All in all the weekend was absolutely wonderful. It was especially fun to imagine what future trips to the beach might be like with our little one. Definitely looking forward to that.
When we got back to Birmingham, it was straight back to work. And today...we did the LAST thing we have to do on the paperwork side of the adoption. USCIS biometric fingerprinting. Sounds fancy, doesn't it? Par for the course, I got myself all worked up about it, but the whole process ended up being pretty easy. We just had our fingerprints scanned in, and they were automatically sent off to USCIS. I am not sure if I have explained what USCIS actually is before. So, here goes. The United States Citizen and Immigration Service is the department of the government in charge of letting people into the U.S. and allowing them to become citizens. When you are adopting internationally, you have to file a petition for permission to bring your child into the country. We sent off our application a little while ago, and part of the process includes yet another set of fingerprints (hopefully the last set). So that is what we did today, and we are hoping to get our clearance in the mail soon. Once that happens, we just forward it to Lifeline, and they send it to meet up with our dossier, even if it is already in Ethiopia. :)
Please ignore my sunshine eyes. Adam was smart and put on his shades.
So as of today, we are rested up and finished up. Thank you so much for all of your prayers. You have played such a key role in helping us get to where we are now. And now it is time to rest in God's unwavering goodness and faithfulness.
"Yes, my soul, find rest in God alone. My hope comes from Him." Psalm 62:5