get to travel soon to bring her home to her family.
Thanks friends and family for supporting, caring about, and loving our family!!