Next in our process is that we need our documents to be submitted to the government and then we wait on a SIGNATURE. We pray that the government official who needs to sign it honors the "medical expedite" for Matthew. His medical expedite states that because of his current condition it is important for him to get home as quickly as possible because his life is in "imminent danger". Every time I think about that I get sick. . . .
After that signature, then our documents will be submitted to court where they will wait to be assigned to a judge.
Then our case will wait for a date to be given by that judge.
Then we will wait for that date to come.
Then we will have court and become their legal parents, but will have to wait for the documents to be ready before we can even get dates for travel. This day they are declared ours, but we still have to WAIT!
Once the documents are ready then we will be given a date to travel to pick them up and will have to wait for that date to arrive.
24 hours of travel to get to their country means lots of time spent waiting. I hate being away from my 18 kids at home and then not even with the 3 there yet is super hard waiting. Knowing I am getting ready to bring them home for good will make this waiting a little easier!
Once in country the wait is tremendous because once you are in their beautiful country, but can't get your children immediately it just is unbearable even though so close.
Once the day arrives you wake up WAY before the alarm goes off and have to wait for the time to go pick them up.
Once you get to the orphanage I will have to wait for them to bring my kids to me, even though I want to RUN up the stairs and grab them because I've waited way longer than anyone should ever have to wait.
After we pick them up we will have to rush back for passports and then go back to the hotel.
There will be tons to do over that next few days and all of it is just more of the process that is part of the wait to get them home to join our family and have all 21 of my kids together in one place safe and sound.
The travel to get home takes usually around 24 hours with kids who are tired, grumpy, and overstimulated. Matthew will be needing to get some medical care soon after getting home too, but we are hoping to be able to not go straight to the hospital and have appointments set up to keep him from inpatient if at all possible. Keith finds hospitals very stressful, so we don't want to thrust him into that right off if we can help it. We are praying we can manage to meet all his medical needs without going straight to the hospital and will set up appointments as soon as we have some idea as to a pickup time. That waiting in airports and on airplanes will not be easy!
NOW DO YOU KNOW WHY I HATE THE WORD WAIT EVEN MORE THAN A THREE YEAR OLD DOES????
I feel like a 3 year old whining, but I WANT THEM NOW!!! God has to be tired of hearing me whine. We really expect that we should be able to travel in October or November. . . even though I know the word "WAIT" is used a lot of times. . . it just seems like FOREVER still. . .
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