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We have been waiting for a response to our submission of the I-600 request. It was received at USCIS about 2 weeks ago. One of the glories of bureaucracy is that it did not get to our officer’s desk until last week. She said she would get to it late last week or early this week.

Apparently she did, because today we received that coveted piece of paper in the mail- the Provisional Approval.

Provisional: providing  or serving for the time being only; existing only until permanently or properly replaced; temporary

It becomes permanent at the time of the adoption. We now have permission from the U.S. Government to bring these 2 children home. There are still a few things that have to happen before this can take place. We need an invitation to come to the DRC and an appointment with the U.S. Consulate in the DRC.

He is a very, very bad man!

One disadvantage of being in Arizona and having an agency in Georgia is that the office was closed when we got the letter today. But we are far more sincere than Jerry when he told Babu Bhatt that “the wheels are in motion.” Babu would be flown in from Pakistan at Jerry’s trial to testify, with finger wagging, that Jerry was “a very, very bad man.” The wheels really are in motion and our intention is to bring these 2 children to their new home and family here in Arizona.

We had a family that traveled recently bring a picture book to Micah. It has pictures of all of us and our home. We wanted to prepare Micah (and Asher) for their new home. We wanted them to have hope. The pictures we saw of her opening it were the first ones of her we had seen where she was smiling. We recently saw other pictures of her carrying the book. It has become something near and dear to her, apparently. It brings us great joy to see her filled with joy at the prospect of a new life with new opportunities. She will have parents who love her, AND can provide for her. Her mother and grandmother loved them, but were unable to provide from them. Our home is probably unlike any she has ever seen. I’m sure it communicates that she will be cared for. They will have no (foreseeable) lack for food, clothes and love. They will also have a church family that will love and support them- offering an even greater hope in Christ. And, if they miss the chaos of tons of kids in the orphanage, there is always the Farm with time in the company of up to 10 uncles and aunts as 14 cousins.

Oh, did I mention they’d finally have a dad?

I think Amie’s excited.

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Yesterday we were traveling all day, heading from a family vacation in the Adirondacks to our home in Arizona (I nearly typed Florida we lived there so long). That is a long day when traveling with two relatively young children who refuse to nap on the plan. Our time in Vegas was less than pleasant.

But… just before we got to the airport in Albany, we got an e-mail that we’ve been waiting for. The judge in the DRC finally handled our paperwork. Our case in court is now complete (yes!) though it took longer than expected for a variety of reasons. We also have our Certificate of Non-Appeal which means the mother has not contested the adoption.

The agency is still waiting the Judgment, Adoption Act and Birth Certificates. After this we make some serious headway. But things are happening. The wheels are in motion. Unlike Jerry we aren’t blowing smoke.

Since this has taken longer than anticipated we will have to update our homestudy and immigration information. Foolish us, we should have added an extra year. So we have 2 new hurdles that we can do now instead of having to wait. It is coming together.

There is still time to support the adoption financially via Razoo. I think until the end of the month. See, I underestimated that too…

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When we adopted Elijah, the agency we used had an office about an hour away from us.  So, the agency did our home study.  There was no confusion about what was needed.

Steve Taylor sang Svengali and adopted a child

In fact, the social worker they used lived in our city.    She had adopted a boy from Viet Nam, and was very helpful for us in understanding international adoption.  One tip she gave us was that the transition will take about as long as the child was in an orphanage.  One man I knew from Presbytery who had previously adopted from China told me, “I wish someone told us that.”

By the way, Florida Presbytery of the ARP (Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church for those who don’t know) was filled with pastors who adopted.  5 other guys came immediately to mind (it is not a huge Presbytery).  Some were domestic adoptions, and some were international adoptions.  The basic consensus was “we didn’t know how we’d afford it, but God provided.”  More on that later.

Another things this social worker tipped us on was acupuncture.  After traveling to Viet Nam, and being very careful all the time, her husband was sick.  For over a year he was lethargic and not himself.  No western doctors knew what was wrong.  Desperate they went to the local acupuncturist they used (whom we then used and found quite helpful).  A specialist happened to be in town.  While in Viet Nam they had been so careful.  But they spent a night in Tokyo.  While in the pool, he picked up a parasite.  Soon he was back to normal.

This time around, the we are using a different agency.  We enjoyed working with the first one, but they didn’t have a program in our country of choice.  The new agency doesn’t have an office way out here.  But the local adoption agency (Christian Family Care Agency) we considered while briefly considering domestic adoption was able to do the home study.  We had met the lady once before, and she was very nice.

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