We went to the office to try to walk in and get our fingerprints done sooner than our scheduled appointment of April 1st. Thankfully we walked in and the officer allowed us to get them done. I was a little nervous because I had a cut on my thumb and I was worried it would interfere with my fingerprint. Well, apparently our fingerprints go down many layers in our skin so they couldn't even see the cut on the screen at all. She said our prints looked great!! Now we wait for our I797 approval and then we can submit our dossier. One step closer to our girl!!!
We received our fingerprint appointments on Saturday March 21st. We emailed our request to the USCIS requesting a medical expedite. We had to send a doctors letter providing proof that it is necessary for the expedite. I just received an email and they approved our request. PRAISING GOD for this answer to prayer. We will try to walk in to the office to see if we can get our fingerprints sooner. Our appointment is not scheduled to April 1st. Please pray they allow us to get them done.
We mailed out our I800A to the USCIS on March 6th. We just received an email and text saying they received our documents in the lockbox today. Once we receive our fingerprint appointments in the mail we can request a medical expedite due to our daughters heart condition. Please pray that they will process our paperwork quickly. Thanks!
Today was an amazing day!!! I want to thank all of our friends and family who helped us today. We couldn't have done it all with out you. When Jon mentioned adopting our little girl I really was not sure about having to fundraise again. Part of me thought, so many have helped before how could people help again. While we were reviewing our little one's file, God once again showed me he's got this. They attached a $5,000 grant to her file. After that, our agency encouraged us to apply for a matching grant. Within an hour, yes an hour we heard we were approved for an $8,000 grant. We need to come up with $4,000 and they will match the other $4,000. They then encouraged us to apply for an agency grant. The max that they give was $3,000. That is what we requested. When we got our approval letter the following week, it stated that they wanted to give us $5,000 because of how we met her, advocated for her and they were inspired by our story. I tell you this because I was hesitant. I have seen God provide for two of our adoptions and still I doubted him. Look at what he has shown me in less than a month??? AND then add in today. I first woke up to a message from a woman who has been thinking about adoption and wants to meet me for coffee to talk more about it. For me I just want to be a tool for God to use. If through all of this, it also helps one more orphan get a forever family. Completely worth it!!! So then the morning started. We got the donuts to all of the locations and people were coming at a steady pace. Our first location sold out at 11 and then we started to hear more as time went on. My phone was still ringing as the day went on. Completely Amazing. I am truly blown away. Today was not about us in anyway. It was truly doing God's work and him working for our daughter. He provided for her so she could have a family and get the surgery she needs to help her. Today we saw so many people come together to help make this day what it was. We had so many volunteers to make all six stations run smoothly. We had a few friends that got sick and right after those messages we received some with people asking if we still needed help. God even worked out all of the little details like that. Thank you to all of you who helped us today!!! So many people also shared our event on Facebook. This was huge!!! It really helped!! We had over 100 preorders for donuts today even before everything started today. I was getting texts and phone calls still tonight for donuts. We had 670 dozen donuts this morning and they have all been sold!!! There are so many generous people around in our community!! We are truly humbled. Thank you so much for all of your support and all of your help to bring our little girl home!! We could not do this without you. I think today was also a reminder that there is so much good in this world. We just need to look around and see it more. There was a couple that came by tonight to purchase donuts and they thanked me for allowing them to be able to help in this way. Again truly humbled by it all. Thank you so much!!