Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What's The Saying?

Isn't it something like, "For every one step forward, it seems to be two steps back."?
That's how today feels!

For the past week or so I've been practically running to the mailbox each day after school (work) to check for my USCIS approval letter. Today was no exception. In fact, since I had a work day today I was running between all three school buildings in our district, working on IEPs, and coordinating with the teachers of the other two life skill classes. Going from one building back to my "home" building to pick up Olivia and Braeden at the end of the day, I swung by the house which is a few blocks away to check since I knew the mail had already come.

Lo and behold... an envelope from the Dept of Homeland Security!!! I couldn't believe it!

And yet, when I opened it, I discovered a letter stating that my application could NOT be processed yet as two items were MISSING which needed to be submitted! :( SO DISAPPOINTING! :(

I emailed my worker at my adoption agency and asked that she call me, which she promptly did. She asked me what was needed and that I scan and email a copy of the letter once I was back at home. By the time I got home she had already emailed back a copy of one of the things I needed to include and then a copy of another which should suffice for what they are asking. I had not been made aware to include the first one and should have and the second should have been taken care of by a signature on the homestudy but they were wanting a more detailed letter. So... I am waiting until tomorrow when another worker from the agency is going to make sure that second item will be acceptable (my worker is off the next two days) and then I will mail in the requirements.

What makes it so hard is that it's already been THREE WEEKS since my fingerprints, and my I800a application had already been there a couple weeks or more PRIOR to that, so I just wish I had known LONG ago that these were needed. Just feels like an unnecessary wait. BUT, I know this WHOLE process has been God's timing from the start, so I will (attempt) to remember that and to remind myself that HE is in control and NOT ME! :)

Man, and I thought I was learning that lesson! Guess I needed a reminder! :)

*** Sorry I haven't drawn the giftcard winner yet, I will be doing that tonight after church!


Kathy C. said...

It had to be disappointing to think you're opening the approval letter only to have it not be. I didn't have that with USCIS but I did have that when I sent my notarized letter for authentication and found out you couldn't use military notaries because they can't be authenitcated!!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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