During the 15 1/2 months we waited for our match after entering IBESR, the intensity slowly built.
After we passed the one-year mark, the intensity built faster as the time grew short for Eli to be able to attend our socialization visit with us before college.
Those last days before the match were very hard and most of my waking hours, I brought our adoption before the Lord, as the remaining weeks turned into days.
My sporadic journaling shows just three days before our match, that my emotions were intense as I asked the Lord to help me, to let go of my plans and 'to be delivered from the "what ifs"' begging for His will not mine. I asked that He help me be thankful. That entry ends with 'I will provide, yes Lord.'
This time the intensity hit in a moment. We are very thankful for a few hours with F and the information we learned during our recent visit. We are indebted to the folks pouring love into his life, caring for him physically, spiritually, and mentally.
Nevertheless, he's hurting. Change and transition are hard on all people even when we understand a bit of 'whys', but harder for a child I think.
I'm tired from the transitions in our lives this summer, but ready in mind/body/spirit to start to transition F to our family.
IBESR workers have been working on an issue with wording 'simple vs. plenary' All Blessings International in Haiti explains if you want more information.
This did not directly involve our case other than using up work time from the IBESR staff.
We did get a chance to talk with the adoption worker from the crèche face-to-face. He told us we did get our approval after our socialization visit.
Now our records need to be looked at and signed by five people, the last being director Mme. Arielle Villedrouin.
We do not know if any of the five have signed our file. We do know that Mme. Villedrouin took a vacation month in August.
So without August, our count to exit IBESR after our socialization visit is at four months [total time in IBESR at 21 months].
Thankful for staff checking regularly on our chart at IBESR.
Thankful for the knowledge that when we enter courts, it will be in the North, not PAP and should be a much faster step.
Thankful for all the people praying.
Please join us in intensely praying for the thousands of cases in IBESR.
That the Lord will intercede on each child's behalf, and protect them during the wait.
Please pray specifically for F as well.