Our precious case worker called and I was very guarded when I saw her name...I thought it could be another "medical update..." they always notify us if she is on any kind of medicine, even if it is just for a cold or ear infection, etc. Anyway, she said she had good news and it was a good thing that I was pulling into my driveway b/c I wouldn't have been able to see the road through my thankful tears!
She said that this part of the wait would be the hardest...I am not too sure about that! I could be VERY wrong and I will let you know, but waiting 7 weeks to get submitted has been pretty tough. I am sure that a lot of it was based off of assuming it would look like other files and we would be submitted after 2-3 weeks. Those last 4 weeks of thinking "it could be the week" made for an emotional roller coaster.
Anyway...what does this mean??
Well, every child has to be cleared by the Embassy to get a VISA to come to the US. They have our file and will be reviewing it soon. This used to be a quicker process, but they are really digging deep into each case to ensure that there is not anything unethical going on. So, they will ask for different interviews and then compare that information to the information that is on our file. If it all matches up and they don't question anything, they will clear us to come and get her. They do have the right to send our file to Nairobi for more investigation. I pray that does not happen.
Many are asking about the timeline from here:
-our file was submitted yesterday...Jan. 23.
-The Embassy usually notifies us that they have received it about 2 weeks later and soon after says what interviews they will request.
-The interviews have been taking place about 2 weeks after the request.
-If all goes well, they will clear our case a few days after the interview (after they review it again)
-Usually at this point, families are hopping on a plane a few days after they are cleared!
So, this could still be a long process...anywhere from 3-7 weeks, I am guessing?? Maybe longer if the file is sent to Nairobi. I am praying that it is closer to the 3 week mark!
I am VERY thankful to be in this last step!!!!! Praising God for His love and peace in the wait, and asking Him to bring her home quickly!
We went out for Mexican to celebrate, of course!!!
Speaking of celebrating with Mexican food, we did that last week, too...when our precious son and sweet niece got baptized!! It was very, very special!!!! Such an incredible night! The two of them were so excited to "show everyone that they were Christians!" My amazing husband baptized Austin and it was so very special. He read a letter from us that encouraged him and challenged him in his faith, asked him some questions about his faith, and baptized him. My brother also got to talk about Emily and encourage/challenge her and baptize her! Oh my goodness, it was a memorable night, and I am so thankful for how they have learned and grown and made a commitment to Jesus. I can't wait to see what God does in their lives.
Here is a picture!