Around 30 days ago, we were told we would finally be on the awaited list in September. And I got teary eyed. It was finally happening! But there was still a part of us that, due to the psychotic roller coaster of the last year and a half, was afraid to get really excited and be let down. It wasn't on paper yet at that point and we would have to wait a month.
The end of September was coming and we got anxious. No news on Monday. Nothing again on Tuesday. And then nothing on Wednesday. We knew as the week went on, it meant the odds of traveling before Christmas this year were getting slim. But we were okay with that. We just wanted to see "the list".
Thursday morning, I woke up and grabbed my phone. And there was an email from our agency "The kids have been assigned to you!!". It means in Peru's mind, they're ours!! This is HUGE!!
Now, we have pages of immigration paperwork to fill out. Like 45+ pages! We have to wait on some of the information we need to be translated into English. So....the odds of things getting back and them letting us travel before January are not super high. BUT if I've come to learn anything at all in this process, it's that God certainly knows what He's doing. And if He wants to make miracles happen in the immigration office, He will.
For now, the when doesn't matter. It's on paper: they are assigned to us and us to them. We get to go get them! That is good stuff!
Tonight, we were waiting to get all 5 of them in the same room to Skype with us. While we waited on the girls, we figured out that a house mom at the orphanage had told the kids the news! They are definitely excited with a tad of nervous. It's definitely a different thing adopting older kids who have existing relationships and people in Peru that they love. Please be praying for our kiddos. All 7 really. Everyone will have an adjustment. And the 5 Peruvians will be saying goodbye to friends and people they love dearly. All good stuff, but still hard.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all who have prayed, cried, and celebrated with us! The journey is only beginning so stay tuned! Lots more fun to come!