Here is a quick update of how things are going around here!
- We are very close to our homestudy being complete. (hopefully by Friday!) Once our homestudy is complete we can finish our application w/ USCIS- (US Citizenship and Immigration Services). USCIS will provide us with approval for the adoption and what is known as the golden ticket. This process can sometimes be very lengthy and could keep us from submitting our dossier before the winter cutoff. We are praying for favor and speed with USCIS.
- We are continually chipping away at our dossier. Our dossier is the collection of documents we will send to EE. This package contains some simple things (marriage certificates, copies of our passport) and some documents that are very complex and involved. As I mentioned above, if we are unable to submit our dossier before the cutoff date, it will add approximately two months to the process. This would mean that some of our documents would start to expire and we would need to redo things. More importantly, we don't want our child sitting in an orphanage a minute longer than she needs to and the thought of our precious daughter being stuck an extra two months in the dead of winter absolutely kills me. Please pray that all our documents and USCIS approval will come together beautifully and that we will be able to submit our dossier before the cutoff!
- Our garage sale is 2 weeks from yesterday. Justin spent time yesterday rearranging everything we have received and I am so thankful for all the boxes of donated items people have given us so far!
- I am happy to say that our house is filling up with bags of shoes! Please continue to share this fundraising opportunity. We are still very far away from our goal of 5,000 pairs.
Your love, support, prayers and encouragement mean so very much to our family. Thank you for coming alongside us!