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Remembering Uganda: Three “Simple” Steps

July 23, 2013

We are telling our adoption story by posting a series of emails that were sent while we were in Uganda in July & August of 2012. If you have made your way here because you are thinking about adopting from Uganda or are in the process, please know that the process is very different now than it was in 2012.

Sent July 21, 2012

I just wanted to let y’all know what’s going on around here so that y’all can be praying.

I have a low-grade fever (99.9 oral) and some headache/body aches. It is responding well to tylenol/advil, and I am not worried about it. Please just pray it’s a simple bug that will pass quickly and not get passed on to anyone else.

Jude is having some pretty wicked diarrhea. We don’t know if it is due to his drinking the water without us knowing (we have been very vigilant about making sure they don’t drink it), the change in his diet (perhaps the body can only take so much instant oatmeal, mac and cheese, chef boyardee and soup) or something else. Please pray for swift healing for him and again, that none of the rest of us get it.

Nate is having a hard time making the transition from two naps to one. He is so tired and fussy late in the morning, but if he sleeps for any amount of time at all, he won’t nap in the afternoon, and then he is tired and fussy in the late afternoon/evenings. We really just can’t win with him right now as far as napping goes, and it’s hard to have a him so tired and fussy a good bit of the day. Please pray we can figure out this nap thing so that he can get the rest he needs and that we will have patience with him while it gets worked out.

We have several steps to go in the process here before we can come home. Please pray for strength and endurance for all of us, as we are starting to get weary and homesick. I will list the steps we have to go and what specifically you can be praying for regarding each step. These steps have to go in order, so we can’t move to the next without the previous being checked off.

1.) Obtain a written ruling: the judge who gave our verbal ruling has to write a written ruling and notify our attorney that it is ready to be picked up. Since the court is technically on hiatus and he doesn’t technically have to come in to work to do this, we are just praying that God would move his heart to get this step done.

2.) Obtain a passport: the Ugandan passport official who distributes passports is new to the post and is not a big fan of the legal guardianship rule and as a result is holding up passports for several families. Our attorney says this happens every so often when a new passport official takes over and that it always gets worked out, so we are just praying that God moves in this official’s heart to start issuing passports for children whose parents have legal guardianship and that the hold up gets worked out sooner rather than later.

3.) Obtain a visa: the US embassy issues visas that allow us to bring our kids to the US. It is up to them on whether or not they want to accept all the investigations/affadavits/testimony/evidence presented by the Ugandan court or do their own independent investigation for all of those things. Obviously, if they do their own investigation, it takes longer for a visa to be issued. We are just praying they will accept all of the court’s evidence and/or if they do their own investigation, it can be done swiftly.

That’s all for now. I may have more as we get new information regarding each step. Please pass this on to whoever you think would want to know. Thank you so much for praying for us. We can truly feel your prayers and know God is answering them by being near to us, sustaining us and empowering us for this season.

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