We have finally received our USCIS approval!!! Even though we've been on a wait list, we technically have not been considered "paper ready." Meaning, if a referral had come through for us, we would not have been selected because we were still waiting on USCIS. Now, when it's time, we will be ready and ripe for a referral.
We also found out that the Adoption Tax Credit has been extended until the end of 2011. This credit will be a big financial help with our adoption but cannot be claimed until the kids are home. It had been set to expire December 31, 2010 which would have really put us in a race against time so to speak. We were afraid our adoption may not be finalized by then, which would have meant, no credit for us. So, now we just have to hope the kids are home by December 31, 2011.
There is an important meeting this week concerning the orphanages on hold in the Oromia region. Please join us in prayer for them to be re-opened! God's been teaching us a lot about trusting in Him. It so often seems the harder we try to trust the more we make a mess of things. Our prayer has become the song, Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus. There's especially one line that has been such a comfort.
Oh for grace to trust Him more...Oh for grace to trust Him more...Oh for grace to trust Him more...
His grace...not by our strength or striving...but through His grace!