We finally got our I-171h (I-600a approval) in the mail today! This comes 2 weeks after we had verbal confirmation from our USCIS office that the petition was approved. I am so thankful to have it! I immediately scanned it and sent it to DHS in Ghana, in hopes that they will begin adjudicating our I-600. Another adoptive mom who filed the same day as me now has I-600 approval (so happy for her!). I pray that our turn-around will be just as fast now that our I-171h is there. Please pray with us!
Miss Kendi Mae has gotten lots of special love from my friend who is currently in Ghana. Her girls (especially the eldest) and Kendi have a special relationship. It's so nice to be here in America and know without a shadow of a doubt that my child is loved and cherished in Ghana. I honestly didn't cry when I left her. I feel THAT good about where she is. Her Aunties love her. Her Eban House brothers and sisters love her. And the visiting parents love her too.
I wish I was an optimist when it comes to my own adoption experiences. But in 2 of our 3 completed adoptions we've run into major obstacles before it was all over. So far Kendi's process has gone beautifully. Really good for a Ghana adoption. And to an outsider it seems like we would be good to go from this point on. But we don't have I-600 approval yet. We don't have a visa yet. There are special (private) circumstances surrounding her adoption that could delay her visa processing for several weeks. She may also be subject to additional medical testing that would delay her homecoming for 8 weeks.
It's all in the Lord's hands. I AM very confident that she will come home. I just can't commit my heart to when. I pray for July. I will smile at August. I will be content with September. Beyond that I will probably cry! LOL!
When I can buy shoes for her, I will know that I feel better about when she will come home. I look at shoes. I have my eye on some shoes. But I can't buy them. Not yet.