I am excited to share that after 9 LONG weeks of waiting for our case to be assigned to an immigration officier, it has happened! We anticipate that tomorrow we will have approval to bring a child into our country!
The dossier is a group of documents about our family that are sent to China. This includes our homestudy, birth and marriage certificates, employement varification, criminal back ground checks and a few other things. Each of those documents have to be notorized and the authenticated by the Sec of State in the state they were notorized in. They are then sent to a Chinese Consulute to be authenticated. There are several consulates throughout the United States. Each state is assigned to a specific consulate. While most of our documents originated in MO, our birth certificates and Jeff's employment letter did not, so they had to go to different locations then the majority of our documents.
Seven weeks ago I sent off 3 documents to be authenticated by the proper Consulates. Today we received 1 of the 3 documents. I am so thankful to have that document and know that it is not lost! I am not sure why it took so long to get the seal on the back of the State Authentication, but what is there to do! I am hopeful that the other 2 documents will be back soon!
What's next? As soon as we get our letter of approval for immigration, we will take it along with several other documents to the Sec of State's office to be authenticated. We will then send all of the documents to a courier service in Chicago. She will take them to the Consulate and then return to pick them up when they are ready. That whole process will take 10 days! Then off to our agency they will go, to be forwarded to China!
So that brings you up to speed on the adoption front! On a different note, I would like to share with you a passage of scripture I read a few days ago.
2 Samuel 22: 31-37 "As for God, his way is perfect; the is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. For who is God besided the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a blow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn."
The feet of the deer interested me. A female deer can place her hind feet in the exact place that her front feet just stepped. They can do it without being even an 1 inch off. In the same way, we can step exactly in the path that God has for us. After we make the right steps, we can stand in confidence!
I don't know where you are today. Things might be going great! There are others that might be struggling to see what God has in store for you. I pray that you will let God be like the front feet of the deer, so that you can step in the very paths that he has prepared for you.