I am absolutely exhausted–but what a happy day this has been.
I left home early this morning in eight degree weather and some nasty road conditions. There sure is not much that can stand in the way of a mommy-on-a-mission, is there?
My mission? To have our final documents–our corrected police clearances–apostilled in Denver. They arrived in the mail on Saturday, and today just had to be the day to get them authenticated for our dossier. I had had enough of all the delays and all the obstacles that have stood between us and our girls.
The trip was uneventful, what usually takes just less than two hours from our house to Denver, took closer to three hours due to icy, snow-covered roads. I finally arrived at the Secretary of State building. I told the nice man at the front desk what I needed, handed him my documents, paid my $140 (rip off!), watched him print out the authentication letters, said thank you very much, and left. All of maybe five minutes for $140! Nice.
Thankfully, by the time I headed home, the roads were so much better. Next stop? The UPS store. I spent ages there photocopying each document and getting them in precise order. Oh, and I checked ten thousand times that I had, indeed, remembered every single document. This process has made me completely paranoid I tell you. I scrutinized that pile of paperwork as if my life depended on it. Then I remembered that Hailee and Harper’s lives do depend on it.
And so, my dear friends, after months and months of endless paperwork trials, I am happy to tell you that our dossier officially left for our daughter’s country tonight.
What a journey it has been. From the time we began my citizenship process (which we had to do in order for us to adopt Hailee–due to my hubby being over the age limit), to putting our dossier together, it has truly felt like one battle after the next. Time and time again, the enemy has tried to derail us, tried to discourage us, and gone out of his miserable way to ensure that we failed in our attempt to rescue these sweet children.
But the battle always belongs to the Lord, doesn’t it?
And the victory is always His. Always.
I was so emotional as I mailed this sweet envelope today. All those documents inside there represented one thing…
Two more children about to be rescued from darkness and brought into His glorious light.
Now we pray for a first week of April travel date.
Oh happy day!
Thank you for journeying with me, friends. Thank you for your love, your support, and your encouragement along the way. I am so thankful.