USCIS & I-800A! What the heck is that!?! Funny you should ask because I really don't know either! All I know is we received an email yesterday saying our home study has been approved! YAY!!! In the same email was a note from our agency stating when we receive our home study in the mail, we need to fill out a few more papers and mail it to the United State Government. If we send it all in before the 23rd of this month, we would be saving $75. Ok, that sounds good. We love a discount! Here was the catch, we received the email on the afternoon of the 20th. Our home study agency was mailing us the home study packet that day. That did not give us much time to get the packet, fill out the papers and send it all in BEFORE the 23rd. So today, Jason met our social worker at her office in Murfreesboro (about 45 minutes out of the way) to get our home study packet. He then ran that to me at my office we both signed everything and he drove to the nearest Fed Ex to drop it off. If we got it there before 6:00 pm tonight, it would reach the USCIS by tomorrow! Fingers crossed! We made the 6:00 deadline and are now praying it gets to it's designated arrival before the 23rd! Come on, Christmas Miracle!
We were excited, but scrambling too! Hoping this gets out in time and makes it before the 23rd. Yes, $75 isn't ALL that much money in the grand scheme of this, but we also feel like we need to be good stewards of our funds, and if that means working extra hard and making a special trip then it was worth it.
Here is the mailer going into the Fed Ex overnight shipping station. With this mailer, next comes a few appointments and paperwork that will take at most about 90 days. After this we will be officially "logged in". The timeline is still a bit fuzzy, but we hope to be logged in by March. After that we will just be waiting to be matched with our little one. It seems this is moving quickly and it's so exciting! Even our agency consultant today said our process is moving a lot quicker than normal. I can only credit that to the Lord. I have no doubt our child is waiting in China right now and God is protecting him/her and giving that little one peace while he/she waits on Mom & Dad to come.
Soon little one!! We are working on it as hard as we can! I'm praying this is our last Christmas without our 4th member and the last Christmas you have to spend without your family.
Merry Christmas, Everyone!!
"Where are you in the process? When will you get your child?" Those are questions that I get asked it seems daily. In short, we are waiting. We hurried and scurried to gather documents and paperwork and my daily lunch hours were filled with errands and scrambling...and now we wait. We still have more paperwork to do to be officially "on the list", but for now we wait. This hurry up and wait is a tough business. Seems I do much better when I have a list to check off and I am the one to check those things off. But this is where I have to pass the baton. Like Hebrews 6:15 says "Having waited....I realized and obtained what God has promised" I paraphrazed, of course, but just knowing that patience is going to be rewarded with our precious little child, is something I can deal with. The only way to deal with it, really. We know God designed this entire plan and had His hand on it from the very beginning, even before we realized what His plan was! And now we wait on Him and His timing. There is beauty in the waiting.