But we were wrong.
We didn't figure in the documents that went missing. We didn't figure in the delays of social workers due to being held up and busy, or getting surgery. No one caught a missing background check from when I was 18 and still living at home for a few months before moving out, until it was at the point of delaying us once again.
We have cried. We have fumed. We have prayed "Lord, please no more errors!". We have wondered why a one week review has turned into a three week review, why a signature takes three days to be processed, why our papers would go back and forth between people at a snail's pace.
Maybe she isn't supposed to be home for Christmas. Maybe God will show out and move the paperwork at lightning speed because it arrived on someone's desk on just the right day. Maybe He just wants to teach us once again to trust Him when we don't understand.
So what happens now?
Our 1800a, a required document for Hague countries for the U.S. Homeland Security to allow Lottie to immigrate to the U.S.A. and become a citizen upon arrival, has been sent off today. Sometimes the document only takes a couple weeks to process, sometimes it takes up to 2 months. We would love for it to be one month or less, because that will give China five months to process our Dossier and send paperwork through all the channels to allow us to travel possibly before the end of the year. Five months is not a guarantee we will travel by Christmas, but it will give us a decent chance.
If Immigration takes two months to approve our application, then our chances of travel before January are much slimmer.
So we are asking you to pray.
Please specifically pray that our immigration approval will process in less than one month. Pray that if that doesn't happen, we will still trust God in all circumstances.
We don't want to look at an empty stocking this Christmas like we did while waiting for Anna Faith. But if we do, as Anna Faith so positively exclaimed when asking about her sister recently, "We can give her Christmas presents when she comes home!".
Thank you for your support and encouragement. We have crossed a big hurdle, and pray we'll get over this next one soon. The more we work for and fight for our daughter, the more we love her. That fierce Mama love just takes over me when I see that sweet face. I will work sleepless nights, wrestle through a yard sale, and make whatever other sacrifices are necessary to get this girl home to our family.
|Lottie at 14 months. Isn't she a doll?!|