Wednesday, 16 February 2011

It's Complicated

"So, when do you leave?"

I hear a variation on this question every time I tell someone that we have finally passed court and that we have a new son. The thing is, it's complicated. I don't know. I hope that we will be on a plane in six weeks or so, but that timing depends on a lot of things falling into place, and that may happen...or it may not. Africa time is a funny thing.

When you request a visa you must bring a rather large stack of documents with you to the embassy. While the adoption judgment is a key component of that stack, we need the rest of it before we can even request an appointment. I've heard that after you submit your request it will take roughly a month to get an appointment. Our travel plans are thus dependent on the completion of our paperwork, and how long that will take is up in the air.

Getting the positive judgment was quite a relief, but practically speaking it hasn't changed anything. We are still here, he is still there. Our family is not together. It has almost been harder these last few days, because I thought our paperwork would be complete by the time we got our judgment, so it is a let-down that we aren't able to request an appointment and that we have no idea when we will be able to.

But we trudge on. In adoption, that is just what you do, I think maybe it is the payback for not getting stretch marks. Thus, we wait. We pray. We hope.

Psalm 10: 14
"But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief, that you may take it into your hands; the helpless commit themselves to you; you have been the helper of the orphan."

1 comment:

mary said...

We are praying :)