Our homestudy draft is complete!!! Just a couple of finishing touches and it will be ready to send off to USCIS early next week, hopefully! Thanks to our fabulous social worker who was able to complete our homestudy in just over 4 weeks!
For those who aren't familiar with this process, we will submit our homestudy to USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) for approval to adopt two children internationally. First we will be waiting for USCIS to assign us an appointment to get fingerprinted and have our fingerprints run through a federal database. Next we will be waiting for USCIS to assign an officer to our case file which can sometimes take a while. And after that we will be waiting for our assigned officer to get to our paperwork amongst the mountains of other paperwork she has on her desk. Once our paperwork is processed we will be sent a form titled "I-171H, Notice of Favorable Determination Concerning Application for Advanced Processing of Orphan Petition" and then we'll be able to send our Dossier of paperwork to Eastern Europe for processing!
Our prayers are that USCIS will work quickly, and that our paperwork will land on the desk of someone who feels compassion for our children and will want to work quickly on their behalf.
We are so excited to have completed another step towards getting to our little ones!!
Sidenote: My mom and dad held a wildly successful garage sale fundraiser for us this weekend! People were so overwhelmingly generous and kind. My parent's kind neighbors came from all over the neighborhood bringing donations for the sale and one precious neighbor gave his time and energy for two full days to helping out with the sale (thanks Jeff, you are such a blessing to us!)
Since this weekend's sale went so well I can't even imagine how well next weekend's sale is going to go! We are doing a combo yard sale and bake sale at our house next weekend, Thursday through Saturday. Our garage is stacked to the brim with donated items! I am certain that God "funds what He favors" and am more convinced of it now than ever.
Thanks to each of you who are following along with our progress :-)