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Remembering Uganda: Two, One, Three?

July 27, 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 27, 2012

Hi everyone,

We talked to our attorney a couple of hours ago, and we wanted to let y’all know what’s going on so y’all can be praying.

Our attorney basically said that the person who hands out the written rulings is on vacation. This is not surprising since the courts are on hiatus right now. Our attorney is going to go to the court house early Monday morning and talk to the registrar and inquire if there is someone else who can get our ruling for us. He explained that if someone else is able to do it, it would be done at that person’s earliest convenience, and therefore it could take a day or a week. No way to know. Please just pray there is someone who would be willing to do the vacation person’s job and issue this ruling to us… And please pray that their earliest convenience would be closer to a day than a week 🙂

After explaining about our ruling, our attorney delivered this surprising and exciting news: He has our children’s passports ready!! We are not entirely sure how step 2 jumped the line ahead of step 1, but amid all of the confusion the new passport official has caused and all the changes he has made about how passports are issued, we are just so so incredibly thankful to know the passport step is complete. What this means is that as soon as we get our written ruling, we will have everything we need to go to the US embassy and request an appointment to get our children’s visas, which is our final step and our ticket home!

From our American point of view, our ideal timeline would be: Pick up our written ruling and passports on Monday. Have an appointment with the US embassy to get our visas on Wednesday. Pick up our visas on Friday. Fly home on Saturday.

We know this would require A LOT of things to work out perfectly (find someone to issue our written ruling on Monday, the US embassy has appointments available on Wednesday, the US embassy is able to process our paperwork and do whatever investigations they feel they need to do in order to issue our visas by Friday, flights are open on Saturday, etc.) We are praying and asking God to work these things out in this way, and yet we are also striving to hold all of this with an open hand and remember that God has orchestrated every step of this process according to His perfect timing and sovereign will, and whatever He has planned for us is good and right. We are asking the Spirit to help us to continue to put our hope in Him and not in our “best laid plan.” Please pray with us.

On another subject: After four days on antibiotics, Nate and I are fever free and feeling SO much better. Thank you for your prayers. God heard and answered by providing a doctor and medicine in a place where those things aren’t as easy to acquire. The doctor also did a malaria test (standard practice in Africa when a patient runs fever), and we were both negative. That is a huge praise as well. Please continue to pray for Jude, who is still having some diarrhea. It seems to have slowed some, but his little bottom is so red and raw from so many days of it. He has no fever, fatigue or anything else that makes us think it’s more serious. He’s just a super sad boy at diaper change time. Please pray for healing, for both his digestive system and his bottom.

That’s all for now. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your prayers. We know people are praying for us because we are seeing those prayers answered every day, sometimes every hour. God is so good and is sustaining and strengthening us, even in the midst of our weakness and weariness. Love y’all. Please forward this to whoever would want to know.

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