Cody and I got to go on a wonderful vacation to Cancun, Mexico while Nonni and Pops took Easton to Colorado for an adventure. We had a wonderful time just being a couple and spending time together and with our former exchange student, Rasmus, his girlfriend Amelia, Cody’s mom, Judy, and stepdad, Michael.
While we were in Mexico we got our immigration approval letter from the US government (BIG YAY!), and the same day, we got a call from our agency telling us that Colombia needed some wording changed on our home study before they could review our file to match us with our baby (BIG BOO!). So, I contacted our social worker while we were in Mexico, she was awesome and changed the wording that day and sent it in to be approved by the agency. Once we get the new changed home study in the mail we have to reapply for another immigration approval letter and spend another $364.00 (Booooo!), get the home study apostilled and then send it and the new immigration approval letter all to Colombia again.
It is a struggle to not get frustrated with delays, setbacks and changes, but another adoptive mama reminded me that maybe our baby girl isn’t paperwork ready yet and this delay is necessary so we are both ready at the same time and we will able to be matched.
We had to go over the special needs check list again this week. We knew that our Ellie will have some sort of “special need”, but we do not know what yet. Going through the list and saying which specials needs we are capable of caring for was very difficult. It isn’t something people get to do with their biological children and in a way it seems unfair to do with an adoptive child. It is part of the process and a requirement from Colombia and we have to be approved in our Home Study for the special needs we selected. It is kinda overwhelming.
Tonight we were watching the Olympic’s opening ceremony and when the Colombian athletes came our waving their flag I got tears in my eyes and said a prayer for our little girl. We will be cheering for Colombia and USA these next 17 days!
The prayer requests we have right now are: Immigration to send us our new approval letter asap, that God would help prepare us for whatever special needs Ellie will have, safety for Ellie and provision for her and peace for us during this process.
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