Monday, October 3, 2011


Can life get more crazy? Apparently the answer is yes if you are adopting internationally.

Today our facilitator in Maria's country had a meeting with the judge to go over our documents and assign us a court date.  We asked for prayer in church yesterday and asked everyone we knew to pray specifically that the judge would NOT ask for a police clearance from hubby's native country.  This is not a requirement for adoption and this would delay our adoption for months upon months.  We also have been waiting for our updated immigration approval which has been delayed for over 2 months.

Good news first: We received that pesky immigration approval finally!

Difficult but not bad news: So far the judge has not asked for the police clearance.  However, she/he did ask for an updated psychological evaluation because ours is super long and way too detailed even pointing out ALL of our character flaws.  Big surprise: we're not perfect!  But, the judge doesn't need to know all that- just if the psychologist recommends us as adoptive parents (which he does!).  Problem: I don't know how long it will take him to re-do the eval.  Or how much he will charge (unplanned cost).

Our facilitator will meet with the judge again next Monday to ask for our court dates: October 24, 25 or 26.  But, we still have to visit Maria five times and have a medical exam BEFORE court and we lose two days traveling.  So that means we may have to leave Saturday October 15! But we won't find out until October 10! AAAAAHHHHHH! Ok, did you see how crazy that is? How will I get a visa and flights in five days?  I mean, I am aching to go back to our Maria, but under such circumstances, it is super stressful.

Thankfully, my parents are available to watch our kids for that first week. But, the second week they might have to go to a friends' house.

The awesome news: IF we do go to court Oct. 24, 25, or 26, that means Maria will be coming home by Thanksgiving!

Now that is something to be thankful about.    


  1. That would be such a blessing to have her home by Thanksgiving. Praying everything moves along quickly.

    Carlene's soon to be momma :)

  2. oH my goodness, how wonderful that she will be home for the holidays!!! You guys can do this! You can, because the Father of all is working on your Him with all of it and I am sooo excited for you!!! Blessings!


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