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Immigration Approved! One hurdle remains...

Friends & Family!!! We are one step closer to bringing home our Little C!!! Look what came in the mail today!


This Notice of Action means that immigration has cleared us to bring home Little C to the United States! The process to get this done was much more eventful than I would have liked it to be.  I've meant to write about it, but it was so frustrating and a downer that I never did. 
Long story short - we didn't have all of the necessary paperwork from the Philippines, so the first letter I got from immigration made for a VERY SAD weekend. I thought I had done something wrong when sending in the paperwork! I was happy when I learned a couple days later that I had done everything correct, we were just still waiting for papers, and then out of the blue the papers showed up! They came without us contacting ICAB wondering where they were! But, of course, another hiccup, we were still missing one document. Ugh! The agony! So frustrating. But miraculously, that too showed up a couple days later. All was sent in and our Officer at immigration approved it the day he got all of the paperwork. God bless him!!!!

So now, one hurdle left! We are waiting for all of the immigration (visa/passport) work to be finished for Little C on the Philippines side. ICAB told our caseworker that they have already begun the process, so fingers are crossed that we hear good news sooner than later! In some ways it is hard to believe it could be here within the next month or so! So much to do before then!!!!  :)

Many of you have asked Little C's name. We share it when we can to our family and friends. We have not used his name on the web to keep his identity private until he is "legally" home and part of our family. This protects our son, his orphanage, and the country he lives in. But like I said, I'd be happy to let you know his name if you ever ask in private! 
I had a necklace finally made! I've been wanting to do this for a long time and finally felt that I could, without a doubt, write Little C's name out. So here is a teaser... maybe you can figure out his name from the necklace...  ;)

I bought the necklace from Blessings & Brass - she is selling these hand stamped necklaces as a fundraiser for her family's adoption! If you are looking for something like this for a Christmas gift, check out her Etsy site, she would be a great person to buy from and help out! 

Thanks again for all of the prayers and support you are sending our way! We are so very blessed to have a strong community that surrounds us in so many ways. 

Have a great 1st week of Autumn everyone! The seasons are changing - YEY!!!!

In Christ ~
Mara

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