Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Another Step Closer!!

Yesterday we received one the the greatest pieces of mail that Prospective International Adoptive Parents want to see - the copy of the letter to the INS saying that our family is approved to adopt! This comes from the Department of Social Services and says that we've done all that we need to do to "prove" that we're prepared to take in these children.

Now we send up our dossier into CWA, our adoption agency, to proof the file for errors and omissions. From there we send it up to the State Department in DC and then directly over to the Ethiopian Embassy in DC. From there it goes back to CWA, who sends it over to Ethiopia. We've been tentatively told that we could be looking at mid-December!!
Merry Christmas!!
This was their first Christmas with us. We'd had them with us only 5 months by then. We were living in Ft. Mill South Carolina.

Last night Pam and I were talking about that prospect and we know that we shouldn't put too much stock in a date because nothing ever goes according to schedule. But, I'm thinking about the possibility of having them here for their first Christmas and all the other kids being off for Christmas break (not Winter break, to be politically incorrect). They would have the two weeks to spend all day with each other without the interuption of the school schedule. Of course that would give them an interesting outlook on what life is like in America - is it Christmas all year round here? :o)

Pray people, pray!


Jill said...

Hi Pam,

Stop by my blog - a little surprise is waitng for you!

Thank you for your obedience in His calling your family to adoption!

Love in Him,

Danielle said...

Wow! Surely, your family must be a small picture of what heaven will look...every tribe, every tongue...

so cool!

Irma said...

Even if the 3-2-B don't make it home for the holidays, it really WILL be a Merry Christmas because it will be so close to teir eventual arrival date. Yay, your kids are coming home!

beBOLDjen said...

Congrats on finishing up the paperchase!!!

Pam, thank you for stopping by my blog and sharing the stories of how you used picture albums while the kids had to wait. I was super encouraged.

I too have been following your journey and reall ylike you blog. I have you on my bloglines so I get all your updates :) Can't wait to see your family united. I am praying along with you that can happen before Christmas!!

beBOLDjen said...

WOW so much for typing and talking w/ the kids at the same time. Sorry so many typos.