adoption update

A lot of people are asking where we are in the process so I thought I would fill you in on our progress. We are very close to the end, but still with no end in sight if that makes any sense.

We’re in the department called MOI. This is one of the last stages in the process. After this we’ll get passports, medical examinations and then a Visa. When you have your visa you are good to go. So it doesn’t seem that far off, right?!

I recently heard MOI was moving quickly and some people were getting out in 30-60 days. Since then I’ve heard that MOI is averaging about 4 months long. That would mean us getting out the end of May, which would mean that our kids would NOT be home by Easter which has been my prayer for many months. It is starting to look less and less likely that they will be here to wear matching clothes to church on Easter Sunday. I do believe that God is big and can get them here whenever they want, but just looking at how things are going in Haiti it doesn’t look like they’ll be here before Easter.

This doesn’t mean that I have stopped begging and asking God to get them here by then. I’m still asking and pleading daily for this. I feel sort of guilty because I have planned a get away with my girl friend the weekend after Easter and in some way I feel as though I’m throwing in the towel and not trusting God by planning it for that weekend. BUT I also can’t sit around and do nothing just because I hope my kids are home. Know what I mean? If so, I’d not plan anything from March through the end of the year, just in case that’s the weekend they are coming home!

Right now one thing that’s holding us up is that our son’s birth certificate is not recorded as it should be in the archives books. Sounds simple, but oh no it’s not. I have no idea what they need to do to make this happen, but it’s not as easy as updating a computer system! So, I have no idea how long this will take or if this will hold us up lots or not. I have no idea if this means that both of their files are stopped or if one can move on without the other. I have no clue if our daughter could get out of MOI and our son still be there. Anyone know this?

That’s the most I know these days. The kids are doing great and I can’t wait to get my hands on them in 3 weeks. What joy to see them so many times through this process. This will be my fifth time to visit them during our adoption, and Aaron’s third. I pray that our next trip is to bring them HOME!

I can’t wait to see this face:




7 responses to “adoption update

  1. UGH! Four months for MOI?? Yeah, we are in the same spot, with a paperwork hold-up. For us, it is the birthmom’s death certificate. But I think it’s the same kind of thing. Everything will sit until the village does some sort of paperwork to record it, and there’s nothing to be done but wait.

    I’m so sorry the Easter date is looking unlikely. I think you are doing the right thing by just planning you life . . . you can always cancel plans if God does a miracle! But we have many similiar thoughts as we look ahead and plan vacations, etc. I think Haiti will be our vacation desitination for the rest of 2009!

    In regards to the files, I have definitely seen some people bring one child home while the other child is still waiting. I hope that won’t even be something you have to deal with!!

  2. Such great pictures of Amos. It is crazy but I cannot wait until I am in your position. I know I will have to but right now I am just hoping for IBESR.

  3. we were stuck in MOI with one kids missing a B-C. the complete file sat until the other was corrected.

  4. I continue to urge the Lord for your children to be home SOON with you!!! Please Jesus!!! love you so.

  5. Sheesh. I sure hope its not taking FOUR months. We have been in 2.5 months now and I am hoping for news each and every day. Its great that you are given updates on the specifics though so you kind of know what to expect. Praying for our waiting children and movement with our files!!

  6. Tomorrow marks exactly 4 months in MOI for us. Actually, one of our boys’ files was signed out of MOI on Feb. 6th and has been in passport printing since the 10th. Our little guy, who is a true orphan with no identifed birth parents still waits in MOI. We have heard everything is fine with his file and all we need is one last signature that would release it and order and passport to be started. We are now waiting for R’s passport and then our whole process stops until J’s files catch up. We won’t enter USCIS until both boys can do it at the same time. I am so frustrated and obsessed with checking my email for an update that sometimes all I want to do is scream and lock myself in a closet and eat cookie dough. AAAAAHHHHHHH.

    • girl i feel your pain and i’ve only been in MOI for about 31 days. I am constantly checking too during the week to see if anything has happened. So I guess that means that one file will not go all the way to visa printing without the other.

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