Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Final US paperwork

It's hard to believe summer is already here! Sorry we haven't updated the blog much lately, we've been doing a lot of waiting and it's hard to know what to write about. Towards the end of April we thought we could have an end of May court date. Unfortunately, that hasn't worked out yet but there's a lot that goes into obtaining one so we're trying to just reflect and be thankful for how quickly this process has gone so far.

We've been waiting anxiously for our final piece of paperwork needed from the US Government and finally received it this week! The I-171h approval allows us to get visas for the kids in order to bring them into the United States. We were afraid we might have to travel without having this approval and it's been difficult to know how long it would be before we would receive it. At one point were told it could be 75 days from the time an officer from USCIS was assigned to our case (which was supposed to happen around April 29)! I just kept praying that somehow our Homestudy and our application would make it to the top of a pile. We had called several times to try to check the status of our case and kept being told that we didn't have an officer assigned yet (they assign based on the date all of your information is submitted). Then, last week Wes called to let me know that we had an approval letter in the mail! I was shocked and I know that could have only been orchestrated by God. So, now we just wait on a court date!

Unfortunately, I can't put a lot of information about the kids on here but I want to share so much. We did just learn that they like cats (this makes me very happy) and they are very polite and will kneel and shake your hand when they meet an adult or are given a gift. When playing with each other, they babble and appear to understand each other but no one else can understand what they are saying. We also received some updated pictures of them, they seem to have grown so much, we just can't get there soon enough!

Thanks for your prayers and encouragement. It looks like our next hurdle is going to be receiving this court date. We're told the courts are closed for the month of June so we will hope and pray that we'll get a court date soon.


  1. Yay for paperwork!

    The kneeling thing: it's a tribal variation. Your job is to take their hand and then put your hand on their shoulder to let them know they can get up. We had to have that explained to us!

  2. Yay! Not much longer now! Congrats on USCIS approval!