Here is the first of what will probably be multiple dossier updates: We feel like we have actually made quite a bit of progress in the first couple weeks we've been working on our dossier! We've already had several documents notarized and sent off for the apostille. The first of our immigration paperwork was submitted for approval by the US today. However, there's also been more than a couple moments of frustration, stress, and even brief "Why are we doing this?" thoughts. Every time one of those thoughts hits us though, it seems like there's a few more things that instantly remind us we were most definitely called to be on this journey and somehow everything that seems impossible now, will indeed be possible in due time.
Right now we have some very specific things we would greatly appreciate prayers and good thoughts for:
--We are in need of notaries whose commission is good for an extended period of time, as required by Ukraine, to notarize many documents, a few of which need to be signed by someone other than us.
--We are needing both of our doctor's offices to work with us in getting medical forms notarized (this has been one of the most stressful things thus far).
--Also pray with us that much of our paperwork- including FBI background checks and immigration paperwork- would come back quickly.
We knew going into this process it would be long, difficult, and testing. We are starting to see how true that is and know that it will continue to be those things, even through the finalization of the adoption. We are also starting to see how faithful God is when we trust Him, and how rewarding it is to be on this journey and see how He continues to provide exactly what we need. How comforting it is to know He already knows how everything will come together on the rest of this journey. We know there will be many more stressful moments of frustration and even second thoughts, but can't wait to see how the seemingly impossible requirements we are trying to meet are turned possible, and how our journey will impact others. Thank you for following along, for your prayers, and your support. We hope to have another positive dossier update soon :)