We’ve done it…we’ve cleared the final hurdle! We don’t have visas in hand, but they’ve been approved and a date for their printing has been set!
Unfortunately, the aforementioned set date is less than ideal. You see, the US Embassy in Ghana has assigned a visa print date of December 23, 2011. We’ve requested an earlier date (they only print visas on Fridays), but they have not responded to our requests. We’ve contacted our travel agent and made arrangements for Sam to travel alone to Ghana to bring Liam & Cora home. As much as it breaks my heart, we’ve prayed about this decision and really feel this is in the best interest of our entire family.
God willing, all will go as planned and Sam and our 2 youngest children will arrive safely in Buffalo on Christmas Eve night. If there is any delay (visa errors, inclement weather, whatever the case may be) ALL of our children will be spending Christmas with a parent. Ideally, we will all be under one roof when we awake on Christmas morn, but worst case scenario, Ivy & Mya will have me and Liam & Cora will have Sam as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.
Sam will be making a very short trip to Ghana…only spending 1 full day in country. That day will be packed with visits to the birth family & orphanage, shopping for mementos/souvenirs that we weren’t able to acquire on our previous trip and preparing for 2 days of traveling across the globe with 2 young children.
As the end of this chapter in our adoption story draws near, we ask for your prayers for:
* visas to be printed on time and ACCURATELY so Sam & the children aren’t required to extend their stay in Ghana
* Sam’s patience and his ability to accomplish all that needs to be accomplished while in Ghana for such a short time
* blessings upon Sam, Liam & Cora as they share this special time together
* safe travels with minimal delays
* Ivy, Mya & myself as we eagerly await the completion of our family. Please pray that, if there are delays we must endure, that we will have peace and be blessed in our special time together.
* our extended family and friends…that they would understand that our family is going through a MAJOR transition and that they will be sensitive to our need for seclusion for a while until a routine and sound attachment have begun taking shape.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support! It is almost surreal that what we’ve worked so hard for over the last two years is FINALLY coming to fruition! To God be the glory!!!
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families…” ~Psalm 68:5-6