So where to begin! We have been waiting here for weeks and sometimes months on news of so many different things. Well this past week we have finally been getting some results/answers. So glad for that because I have to admit to worrying over them big time. Not right I know but the honest truth.
Sometimes waiting on God takes a lot longer than I want, and much more patienc/faith. But God is faithful and forgiving. So what has been happening....hmmmm?
We recieved Elainas' Certificate of Citizenship YEAH!!!!!! We applied for this in the begining of January and waited and waited and waited some more. She knew we had applied for it but then I had not said much after mailing out the application. I had thought that we would surprise her with it when it finally came. So every day I watched and waited. We recieved a letter telling us that our petition was approved and as soon as we mailed in her green card they would send us the certificate. Dan and I were thrilled. I mailed out what they wanted the next day and then we waited some more. Everyday I checked the mail in case it was there. One time Elaina even asked if it had come. Well last Thursday it arrived.(can you hear the hallelujah chorus here?) We then decided to surprise her with it on Easter. What perfect timing , I called my sil and she made a red/white/blue decorated cake for us. We had 35 people in for Easter dinner and when the kids went out for the egg hunt, I switched a table cloth to a flag one brought out the cake and put her certificte on an easel and surprised her when they all came back in the house. How fitting that Christ died so we can be citizens of heaven and now Elaina is also a citizen here in the good ol USA. We were so blessed to have it in hand. It is finished she has her paperwork all done after being home for 10 years we completed the last step. What a great feeling that is.
The other thing we have been waiting on is our dossier going to the Philippines. This process has been so much longer than I ever imagined. But it looks like this coming Friday it should be sent. The last piece is on it's way to our agency.
We had 2 weeks of Easter vacation and I went with Bethany on 3 college visits. WHEW#### She has been accepted at all three we just went to check them out and get a feel for where Beth would want to go. She has her pick and now we are trying to come up with money (she doesn't even feel nervous about money). So we are praying and looking and seeing what needs to be done. But I have already done finacial aid for Beth and matt and we were pulled for varification(again) and I have those forms all done and sent back to each school, so I'm keeping up. We only have like 8 weeks of school left. Matt is done in 3 weeks so things are winding down.
And today we went back for Phoebes post op appointment and got very good....great.news. She passed her hearing tests in the normal range. YEAH!!!! Her ears have healed up and she is hearing, so we will continue on with speech . She has healed completely from the broken collarbone incident also.
Have a Blessed day. Christ has risen just like He said He would!!!!!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
" how beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news." Isaiah 52:7a This week has truly been a week for some good news. We are once again moving on the adoption ,our paperwork is back at the agency with all the right seals, stamps and approvals. Breathing a sigh of relief. they will assemble it and be sending it to the Philippines. Hang on little man we working hard to bring you home. Also after being home for 10 years we had applied for Elainas' citizenship. Hallelujah!!!!! It has been approved. we will be getting the certificate in the mail. we haven't told Elaina yet because I am planning on surprising her with it. I am trying to decide how to do it. I am sooooo happy about this. What a relief to have this done. My girl is such a blessing and now we have finished the last peice of adoption paperwork for her. ************THANK YOU GOD YOU ARE SO GOOD TO US**************************