I am going to take a break in finishing up my trip update to share with everyone our big news. We are finally finished with paperwork.
We had our 2nd and 3rd homestudy visit these last two months and we got the call Thursday night, April 2nd that all of our homestudy paperwork was finished. We have spent the majority of this week finishing up last minute paperwork details and the finished homestudy was all we were waiting for. So after a trip to the Knox Co. and Anderson Co. Clerks office on Friday morning to get the last of our paperwork certified, Andy and I drove to Nashville and back on Friday afternoon. We had to take the last of our paperwork to get authenticated by the state. We made it back to the shop after 6:00 and had to rush to finish scanning every paper to send off for translations, and got everything loaded in a Fed-ex box to drop off in Halls by 7:30 which was the last pick-up for the night. We are having all our papers overnighted to the lady in Washington that is helping us get our dossier finished and ready to send to Haiti. I have to say I was a little emotional dropping off our paperwork. Andy made fun of me because not only did I take a picture of him dropping the box in the Fed-ex mailbox but I got teary as we drove off. I think it was a combination of the relief of finally being finished and knowing that we just dropped off 4 months of work and a box full of priceless original documents into a mailbox that is now completely out of our hands.
The thing we are praying for now is that everything moves quickly with our paperwork so Andy can hand deliver our dossier to Haiti when he goes on April 14th. For that to happen all of the translations will have to be finished by the lady in Indiana, she will then send them to our lady in Washington who will put everything together and check to make sure everything is there and correct, she will send it overnight to the Haitian Consulate in Chicago where all of our paperwork will get another stamp proving that our paperwork is valid and can be accepted by the Haitian government as a legal document and then that paperwork will be overnighted to us with the hope that it will be in our hands on the afternoon of April 14th before Andy leaves for Haiti. That is a lot to get done in little more than a week but we know that God is in control and we have to trust in His timing. But for today we can breathe a sigh of relief that we made a big step yesterday in the process of bringing our little girl home!