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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tears Turned to Joy

I have not blogged in awhile because, honestly, I've been a little down and didn't feel I should share my negative attitude with anyone else. For the last 36 days, the US Department of Homeland Security has been at odds with our wonderful adoption agency regarding the processing of one of our immigration forms for Ezequiel. We knew all along our agency was in the right but getting the person at the "top of the food chain" to tell Homeland Security was another matter altogether. Finally, yesterday, after 36 days of waiting (and knowing that on day 45, our paperwork becomes inactive and we have to refile and repay) we got our miracle. I called my Congressman. His name is David Price and he is not even of the same party affiliation I am but that doesn't seem to matter when the issue is child welfare. His assistant, Robyn, placed a call to Homeland Security and within HOURS we had the approval we had waited 36 days to receive. Sometimes God does miracles and sometimes He uses the people in our lives to do them. Thank you, Jesus, for giving Robyn Winneberger a heart for our case and for getting our approval through. We now wait for the US Embassy in Manila to issue Ezequiel's visa and passport. God is awesome!!!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

It's Official!!!!!

Today in the mail I received the kind of packet adoptive parents long for. It was an updated child study report and two beautiful new pictures of Ezequiel! They are on my fridge and each morning, when I open it, I'll be able to say "good morning" and pray for our boy as we wait. We have gotten the official referral from The Philippines and paid a nice fee and now we are so much closer to bringing him home!
We are waiting for our legal documents from The Philippines so we can apply for his visa and passport and then . . . it will be time to travel! Early December is not so out of reach. I am praising the Lord for all of your prayers, gifts and encouragement. God is so good . . . all the time!