Saturday, September 20, 2008

Fingerprinting is Done!!!

We went to Atlanta Thursday to the US Citizenship and Immigration Service, USCIS, for fingerprinting. This is supposed to be the final step in our immigration paperwork to be able to bring Maggie across the border when we travel. We had a great time and made it a date. It's amazing how much you have to catch up on with the person you are married to. Life sometimes gets too busy, and we need to rally in the troops and hunker down with our family. Now we wait again for the fingerprints to get processed and for the USCIS to send us an I-171 form to send to El Salvador. This whole waiting thing is so in tune with what the Lord is revealing to us right now. When you are in a position of waiting, you basically are not in control, you can't do anything to speed up the process, and you have to learn to keep living. It's a picture of what the Lord wants from us, to "Be Still and KNOW that I AM God". We are to JUST BE. He is in control. His timing is PERFECT. I (Patricia) am a doer and am learning what it means to just be. It really is a matter of trusting Him and letting Him live through me. Maggie is more than likely born already, living in the orphanage, or on the side of the road, or in a home where her birthmother is desperately trying to take care of her. God has His hand upon her life right now, and anything He allows into her life He will use for His glory and His purposes. We believe with all our heart that the little girl God wants to entrust to us is the PERFECT chosen one for our family. So what now, join us in praying for her and for those in close contact with her now. We are praying that "the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it." Isaiah 40:5

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Everything is officially translated to Spanish and is awaiting approval from OPS (like our DHR). The only document they need is our immigration approval. Yesterday I was miraculously able to contact someone by email in the immigration office in Atlanta and she responded within the hour. WOW!!!! We have an appointment for fingerprinting in Atlanta Thursday September 18th at 9am. She stated that then everything would be complete and a decision would be made. I'm not sure what they are "deciding", but who cares. I got an answer from the government within a hour. God is so AWESOME!!! Time is going by fast too. Tony is back in Auburn for his senior year. Parker is back at Trinity and in middle school, and Sarah-Gracen and Camden are doing well with homeschooling. We are so encouraged by the progress and from what we understand, we are in line for approval in El Salvador. What that means is WHEN OPS approves us they will begin the search to find our daughter. Please continue to pray for God's timing and for the people that are working on this case. We want them to be touched by THE KING through this process also. I am so enjoying having Elsie Hufham to love on and Lydia Lowry to OOO and AHHH over. Sweet friends who have been so blessed by the Lord in the receiving of daughters from Guatemala and China. The power of these families testimony greatly influenced our decision and our prayer is that our journey will influence the lives of those God has placed this call on. WE ARE BLESSED!!!!!