The Garrisons

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Preparing, Waiting....and More Waiting

I keep thinking I'm going to update the blog when I have some definite news! While that hasn't happened (getting definite news, that is)....I thought I would check in and let you know what we've been up to.

We are currently waiting on all of our paperwork to be completed (come on, M*WA!) so that we can be submitted to the US Embassy for clearance (meaning they've checked out all of paperwork and say that everything looks good to issue our kids' visas). We are hoping and praying that all will be in place so that we can be submitted this Wednesday. (Would you pray for that, please??) If that happens, we will then be - you guessed it - waiting again to be cleared by the embassy. They tell us they will let our agency know when/if we are cleared 7-10 days after submission. Here's the good's seeming that when you are cleared by the embassy to travel, you can pretty much come right away...have an appointment possibly the next week, get your kids' visas, and bring them home!!

So, it's kind of difficult to plan for a trip when you don't know when you'll be going. We are preparing and planning for the earliest possible date we think it could be, while trying to prepare our hearts that we may have to wait longer. It's not an easy task.

We are keeping busy around here organizing and planning for our kids to come home...we've done some work in the basement and are creating a play area for the kids. I'm working on some things I've needed to get done, and know I won't for a while once Grace, Aleigha, and Solomon come home. There is no way I'll get to all of them, but I'm enjoying the motivation I have to at least accomplish a few things on my list!

I'm afraid this is a bit of a boring post. We'd love to have big announcements, plane tickets purchased, and be jetting off to get our kids. For now, I'm focusing on enjoying our life at home...the last days of being a family of six. Things will never be the same again, and although we are excited about the change, there is something sweet about these days, too.


lesli said...

Hey there! I was blog hopping and stumbled upon your blog, and it looks like we are in a similar stage of waiting as you all. We're waiting to bring home our 14 month old son and should have been filed with the Embassy today, but we'll see. We traveled for court on December 21st so we were probably in Ethiopia at the same time for our first trips! Anyways, excited for you all and will be praying that you all get filed for an Embassy appointment soon!!

queen of all I survey said...

I hope your experience is better than ours. We passed court dec 21' 2010. Our paperwork was submitted to the US embassy Jan 3, 2011. We still do not have an embassy appointment. We keep hearing they want to interview ourp children's birth mother, but no one has set up the interview. Our agency has located the birth mother, but the embassy has not given them an appointment yet. Everyone else from our agency who passed court the same day we did has already brought their children home. We don't have any idea how to proceed at this point.