Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Heavy heart

It appears that it will be awhile before we go to Ukraine. The new SDA has changed the way dossiers may be submitted. Previously, they were to be mailed in. However, they have now designated that dossiers must be deposited by making an appointment with the SDA and that facilitators may only deposit two dossiers at the appointment. All documents in the dossier must be valid for 6 months beyond the date of submission. So here's what that means:

Our facilitator cannot just submit our dossier in its current state because some things will be too close to expiring (for example, our 171H--approval to adopt internationally from the US--expires at the end of January). However, we can't update our documents until we know when his appointment is with the SDA in case we update too early, making our documents too close to expiring again.

This isn't a terrible-horrible-no good-very bad thing, but it is hard because we want children so much. The nice thing is that we weren't anticipating traveling before May or June anyway, since Mark will be done with school then. We will continue to wait on God and know that His plan is the best.

Please pray for our facilitators as they try to work through these new regulations, for the employees at the SDA as they also try to get everything worked out with the new system, and for the many children in Ukraine who are waiting for families.


Katie said...

I'm sure this is disappointing - I keep checking, hoping to see a "HOORAY!" blog... God's time is perfect, and your perseverance is a testament to your faith! Hang in there! :)

Anonymous said...

I promise you, one day you will look back on all this and it will seem like a dream you had. I remember feeling so down-in-the-dumps about all of the delays and hang-ups but I drove to the store today with 5 kids in my van. It's those small, seemingly insignificant things that will hit you when your kids are home:).

God works all things together for good for those who love him and are called according to his purposes. Here's praying that your children will be in your arms in a few months.


I'll send your stuff back after the Christmas mail rush is over.