Arrived!

We got notification this morning that our dossier has arrived safely and quickly to the officials in country. Praising God this morning for his provision! We are one big step closer to bringing our little one home.

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Would you please be praying that our Canadian Citizenship application Part 1 is approved quickly? We are waiting on that right now. We were told when we applied it would take 14 weeks, and that brings us to this week. We’ve heard what a nightmare CIC can be to deal with and we’ve heard about so many families whose Part 1 was lost, or that they waited 8, 10 or even 12 months for this approval. Please join us in praying that we are approved any day now and that Canadian citizenship doesn’t end up causing delays. Thanks, dear friends!

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Happy Dance

dossier mapWe’re celebrating lots this week with our official notification that our dossier left the BC Ministry’s office on Monday. (Celebrating = a big dance party with Jeremy, followed by taking Eva and Noah out for donuts after school.) Our agency gave us the courier tracking number for the package and it’s been so fun already to track its progress. The last notification we received is that it left Los Angeles at 2:01am this morning. Wonder where it’s headed next! With a package whose contents are as all-the-documents-about-our-entire-life-that-will-allow-us-to-adopt-a-child it’s really great to be able to keep tabs on it like this! (I wish I could have decorated it with bright washi tape to made it beautiful and then laid our hands on it to pray over it – but it goes straight from our agency to the government and then onward.) This precious package plays a big role in adding to our family. If only the many hands that will handle it could know of its great importance to us.

We’re updating our dining room chalkboard map with our dossier’s current location as well as keeping a “days waiting” chart where the kids can put a mark each day until we receive our referral. Hopefully I’ve left enough room on the chalkboard…! Thanks for your prayers everyone!

****Update Feb 19th: It went to Leipzig, Germany then Brussels, Belgium then Lagos, Nigeria, then Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. It’s getting close!

A good mail day

It’s dark and dreary here today. Rain has poured down at times. It’s not a day mail delivery workers particularly enjoy. I heard our noisy mailbox lid slam shut, meaning some mail had just been left, but it was an hour or two later before I got around to checking it.

Can I just admit that the sight of a Manilla envelop takes my breath away? I love them. They mean progress. They mean things are happening. Yet I find it ironic that they carry such important things in such plain clothes. I’d doodle vines and flowers and cover them all in washi tape if I had my way…

This package actually arrived quite damp and slightly opened at one end. But inside was tangible proof that we are moving forward, that God has done amazing things to bring us to this point.
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Today we received a copy of our dossier. A thick volume of documents, notarized with signatures and seals everywhere and in two languages – never has a document been so precious. Months and months of hard work, tedious forms, hundreds of emails and many phone calls have finally resulted in a beautiful pile of papers.

Would you please join me in praying over our dossier? Ours is just a copy – the real package is on it’s way to Guinea. So many things could go wrong, it could be lost, misplaced, set aside for many months. Please join us in praying it arrives safely, gets into the right hands properly and is reviewed by the Guinea Central Authority in a timely matter. Once they review and approve it, they’ll send our child’s proposal through the government, to our agency, then to us. We are getting closer to a face and a name!

Deep breath. One big step closer to our little one.