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Remembering Uganda: Down to the Wire

August 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 August 27, 2012

We had a great day, hanging out with some friends and getting a few things done. We dropped the birth certificate off to get corrected and are hoping to pick it up tomorrow, and we dropped our children’s passports off at the embassy so that the visa process could at least get started. The official who is helping us with our visas has told us that if our paperwork arrives in Kampala tomorrow, she will issue our visas tomorrow. She wants us to get home as badly as we want to go home, and she is doing everything in her power to make it happen. So awesome. God is so kind to provide a more-than-helpful embassy official to assist us. We know our paperwork is somewhere in between Nairobi and Kampala, and we are eagerly tracking our package on DHL’s website, hoping and praying it makes it to Kampala tomorrow so that we can get on our flight tomorrow night. But we won’t know until tomorrow if it will make it. We’ll just have to see. We are packing tonight, almost in shock that there is at least a possibility we might actually leave tomorrow night. When we booked that August 28th flight, we did so on faith, hoping and praying that God would blow through the 4-6 week timeline we had been told to expect. The fact that He did exactly that still has us in complete awe. So crazy. So amazing.

Pray for us- tomorrow could turn into quite a circus, as we try to pack, get out the door and on a plane with four children under the age of four. It could also turn out to be another big-old hurry up and wait day, as our package may not make it in time for our visas to be issued. No way to know. Just pray that we will be flexible tomorrow and put our hope in the Lord rather than a package of paperwork or an airplane flight. We are truly so thankful that going home tomorrow is even a possibility. We just can’t get over how gracious and powerful our God is.

We hope and pray to see many of you in person very, very soon. Thank you so much for your prayers.

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