Yesterday afternoon, we received an updated list of the waiting children at our orphanage. After looking over the list, Pat and I felt strongly led to one little boy in particular. We are so hopeful that he is our son!
The problem is that we don't have what is called the Favorable Determination Letter (FDL, or I-171-H) from U.S. immigration, yet. It is a pre-approval from the government to bring an orphan into the U.S. and AOH can't give us a referral without that letter. We applied for it on March 2nd, so we have been waiting for almost 2 months. (estimated wait time is between 9 days and 3 months) Please pray that it will arrive soon.
I have never felt like this before. I have had butterflies in my stomach since yesterday. I am so antsy, I can't sit still. I just wish that I could DO something to make that letter be in our mailbox tomorrow afternoon. There is no guarantee that AOH won't give this referral to another family, and I need to be OK with that. If God closes the door for adopting this little boy, then I need to be grateful that He is saving us for the right one for our family. I need His help right now to be patient and to trust and not get too carried away.
Tomorrow, Pat and I will be gathering and sending overnight FedEx the rest of the documents that Donna needs from us. We were just laughing about how we learned the hard way by waiting for the birth certificates that we are willing to pay extra money for speed. We won't be relying on the mail to get these things to Donna! They'll be there as fast as we can possibly get them to her.
Please pray that our FDL will be in the mail, that I will have peace, and that I would trust in God's will for this situation. I believe this is THE ONE, but I don't want to meddle or interfere with the work that God has done so far and will continue to do. I need a MAJOR chill pill right now, and really appreciate your prayers!
I just wanted to add how much I have grown to love my "virtual" friends that I have met through my yahoo groups and this blog. You all are awesome and I'm so grateful for your support!