"Congratulations, your family’s paperwork is being submitted to the US Embassy tomorrow."
. . . and all I can say is "YIPPEE"!!!!! This means that if all goes well and their file looks good, we could be cleared for travel in as little as 8-10 days. PRAYING! We feel pretty confident that it will be a smooth clearance. Usually, hold-ups occur because of questions in their status (are they true orphans?, etc.) or issues with health (positive TB test, etc.). Our kids' case is well documented, well investigated and they are healthy. And yes, we are praying! It would be such a gift to have them home and settling in before Christmas morning. As a homeschooling mama, I would also love that month-long break to allow all the kids to have time to 'mesh' before the grind of school picks back up.
We've been gathering little gifts to send over to the kids with another family, but maybe, just maybe, we'll be delivering them in person! :-)
And now, here's Day 3 - Waiting in anticipation . . .
Isaiah 42:1, 5-6
Behold, My Servant, whom I
My chosen one in whom My soul
I have put My Spirit upon Him;
He will bring forth justice to the
Thus says God the LORD,
Who created the heavens and
stretched them out,
Who spread out the earth and its
Who gives breath to the people on
And spirit to those who walk in it,
"I am the LORD, I have called You
I will also hold you by the hand
and watch over You,
And I will appoint You as a
covenant to the people,
As a light to the nations." (NASB)
Isaiah 60:1-3, 19-22
"Arise, shine; for your light has
And the glory of the LORD has
risen upon you.
"For behold, darkness will cover
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the LORD will rise upon you
And His glory will appear upon
"Nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of
"No longer will you have the sun
for light by day,
Nor for brightness will the moon
give you light;
But you will have the LORD for an
And your God for your glory.
"Your sun will no longer set,
Nor will your moon want;
For you will have the LORD for an
And the days of your mourning
will be over.
"Then all your people will be
they will possess the land
The branch of My planting,
The work of My hands,
That I may be glorified.
"The smallest one will become a
And the least one a mighty nation.
I, the LORD, will hasten it in its