Today was suppossed to be a great day. I was going to get visas for
my daughters to come home today. But the Lord had different plans.
We went to the embassy today with the court order and the birth
parents of the girls. We also took all of the needed documents. Our
Embassy appointment in Russia took less than an hour. So around hour
number 5 Chad and I new something was not right. The consular at the
embassy is new. She is being very strict. There was confusion
in the paperwork about the girls birthdate. They had recorded 2
different dates as their birthdate. From my understanding this is
common in this country. Often people don't know their exact
birthdates as they are not born in hospitals. Record keeping is poor
at its best. The consular did not like the descrepancy in the dates.
Therefore, she would not issue the visas. She said this raises a red
flag on our case. The embassy is undergoing what they call a fraud
investigation. She said that she needs to investigate if we have
obtained the girls based on fraud.
Chad and I sat in her office and both cried our eyes out. Then she
said that the embassy is small and has a small staff. However they
make adoption cases a priority. She followed this with saying that
best case scenario we would be issued visas in a month.
We are currently scurrying around trying to decide what we are going
to do. Does Chad come home and go back to work? Who stays in Uganda?
How are we going to fund this? What do we do? The only thing I know
is that I am not leaving my girls.
We need a lot of prayers sent our way. This is a very difficult time
for us. I know the end result will be well worth it but we are ready
to come home. I have to keep my faith that the Lord has put me here
for a reason. I don't know that reason but maybe one day I will make
sense of it.