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Remembering Uganda: Crickets

August 14, 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 August 14, 2012
I haven’t sent an update in a few days because there’s really not a whole lot to tell. We are slooooowly collecting the documents our DC attorney asked us to get. We were able to get some on Friday, some more on Monday (yesterday), and our attorney is still waiting to connect with the judge so that we can get the last few that we need from him. We are also still unsure where exactly our file is at this moment. We have contacted both the US Embassy in Kampala and the USCIS office in Nairobi, inquiring about whether or not our file has departed from/arrived at those respective locations, and we have not heard back from either one. And so we wait, trusting that God knows where our file is and that He has it exactly where He wants it to be.

I’ve been pretty sad over the last few days. I just feel like this cloud is hanging over my head and like I’m always on the verge of tears. It is slowly getting better, day by day, but it is stubbornly hanging on. So, I decided to start listing the things I am thankful for. God has been so kind to us here, and we want to remember the things He has done. I’m going to start including a few things in each update, so that y’all can be praising God along with us for the ways He has shown His grace and mercy to us during this time.

What we are thankful for:
-That we are in Uganda. The fact that we are even here right now is a miracle. The judge who heard our case had said at the beginning of the summer that he was not going to add any new guardianship cases to his docket before the court hiatus (July 15-August 15). So just the fact that he agreed to hear our case 4 days before the hiatus is miraculous and God’s kindness and grace.
-That Tim is here. For most families, the father comes for the first 2-3 weeks of the trip during the court process and then goes home, usually taking bio kids with him (if any) and letting the mother stay with the new child(ren) during the passport/visa process. That is how this process has gone for all of our friends and acquaintances. If that is how it had gone for us, I would be here with our two new children, dealing with all this visa stuff BY MYSELF. Just that thought makes tears well up in my eyes. Instead, Tim has been amazing- running around town, making phone calls, collecting documents, pleading and fighting for our family and especially our new kids. There are not words to describe how grateful I am that he is here, that God saw fit to give me the gift of my husband’s presence during this time, sparing me from having to shoulder this burden and all these tasks alone with two kids in tow.
-Our 6 month wait for a court date. I never thought I would say that, but there it is. Isn’t that just like God? As I said above, if we had gotten a court date when we expected to during the spring semester, Tim would have had to leave after 2 or 3 weeks, and I would have been left by myself with Naomi and Nate, trying to get our visa issues resolved. If we had gotten a court date any earlier in the summer, we would have gotten held up in-country twice: once with all the passport drama and delays that happened when the new Ugandan immigration official took over and again with all this visa stuff. Instead, with the way our court date fell, we got our guardianship ruling right at the tail end of all the passport insanity, allowing us to skip the passport delay and get right to the visa.
There is so much more, but I’ll stop there for now. God has been kind to us. Please join us in praising Him for all the ways He has shown His care to us.

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