I asked for prayer from friends and family because I was quite nervous about the process. I had also heard most families say they wait inside 3-4 hours for about 5 minutes at the "window". We must have had answered prayers! We waited outside a little over an hour until our line started going in. Took maybe 10-15 min through the line. And then were inside just over an hour! And done!
After finishing we were able to go to the airport to pick up our new "online" friends who are now "real life" friends who are coming to begin THEIR two week visit with their little guy! It was so exciting to see them take in the wonder of Haiti for the first time as we did just over a week ago, and then to watch them meet and begin to bond with their little guy for the FIRST TIME! So neat to be a part of that! And I look forward to getting to know them even better as the week goes on!
We were so glad to see Macy today since we weren't able to the past two days! We heard that she missed us and asked for us. Break my heart! Only four more days and it will be SO HARD to leave! When we did have to leave today after what seemed like such a short visit, she said "No." I was so sad! But at least we will see her tomorrow! Today was just a bit shortened with the Embassy and airport and all.
Later we went to a grocery store with the guest house manager. Such an experience. It was so "American" I guess you could say, except with armed guards out front! LOL Olivia and I wandered the store checking things out and oogling the cakes and pastries. We ALMOST splurged on some Ben and Jerry's (as I've been missing my ice cream!) BUT... when I converted the cost in my head and realized that ONE PINT was about NINE DOLLARS American... I thought NO WAY! Sorry Ben and Jerry! :)
We filed and paid for our I600 in Haiti. But then with the earthquake, we had to start over in the U.S. and pay another $900 each for the citizenship paperwork and interview and such.
I hope your file moves quickly through the rest of the steps. If you are not in Pap, it should go fast once out of IBESR.
I made five short trips (3-5 days) to Haiti during our three year adventure.
Hi Katie! Unfortunately no. I think that's the hardest part of Haiti adoptions. There is a step by step process that doesn't change, but the timing for each step seems completely arbitrary. Some families may take one time to get through a step and someone else could be way quicker or way slower. Also, since all of this is "new process" now we are technically in uncharted territory anyway. I'm the first from my agency to go on the new two week bonding trip and there haven't been all that many besides. So your guess is as good as mine. Some have guesstimated 4-6 months, some are guessing a year, but it's a complete guess.
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• 50 million orphans in Africa
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Little did I know that the road would be so rocky
Little did I know that the trip would take so long
Little did I know that my heart could hurt so much
Little did I know that God is never wrong
Little did I know that love could be so powerful
Little did I know that a dream so far could go
Little did I know that God would place the right ones
Little did I know that my heart, so large, could grow
Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
Little did I know that this day would finally come
Little did I know that four souls would be sent to guide me
Little did I know that they would choose to call me mom
But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
God knew all along that my dream would soon come true
God knew all along that we five should be together
God knew all along that I’d share it all with you