Okay, so I contacted our international agency today to see if there was an update. The most recent information is that Maison's United States lawyer is involved in our case and is working with the adoption lawyer at the orphanage in order to figure out what needs to be repaired on our case. It is rare that he gets involved in cases, so obviously something is really wrong and it is imperative that this gets fixed in a timely fashion. It sounds like they are going to be working to fix four different things at once. We will likely have to request an extension to our U.S. visa process. I really don't have any idea how long this will take in the end. It sounds like obtaining the death certificate is going to be the lengthiest part of the process. A family we're familiar with who is also adopting from Haiti was delayed 6+ months waiting for their birth-mom's death certificate, so we'll see. Please continue to pray for miracles.
Recently we were informed of another family adopting from our orphanage and agency that has also had issues with paperwork and they actually have to start their Haitian paperwork completely over. So, I am trying to continue to be thankful that we at least don't have to start over from the beginning with the process; as far as we know. Please pray for this family and the many others that are finding out about random paperwork issues.
Sarah (our agency social worker in Texas) will continue to followup with the director of the orphanage and will make sure that progress is being seen. We will continue to followup with her. She is going to ask about a more clear timeline as this would help us to know if we should be praying about another trip to visit the boys, or not before everything is finalized and we can go down there to bring them home. If we are led to go for a visit, then we'll start the process of carving out the funds and figuring out the Sioux Falls childcare if that is the direction we move. We are also faced with Craig having surgery on a wrist injury on January 20th...so it will have to be down the road a little bit, but with vacation time and details...some planning time would be necessary anyway.
I have felt much less stress over the last week and am sure that the reprieve from stress and anxiety has been strictly due to the prayers coming from all of you! Thank you so much for lifting up our family in prayer!