The best friends are those you can completely be yourself with and they love you just as you are. Who celebrate good with you and support & encourage you when it’s not.
Reminded today how thankful I am and blessed to have friends like that in my life…
I haven’t posted for awhile about our sweet Lyla girl because the updates continue to be incredibly painful. Our adoption is complete and she is acknowledged as our daughter in both the Congo and here in the US, but we remain unable to bring her home.
You may recall that in September 2013, “the Congolese Ministry of Interior and Security, General Direction of Migration (Direction Generale d’Immigration, DGM) informed the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa that effective September 25, 2013, the DGM suspended issuance of exit permits to adopted Congolese children seeking to depart the country with their adoptive parents. The DGM reports the suspension will last up to 12 months. This suspension is due to concerns over reports that children adopted from the Democratic Republic of the Congo may be either abused by adoptive families or adopted by a second set of parents once in their receiving countries.”
In November & December we battled against case-specific problems and thankfully overcame those, finally receiving her finalized paperwork declaring her as ours.
In February, the Department of State became involved on behalf of all DRC adoptive families and along with many other countries, met and pled with DRC officials, but to no avail. The DGM in the DRC remains firm that the suspension will last AT LEAST 12 months, if not longer, in order to complete their investigation.
Our daughter is officially stuck in country. Meanwhile, she is struggling with an array of illnesses and residing in orphanage care. At last report, she was diagnosed with malaria, an ear infection, pneumonia, and parasites. We LONG to be with her with every fiber of our being. We’re working behind the scenes with a large group of other visa-ready families and will keep you posted on advocacy efforts you can become involved in with us, if you would like. We’re praying about our next steps and if we should travel to care for her in-country.
HERE is an article that succinctly but emotionally explains the current situation–well worth the read.
Please, please continue to pray with us for our daughter and for us to be able to bring her home soon. And stay tuned! By next week I will have two opportunities for you to become involved!–a video about our family featured by Give1Save1 for you to watch and share with others, and a form letter you can personalize & sign to mail to your representatives/senators. Thank you all for your support and prayers in this difficult situation.
Happy Monday everyone!
Monday–carrot potato soup & salad
What are you cooking this week? Any family favorites to recommend?
pictures I took from my phone as I ran along the beach this afternoon My favorite is the first one…