We were so very excited to be awoken by a new email "DING" on my phone that came through at 2:22AM Wednesday morning!!! The email was from the US Embassy in Ethiopia informing us that our case for Isaiah has been submitted! There was a cruel typo on the email in the subject line - it read "Case Cleared" which means you are cleared to travel and pick up your child! I bolted out of bed so I could read clearly if we actually were cleared - - yep, didn't think so! BUT - we were SUBMITTED which is a huge step closer to bringing our son home! This mama got to look at his new Birth Certificate with us listed as his parents too - - may have shed a little tear!
So, what is next...
~ The Embassy has to review our file - which usually takes 10 business days (two weeks)!
~ We will receive another early morning email once they have reviewed our file, informing us they are verifying Isaiah's paperwork.
~ Within a day or so of that, we should either be cleared (unlikely) or they will ask for an interview with a birth relative (most likely).
~ An interview will be scheduled - usually for a week or two later.
~ Most families are CLEARED to travel the same day as birth relative interviews.
~ Then, we schedule an interview for us with the US embassy for the following week and then book flights and pick up our son!!!
~ Hopeful to have him home by mid-October!!!!!
Only Josh will be returning to Ethiopia to bring Isaiah home! It breaks my heart to know that I won't get to be there to reunite with him in his home country but it is what is best for us right now! With four kiddos at home - one barely home from Ethiopia - we figured I better stay home and man the fort!
Please continue to pray for our paperwork....that the process with Embassy would go smoothly and quickly! Please continue to pray for Isaiah's heart as he waits for us and as he prepares to have his world turned upside down! We are reminded daily that this journey that we are walking is the path that God has led us on and his mercies and grace continue to go before us and pave the way! We are blessed beyond measure each and every morning just to awaken to the sweet (or LOUD) sounds of children giggling and playing! We can't wait to get Isaiah home to join in the fun!!!!!
We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life. But those who make their journey home across time and miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us by God's very own hands.
~ Kristi Larson ~
~ Kristi Larson ~
Not flesh of my flesh, Nor bone of my bone, But still miraculously my own. Never forget for a single minute, You didn't grow under my heart - but in it!
~ Fleur Conkling Heylinger ~