We FINALLY, after another round of unsuccessful attempts with the Miami Consulate, learned why they couldn't help us. Jack's birth certificate is from New Jersey.
Why is that important?
Well for 2 weeks I had no idea. As it turns out because it was a NJ document, it had to go to the Consulate of Haiti in New York.
So, we send it off to NY and our last piece to Miami. I then get a call from the NY consulate that they couldn't legalize it either because they needed this stamp and that stamp on it. WHAT?
This would've been a week ago Thursday and I'll admit I was bawling uncontrollably. Of course, this call comes as I am to start seeing my patients for the morning. A long trip to the bathroom and God sized prayers on my knees in the bathroom and I began pleading the consulates for help.
(And for those wondering, YES I did wash my hands! ;) )
Well, God was gracious and merciful on my weary heart. A sweet assistant of the main consule listened and took time to understand my confusion. She called back and the letter was sent.
Now, in the mean time, we had sent our last document to the Miami consulate with an easy week to spare. They had sent back our 17 documents in 5 days so I really wasn't worried.
To make this short, we are headed down in a few hours without that document. No idea where it is, but it will have to be sent down after we get back.
The last 8 months of my life for this stack of stamped and re-stamped documents
Along with THREE copies makes for some heavy carryon luggage even for me.
We did finally complete our I-600A form which is the application to the US immigration department where they will say we are approved to adopt in the US's eyes. (I know this story sounds unreal). That whole process was wrought with delays unclear, claims of unpaid fees though I had receipts from them in hand, and general hassling. We received our appointment for fingerprinting (again) and I chuckled.
It was the day before we were looking to fly down and take our dossier to Haiti and it was in Birmingham. Ah...perfect timing.
|Immigration office in Birmingham |
(No phones, cameras, etc will allowed in.)
For those willing to help us, pray! Pray for strength and discernment. Pray for peace of heart and mind. Pray that we will be still and hear His plan for both Jack and I.
My hope tonight is that if it is the Lord's will He will gift Jack with either a passion for this country as I have or at least an understanding of my heart.