Monday, August 27, 2012

SUBMITTED!(and a little fair fun)

Last Friday when were at a local fair(as you’ll see in the pictures below), we received a call from our agency.  They let us know that all of our court paperwork was in order and that typically, the next step is to be submitted to Embassy.   We were informed there was a chance we would be submitted on 8/27, and we were elated!  This is because our agency can only submit cases on Mondays which means if we didn’t make the 27th our case would potentially be held up two more weeks because of Labor Day.  This morning I saw that a couple of other families from our agency had received e-mails that their cases had been submitted to Embassy.  Of course, it is wonderful when each family is moved one step further along in their process, but selfishly I was a little bummed because I knew we had not received an email saying we had been submitted.  I tried to focus on the fact that God’s timing has been perfect up to this point, and that He will be faithful to see this adoption through in the same manner.  Also, a friend had sent me 10 Bible verses for 10 days of encouragement and today’s verse was this:

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”  Ephesians 4:2

It was the perfect verse to dwell on throughout the day. BUT the story doesn’t end here.  Troy got home from work this afternoon and informed me that he just got off the phone with our caseworker.  She had called to inform him that we had in fact been submitted!  The reason we had not received the email was because they had the wrong email address for me.  We are elated that we are one step closer to bringing our baby girl home!  The US Embassy will now do their investigation, and we will be notified once we are cleared for travel.  Please join us in praying that our case will be clear cut, that any birth family members that need to be present will be, and that all documentation will be in order.  Thank you in advance!

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As I alluded to up above, we attended a local fair this past Friday.  It has become a bit of a tradition for our family to attend one night of this two week long fair each year.   Silas loves the rides and each year I am reminded of how quickly he is growing up.  He was able to ride quite a few more this year, but he would have gone on many more had he been just a few inches taller. 

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The swings were one of his favorites!

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He was also a fan of the rides with horns that he could beep over and over and over! (I felt sorry for the ride operators)

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It was then time to ride the ferris wheel that he begged to ride,but he was too short to ride alone so I got to join him for this one!

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The ferris wheel he and I braved together:)

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We planned to to quickly walk through the petting zoo, but Silas insisted we buy some carrots to feed the animals.  There is nothing like feeding a camel!

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The effect that too much fun at the fair will have on you!  We look forward to introducing Saylor to our fair tradition next year!

1 comment:

michelle said...

Happy to hear the US Embassy has your case and is reviewing it! We got our email yesterday, finally, we passed court on the 3rd of Aug so we were getting a tad ansy as to the hold up. Praying for all of these cases to go smoothly for we heard from caseworker T that the birth-family interviews are backlogged until mid to end of Sept. Heavy on the heart that she believes it will be until Oct for second trip. Thanks for posting about the other families as we are not on FB and the other family that was there when we were is home with their kiddo. This way we know there are many voices in prayer for all of these children. Michelle