Sorry for my little sabbatical! Life has been a little hectic the last couple weeks. March 14-28 we took a group of Middle School students to Clarkston, GA. This small town outside of Atlanta is about 1.1 square miles. A large part of the population is made up of refugees representing approximately 140 countries! I've read in newspaper articles it's considered the most diverse square mile in America! We met people from Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Iraq and Mexico. Such an incredible time I can't wait to go back.
A little update on the adoption-we're waiting! Big surprise I know. Once we received our approved Home Study from the state, we sent it off to US Citizenship & Immigration (USCIS). This is the last approval we need on the US side. USCIS received our Home Study last Tuesday, March 28. On Saturday (April 2) we received our letters from USCIS with an appointment to have our Biometric prints done. More prints does not make me excited after my last 3 rounds! We've been hearing most families are receiving their USCIS approval within 7-8 weeks...more waiting.
I feel like our life has been a rotation of filling out paper work in a rush & waiting. We've also been waiting on an approval letter from Wes being ordained so I can finish our taxes. We finally got it so I can finish our taxes and add a copy to our Dossier. We're also working on an interest-free loan application specifically for adopting families. With this process moving so quickly, we really need some cash up front, praying for our finances to line up.
Our kids are about to move into the care of a Social worker. Our lawyer is ready for our Dossier (like yesterday). Timing is everything right now and there's just not enough of it!
Trying to hold on to the following verses:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.