Around Christmastime, trips to the mailbox are more fun. We LOVE getting Christmas cards from family and friends. But yesterday, we got a bonus load of joy. That's because, many weeks before we were expecting it, we got our approval letter from U.S. Immigration. This is a major piece of moving ahead with our adoption, and we are so very thankful!
Maybe the best way to put this into perspective is to consider that the process of getting approved for our international adoption basically expands as we continue on. First is the agency (1), then the state of Minnesota (2), then the U.S. (3), then Costa Rica (4). After receiving this letter, we have now been approved for the first three! Woohoo! Once we've been approved in all of these areas, we will be ready to be officially matched with C & J.
Our next step is to submit all necessary documents to Costa Rica (this is called a dossier). We should be able to submit the dossier fairly soon.
In short, this letter arriving means we are closer than we expected. God is good, and we appreciate greatly this sweet blessing at Christmas.
May the love and peace of Jesus Christ our Savior, whose birth we celebrate in this season, fill your hearts and minds. And may we all reflect on the incredible blessing and beauty of Emmanuel, of God choosing to be with us.