So here is the latest update. We have been in a holding pattern. Our case mirrors another case, right down to the same witnesses. Before you cry "Foul!" if you were to hear the details...it makes sense. They were sent to USCIS. So we were trying to decide if we wait to see what would happen with them or hire the attorney and make sure our submission was as complete as possible. I believe that we are the first case to hire the attorney proactively.
One of the things we are doing is re-interviewing the witnesses with extremely detailed questions. But it has been almost 2 years. One of the witnesses may have moved, and another is not sure that they want to talk. This morning, is a good example of how it rolls...one email telling us that one of the witnesses does not want to talk to anyone. The next, saying that they have changed their mind and will talk. Then a third saying...the case that we mirror has been cleared, with out an RFE. (An answer to many prayers.) Good news also for us.
Today, I must be particularly fragile. I am tired of the ride. I just want to bring him home. I am so thankful for Kathy, our case worker, my friends who sit and listen to my complaining about the USE (thank you, Katy), and last but not least, my prayer warriors who are storming heaven with prayers. Wow, what would I do without them? So we trudge on, through the muck and mire of international adoption. I can't wait for the metaphorical rain to stop and the rainbow to appear. And stuck in my back pocket for those moments that I get pulled into the flood...and can't remember what I am holding fast to...is this scripture: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 I remind myself that these words are written for Efa, too.
hmm...no, Tom Brady does not ring a bell.
Okay folks, lets get back to business at hand...football.
And then I get a glimpse of the rainbow. Pictures of our boy from Becky and CHI and a text from Emily. Efa is happy outside playing with the big boys.