Posted on April 10, 2018
Posted on April 10, 2018Daily we have received messages from many of you wondering if there has been any progress. Thank you to all of you who continue to think of us and pray for us. It has been a very trying time as we have responded to 3 different requests for more evidence (RFEs) from USCIS and just a month ago sent in our final response. We are praying for a miracle approval to come soon. It has been over 14 months since we traveled to DRCongo to meet the girls and file our I-600 and were told 5-6 weeks for a response. It has been heartbreaking for all of us to have this long wait but no one more then Julie. Weekly we Skype the girls and she continues to ask "mommy, how long til my journey to America?" I fight back tears every time she asks me. The answer is "I don't know" but we remain hopeful that we will hear APPROVED any day now.
Many are asking if we are still fundraising. The truth...we need to be as this long wait has really been hard on us financially but I have resisted posting as I just feel defeated and broken that we are still fighting to bring the girls home. However, we anticipated the adoption to cost around $85,000 including travel expenses to bring the girls home but at this point we have far exceeded that number and still have costs for visas, monthly foster care fees, school fees, medical care, etc in addition to travel expenses when we do finally get to bring the girls home. The conservative estimation for all that is around $15,000 IF we get the girls home by June or July. The Lord has blesses us tremendously by so many of you giving generously over the past year and a half and we know in some way He will continue to provide and make a way for the girls to come home.
We thank you all for your continued prayers and support and we cling to the hope that our family will be reunited soon!
Posted on July 7, 2017
Posted on July 7, 2017Feb 21 we submitted our file to the US Embassy in Kinshasa and they confidently told us in 5 weeks or less we would hear from them about our case. We were so excited that we would have the girls home by Easter. Fast forward 20 weeks and we still haven't received any news other then our case has been forwarded to USCIS headquarters in the USA. After reaching out to our local congressman, the senate head of foreign affairs as well as the embassy we have received no news. I was finally able to personally contact someone at USCIS who simply told me "we are working on your case as quickly as possible, please be patient." To say I am frustrated is an understatement. It's so hard to understand what the hold up could possibly be. I struggle with knowing these girls are in an unsafe place without the love of a mom or dad and missing moments with their biological siblings already here with us. Why do Ada & Jackson get to be here while Julie & Bea have to wait so much longer? Will this journey be as long as the one to bring Ada & Jackson home (748 days)? Will we spend every dollar we have again to bring these girls home? God why do these girls have to WAIT so long!?! They are asking us every Saturday we Skype, "how much longer til we are with you?" It BREAKS my heart and I have to respond with I don't know but we love you and you'll be here soon! It is so hard!
I have tried so hard to remain faithful and trust the Lord's timing. To know he loves these girls more then I do and he will bring them home in the perfect time. I have been wavering though...questioning if they will come home. But yesterday a woman I barely know blessed me immensely by sharing she has been called to pray for our children to come home. To also give financially to our adoption fund. As I sat there listening to her I was overwhelmed with thankfulness that God sent her to remind me to simply TRUST. To WAIT patiently. To BELIEVE that God will FINISH this for us. He IS working on our behalf. So after that beautiful gift of knowing she is praying for our girls to come home and a donation to our fund, I am beyond THANKFUL for the reminder that God led us to these girls and he will bring them home.
Please continue to pray for the health and safety of our girls during this wait. Pray for our confidence and trust in the Lord's timing. We are forever thankful for all our prayer warriors and those who have given to help bring Julie & Bea home. We don't know when but we know they will be home just in time. ❤️🙏🏻
"If you ask anything in My name, I will
do it." John 14:14
Posted on June 12, 2017
Posted on June 12, 2017I haven't posted in a while and I apologize for that. We've had a busy last two months as we prepared and packed up to move cross country. We arrived last week in Sparks, NV which will now be our home base. Thomas and I have the opportunity to open a Chick-fil-A here in January which is a huge blessing for our family as we will get to work together and have more quality family time after establishing our business. Until January thomas and I working in the local Chick-fil-A here and will learn as much as possible until our opening date.
In the meantime we have had no news about our adoption file with USCIS. The embassy sent out file on to USCIS in April to further investigate our file and the wait to hear from USCIS has been so difficult....it's truly testing our patience. The longer the wait time the more costly the adoption is as foster, medical and schooling fees pile up as well as our girls going longer without their mom and dad and siblings. Julie often asks why the wait is taking so long and it's so difficult to explain. Please pray for all of us as we wait and trust the Lord's timing. We know God is working on our behalf and we pray our girls will be healthy and safe through the wait.
Praying boldly we will receive news soon. I have included updated pictures of our girls. Thank you for everyone's prayers and financial support...we can't wait to unite Ada & Jackson with their precious sisters Julie & Bea.