Needless to say 2015 has been a little (insanely) busy and emotional. I warn you, this post is full of details of the last couple of months and may be boring!
Ok, let’s focus on the homestudy first. We had our last meeting with the caseworker before we left for Iowa in February. I didn’t realize how long it would take our case worker to actually write the home study. It actually just got finished last week! Who knew? Basically, after the case worker writes it up, she sends it to All God’s Children for review and they send it back with requests to revise things. This continues back and forth until All God’s Children is satisfied. This process took almost 7 weeks! There were a couple of last minute items that came up while they were going back and forth. We needed two additional reference letters (you know who you are, THANK YOU!!!) and extra documents regarding our income since Nick owns his own business. All within 48hrs. So, that was a little nutso but it got done, praise the Lord! We get to pick up the notarized homestudy packet by the end of this week! Yay!
Picture this: It’s Monday night. I’m beyond thrilled that the homestudy is done and accepted by the agency so we can move onto immigration and dossier. I pull out the stacks of papers and 3-ring binder that I have meticulously organized to my heart’s content. I grab the handy dandy check list that has everything I need for the dossier listed. I make a stack of documents that I need to drive to Nashville to have the Secretary of State put his stamp of approval on them. Wait, I’m missing a document! WHAT?!?!?!? How does this happen? I’ve been through these documents 100 times! FREAK OUT MOMENT. Take it from me, you do NOT want to see that side of me. God was really gracious when He gave me Nick. Nick is a rock and understands me well enough to let me have my freak out moment and then talked me down from the ledge. All is good now, though! A couple of extra steps before I can send the dossier to All God’s Children but between my husband and some understanding/helpful people (another shout out: you know who you are!!), everything should be sent off to Washington state (All God’s Children)by Wednesday! All that’s left after that is the immigration process which basically consists of sending an application and notarized copy of the home study. Crossing my fingers it will be an easy process! 🙂
See? I told you there would be lots of boring details 🙂 One last thing before I go. We were asked to print pictures of us, families, and house to send with the dossier so the Bulgarian government officials could have a visual of our lives. It reminded me that after all the document craziness is over, and we get a referral call in the next couple of years, we will be getting pictures (and even video!) of Bebe for us to see for the very first time. That moment can’t come soon enough!
“…we went through fire and through water, Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance..” Psalm 66:12 We may not be going through actual fire and water but this verse reminds me God will bring us through something as small as the paperwork war! 🙂