It’s been a few months since I’ve updated you on our case. As you can probably guess, we are still waiting. I dream of the day when I will be able to look back at this season of my life and say, “Remember how long we waited to bring J home – that sucked”.
Nonetheless, God does not do anything in vain. So we continue to wait for His timing.
Here’s the high-level overview from the top:
-We officially began the adoption process March 1, 2013
-We did months and months of paperwork and on December 13, 2013, our file officially entered the Haitian social services unit (IBESR), which manages all adoptions in Haiti
-On October 1, 2015 we received our official referral for a 3-year-old boy, J. Patrick and I went to Haiti for two weeks to meet and bond with him.
-We were supposed to exit IBESR 3-6 months after our bonding trip. We are still waiting to exit.
-In July, 2016 we learned that for some reason IBESR launched a full investigation into the circumstances regarding how J came to the orphanage. We have never received an explanation as to why.
-In early August, IBESR said they were suspending the full investigation and instead were asking our orphanage director to submit more paperwork. That paperwork was completed and submitted to IBESR August 29, 2016.
-Earlier this month (November 2016), I learned that IBESR planned to send a social worker to our orphanage to once again interview our orphanage director and J’s nanny (once again, I have no idea why).
-That interview took place today, November 30th.
-Supposedly this was the last step IBESR needed to complete before they issue our exit letter (I am not holding my breath).
-Once we receive this precious exit letter, we head to courts in Haiti; passports; visas; and home!
We cannot thank you enough for your continued prayers and encouragement. I am sure when our friends and family vowed to walk beside on this journey 42 months ago, they had NO IDEA it would be such a long, hard road. We certainly did not.
Patrick, Noah, Brady, and I are going to Haiti over Christmas – we are so blessed to have this opportunity to be together as a family of five for the first time. And to spend Christmas with about 150 awesome kids and nannies. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Christmas party-we cannot wait to share stories and photos with you.