“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.”
Are you ready for this week’s festivities? Kevin and I visited my mom and her husband, and my brother and our nephew this past weekend (Bellingrath Gardens is gorgeous, by the way!) and we’re looking forward to spending Christmas Day with Kevin’s side of the family. Oh! That reminds me, if you’re in the Montgomery area on Christmas Eve, Kevin is leading worship at our church at 4:30 that day. (Centerpoint Fellowship Church- 608 E. Fairview) We’d love to sing with you there!
On the home front, we never did put up a Christmas tree after I blogged about those ‘merry mantels‘ earlier this month- but only because we had one up for a few weeks back in October- LOL! We worked on a photoshoot for Belong magazine, and after all that, we decided to just wait until next Christmas to put one up during the month of December.
Y’all, I can’t even IMAGINE how different Christmas is going to be around here next year!!!!!!!! 😀
Oh! And speaking of our Sweet P- we got ANOTHER great adoption update on Friday! Remember the exequature (application) I told you about the week before last? Well, our in-country rep finished filling it all out and was able to submit it to the Courts this past week!!!! Praise the Lord!
Once it’s approved, we’ll receive our adoption decree and our adoption will be final in Haiti! Sweet P will have our last name and will legally be our our son!!!
Our caseworker at Lifeline said this approval *generally* takes 2-3 weeks, but she has seen it take 2-3 months for some families too. Either way, the finish line is getting closer and closer, and we couldn’t be more excited!
After we get our adoption decree, the next step is called ‘Legalizations’. We’re told this step *generally* takes 6-8 weeks. Once everything has been legalized, we’ll move on to the last step: ‘Passports & Visa’. Apparently this step *generally* takes 6-8 weeks, too. Of course, either of those steps could take longer, but we are hopeful things will keep on a’movin!
Which reminds me, thank you for all the encouragement and kindness you’ve blessed us with this year. Sharing our adoption adventure with you has made the journey even more fun (and the wait more bearable), and we are so grateful for all of the love and prayers you have continued to send our way! I can’t wait to share the next BIG update with you! XO
PS- Here’s a link to the Belong magazine website if you’d like to see the full (10-page) article in Issue 01!