Friday, September 3, 2010

APPROVED...APPROVED ... APPROVED!

I awoke groggy this morning after being up with my sweet Justus through the night. I put the coffee on and walk to the computer. I go to check my email - and lo and behold I have a message from our USCIS officer ~ stating that he received our phone call and that he just approved us this morning! He thought I might want to know! I jumped up from my seat (yes, really jumped) and was shaking because I was so excited! So shocked! So amazed! Praising Jesus and thankful that God has it all under control. Why did I doubt?

We JUST turned our I-600A in a few weeks ago, in fact USCIS has a receipt date of August 18th for our application. They sent us a biometric appointment for September 21st, and as you know from my prior post - we were able to get those done on Monday. Yes ... you read that right, just this last Monday! I had called then and no officer had yet been assigned.

Meanwhile, I had sent letters to a few state representatives, and even to my senators - hoping that Ivanna's medical condition (ASD, heart condition) would prompt a medical expedite. I was hopeful that a formal inquiry from that level would quicken the slow process. Well, Senator Patty Murray rang the bell. She went above and beyond and helped us get this application approved in a very quick turn around time. We appreciate her working on our behalf. We don't necessarily see eye to eye politically speaking ~ but we are so very grateful for her help and quite pleased to see a government official actually working on behalf of their constituents.

Start to finish - Just over 2 weeks. Yup. That is what it took from USCIS receiving our application to approved! THAT is amazing since some applications are taking 3 months to approve - and is a reflection of the power of prayer and of the hand of God. Thank you to all who prayed. I am forever grateful to you.

Thank you Jesus for guiding, directing, and helping us along.
Oh ... and I am no longer groggy. Pretty much wide awake now.

9 comments:

Walking With Christ said...

SOOOOO excited for you guys!! PRAISE THE LORD for your approval!!!!!!!! Can't wait to meet those two lil blessings!!

Luba said...

YAY!!! We're excited with you and hope and pray for a fast process for ourselves! Praise the Lord!

Jill said...

That is SOOO WONDERFUL!!! GO GOD!!! I'm so happy for you. Can't wait to follow along on your overseas journey!

Jenny said...

AMAZING!!!! PRAISE the Lord!!! Prayer changes things!!! Wow... now what happens?!?!

Anonymous said...

Praise God from whom all blessing flow!!!!

Lacey said...

Thats about how fast ours was! Yippee, you won't be to far behind us. I'll make sure to get pictures for you. Hopefully the people at this orphanage are nice and will let us do that!

Jenny B. said...

Praise God!!! How EXCITING!! CAN'T WAIT to see your babies' homecoming!! YIPEEEE!!

Katie said...

That is soooo exciting! I wish I knew more about how this process works -- does this mean that soon you will know what date you will be going overseas?

Tom and April said...

BIG SMILES here! God is good. I liked jumping up and down better :)

 




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