Also in the mail was a letter we've been waiting for ... I open it up and it was..
"NOTICE OF FAVORABLE DETERMINATION CONCERNING APPLICATION FOR ADVANCE PROCESSING OF ORPHAN PETITION"
The most important part is that the I-600A was APPROVED! This means that US Citizenship and Immigration Services approves us bringing our child into the country! GOOD DAY! Just as we (well I) was needing it ... it's another step forward as we wait with blinders on ... not knowing if we are #1, #2, or #3 on the boys list...
Speaking of which ... my days are definitely preoccupied these days...
- For those of you that have been here before .. how'd you guys focus on anthing else? I go throughout the day just thinking of our child, probably being loved on by his (or her) special mothers ... and also the guys at Hannah's Hope. That gives me great peace and joy because I know the love they show the children at HH is TRUE love that only can come from our Savior.
- I catch myself closing my eyes and seeing our child formed perfectly in God's image. Even though the features aren't clear, I can tell he/she is perfectly and wonderfully made.
- I long for the day that I'm able to see a picture of my child, to know about him/her ... to understand what makes him/her laugh ... for him/her to know that Amber and I will be his/her forever family.
And I know once we are in the court-waiting phase, it doesn't get any easier ... actually harder because you have bonded and just want to go there to bring them home.
The peace we've had to this point continues tonight and I praise God for His faithfulness in this journey. As many others that have been down the same road we're on, we realize that God's Hand is written all over it ... we are forever grateful for how He's changed us and our hearts in the past 7 months.
Well, hopefully soon I'll be able to post some really good news ... I'll definitely keep you informed when we hear anything!