Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's Here!!!!!


We got it!
We got our CIS amended approval letter!

This is a huge hurdle for us, one to jump over with glee. Last time CIS took four months, this time it took four weeks (more on that in a moment).

What does this all mean, you might well ask??

It means that our dossier can travel to Addis Ababa (right after I get the copy of the letter notarized and authenticated, hopefully winging it's way to Addis by the end of this week or early next).
It means the official referral paperwork/legwork on the Ethiopian side can be begun.
It means once that is all done they can petition for a court date.
It means once we pass court we can fly to get our daughter.
{For those of you doing it on the second go round, it means you DO get another letter to amend the approval, something that was in great question around here}

It means they can tell her about us, introduce us to her, like a matchmaker.
It means we need to write the most important letter of our lives. (no pressure, huh?).
It means that a young girl is going to be asked to join a family, and hopefully she will say yes too.
It means that we, all of us, just stepped on to surf a tsunami of change.

It means that these saints below? They ROCK!
It means that once again I have found help from the intercession of saints, say what you will, I know it.
This guy? This is a painting of St. Jude, patron of impossible causes.
This gal, below? This is a painting of St. Rita, also patroness of impossible causes.

I know, you scoff, I can hear you.....the CIS approval is not impossible you say, perhaps.
HA! I say. Because in my part of the country, USCIS works on it's own time frame, known to no man. So we were hunkered in for the not very patient wait. And, yes, being impatient, I asked these saints, implored them, to pray for a quick return of our approval, to help us get this young girl home to a warm house, to a family.
It's cold in Ethiopia now. There is no heat in many places. In her orphanage, she has no heat when she is cold at night. She needs to come home. Our house, thankfully, is warm. It is cluttered but we like to think it's cozy. It is ready to wrap her in warmth of all kinds. We just took a giant step forward on our way.

Thanks be to God. Thank you St. Jude and St. Rita!


Adoption Cubed said...

Woo Hoo! Grand, grand news!

Jim and Ryane said...

Horray!! Congratulations!! So glad the CIS process went smoothly. Hopefully you won't have to wait too long for a court date.

Can't wait to hear more about your girl!


graceling said...

Hooray! Praise God!

Monica said...

Congratulations!!! That's fabulous news!

And thanks so much for your offer to look for pics of our boys. They were not at the Gladney Care Center in Addis until Aug., but I really appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Rebecca said...

Yay! Let's get this ball rolling! I can't wait to see the newest addition to your family. You are probably my favorite family to follow. A true picture of what God's family really looks like!

The Albertsons said...

Wow! What fantastic news!!!! So glad I checked in today!!! celebrate!

The Roberts Family said...

YEAH!!! SO HAPPY to see this news!!! Blessings!, Shelly

Jen said...

Yeah!!!! That little girl needs to be home with her family. I hope that the next step goes well, as well.

m&r said...

What great news!! I hope things continue move along so that you can pick up your daughter very soon.

msl said...

Hooray!!! Such good news!

Jennifer F. said...

That is so exciting!! God bless you guys!