Tuesday, June 4, 2013

One Year Ago Today... this was the email I sent home

Well... for those of you that emailed your prayers thank you. For
those of you waiting for an update.. well... here it is..

Yesterday we went to embassy for our interview. We had been told over
and over that these go smoothly in abandonment cases so we shouldn't
have a problem as all of our paperwork was in, which they had assured
us it was. Our appt was at 330 and we got there at 2. We sat until 445
before they called us. We went in they asked us a few questions, and
then told us that the paperwork we turned in they wanted to see the
originals of. These papers were 5 hours away at the orphanage. They
said to not return until we had them and that they would like to see
one document that we didnt even have a photocopy of or knew if it
existed (in fact it did not). So they said they could send a taxi for
the papers and try to get them today. We asked for a promise of that
but they just repeated that they would get a taxi (speaking with
ugandans is sometimes hard because they often respond as if they
didn't hear you). Our driver said "no i will go now and get them and
you will have them early in the morning for sure". (our driver is our
hero by the way and this is not the first time). I offered to go with
since I was the most familiar with the paperwork of the three adults
and he said that would be fine.

We left Kampala around 500pm and arrived in Mbale around 1030pm and
met the nun who runs the orphanage at her office. Her eyes were half
asleep but she gave me every document that she had for both of the
children, the originals.

The drive from K to M is not fun. The road isn't terrible but its very
windy and dippy (nauseating) especially through the rainforest and the
speed bumps along the highway mean that when you are traveling along
at 120km/hr all of a sudden you have to slam on your breaks to hit the
speed bumps for the coming township. Also, with one lane roads and
slow trucks there is much passing. The last time we came back on that
road we saw about a dozen accidents and even a dead body in the road.
This time I saw a dead body again but it was in a coffin going for
burial. We didn't actually see any accidents this time but had to slam
on the breaks a few times with mutantly large wild hogs running in
front of the car, stray dogs, cats, and cows. Then there are the
police stops where they ask for "tea". Though this times no bribes
were requested perhaps one half asleep mzungu didn't strike them as
the tea type. (little do they know my bags are always full of tea, not
that thats what theyre looking for. Fortunately we have an amazing
driver that protects us with his life and we trust implicitly to never
allow is in any dangerous situation. And once again we arrived home
safely with all the documents. We arrived home around 3am and woke up
at 530am to head to the lawyers office to review everything we had and
get another affidavit before heading back to embassy.

I walked into the embassy with little hope. I felt like we were going
to be stuck here forever (don't get me wrong I love it here but the
love started to fade when I felt stuck lol). After turning over the
documents she told me she would call and let me know. I said "i would
like to wait if thats ok". She said "it would be better for you if you
go and let us call you. they are doing interviews now and it could be
a while". I said "i drove 10 hours straight last night and won't sleep
a wink until we know its ok, if you approve I will wait here for the
answer. She smiled and said "yes i will make that work".

I sat down for about 5 minutes when they called me back up. She
started shoving my files back at me under the glass and I panicked
thinking it was again the wrong file. Then she smiled and said "you
can have this back. your application is approved and you can pick up
your visa tomorrow". I ran for the door with my papers and did a happy
dance outside the glass (trying to tone it down when I caught sight of
friends waiting outside that have been here since February and at this
point are still waiting for visa) and ran to j and b in the car to
tell them the good news. THAT WE ARE INDEED GOING HOME ON THURSDAY!!!!
Praise God Amen!

So, off I go to sleep (apparently 2 hours wasn't enough for me) the
boys are napping, and will give me a break tonight to sleep while they
entertain themselves. Tomorrow I get to spend the day with some
awesome people and thursday we are visiting an orphanage and then

K, B, & J - all three coming to a state near you soon