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Friday, April 10, 2015

I Finally Have an Adoption Update!!!

Adoptions in India are slow.

Really, really slow.

Sometimes you will go months without hearing anything.  It is so hard not getting updates or knowing that your case is being worked on.  This time around our adoption has been moving even slower.  Because D's orphanage is closing, we are working through another organization to process our paperwork, which adds another step.  We send everything to D's orphanage to do their part.  They send it to the next organization to do their part.  Then it is finally able to go to the department it needs to go to.  It sits there for a while because of holidays, multiple signatures needed, etc... and well, you get the point.  It takes a while.  Our adoption agency is wonderful and is always checking on things for us and trying to move our paperwork through faster, but it's just a slow processes.

David and I were starting to get discouraged.  David's been struggling at work for a while now and it's been really stressful for him.  The adoption seemed to just be sitting stagnant and nothing was happening.  Add in a few seizures and normal appointment/ homeschool/ insurance battles/ church/ co-op/ therapy craziness and we started questioning if we were doing the right thing.  Of course we both know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are, and we both love D very much and are excited to be able to bring her home, but there are still those moments where we feel doubt creep in.  Both times we have adopted it feels like we are under attack before we bring our kiddos home.  Everything seems to go wrong at once.  We know we were doing what we were called to do, but it can be hard none-the-less.  God always brings us through, though, and we have no doubt He will again. 

A few days ago I prayed that God would move this next step through quickly for us to bring us renewed hope and endurance.  A few weeks ago we had finally heard we were approved in her state, the very first step, but it took us about 4 months to get that far.  This morning I woke up to great news.  Our Article 5 was issued this week.  This means (I think... sometimes it's hard to keep it all straight) that D has been officially declared free to adopt Internationally and was given clearance to leave the country when the adoption is finalized.  They also said our NOC (No Objection Certificate), which will officially match D to us should be signed next Wednesday!!  This is a big step, because once we get the NOC we can start sending her gifts from us and she can finally know we are here waiting for her.  This will also mean we can start the court process in India to finalize the adoption.  After that portion is finished, we will be able to submit for her passport.  We still may have a long wait for all of that to happen, but there is a good chance we will be able to travel by the end of the year to bring her home.  That means that we may officially be a family of 6 by Christmas!  Yeah!!

Keep praying that our paperwork moves through the court system quickly and that we can bring D home soon.  Please also start praying that while I am in India David, the kiddos, and I will all be protected and safe, and that Madi will not have any seizures while I am gone.  I know we are still a long ways off, but that's an important thing to start praying about. 

Thank you for walking this journey with us.  We really appreciate each and every one of you!!

3 comments:

Amanda McMahon said...

This is awesome. I very happy that there is progress in one area at least!

Karin Henn said...

Home by Christmas... I just got chills!!

Heidi De Love said...

wonderful news!!!