Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Tough Day

Today started with promise and anticipation. It has ended quite differently. 

Our Visa Appointment at the Embassy was set for 2:00 p.m. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we arrived at the Embassy was 2:30. It looked very much like weren’t going to see us because of our tardiness, but with some major apologies and the look of shock on Janelle’s face, the assistant we were working with asked us to wait and see what she could do.
So we waited. Moses was super fussy and seemed pretty overheated while we waited. After about 20 minutes, we were called back in.

It was not good news.
  • There were two important pieces of paperwork that had not arrived yet for our interview to take place.
  • There would be no way we could do our interview today.
  • Visa interviews only happen on Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • July 4, Monday is a holiday.
  • The earliest we can come in again for the interview is next Wednesday.
  • If all goes well then, it will take up to 48 hours for our Visa to be issued.
  • Our Flight is set to leave next Thursday Night.
  • The math doesn’t add up.
  • Oh, and as a little added bonus… one of those pieces of paperwork has a chance to not be ready even next week.

As we explained to this amazing assistant (seriously, she was so helpful and gracious) our situation with the timing, she took some steps to see if she could potentially speed up the process to make it more likely the Visa would be issued by next Thursday. No promises, though.

We walked out of the Embassy deflated and defeated. We drove over to the location where one of the missing pieces of paperwork was coming from. We were profusely apologized to and assured it would be sent expeditiously.

As we drove back to the Apartment to break the news to mom and Katylynn, our host here affirmed us to not be discouraged. The Visa can be turned around. We were struggling, but holding on to hope.

Moses had slept in my arms for much of the drive back to the apartment. He was burning up in my arms. We got into the apartment and I broke the news to Mom & Katylynn while Janelle took Moses’ temperature.


We called our host back, and he was showing enough other symptoms that she decided it be best to take him to a Doctor. After 3 hours of tests, examination, and tears (man that kid can cry) we were informed of multiple issues that were coming into play that needed addressing. For the next 48 hours, that little guy is going to not be feeling well as he takes the necessary medicine.

We were planning on going on a 3 day safari to Queen Elizabeth Park tomorrow. The Doctor said we should not do this with how Moses is feeling. This was our big surprise for Katylynn (fortunately we hadn’t told her about it).

And Strike Three. We’re out.

As we sat in the Doctor’s Office, I stared at Janelle and she back at me completely dumfounded. What just happened? I had mentioned in a previous post that everything was going so smoothly that I could see the Enemy throwing a wrench into things, but this was an entire Stanley Tool Shop.

To be completely honest, I haven’t had a more heart-breaking, frustrating, emotional roller coaster of a day since the day my dad died.

So, what now? Well, as some who I've already been in contact with have reminded me...
1 Thesalonians 5:24
The one who calls you is faithful, and HE will do it.

2 Corinthians 4:15-17
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Ephesians 6:12-13
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
We're going to continue to stand.  We are grateful for those who have been standing with us.  Right now we need you to continue to stand.

  • That both reports will make it to the Embassy asap.
  • That Moses' will sleep well and that his little body will heal up quickly.
  • That something miraculous might happen over the next couple of days, and we may see unexpected progress before the weekend.
  • That Katylynn will stay healthy.  She has been a feeding post for mosquitos.  They are not bothering her, but when she gets bitten they turn into massive bumps.  Also pray for her emotionally.  She's having to adjust to having a little brother enter as a toddler as well as deal with Culture Shock.  She's doing so well.
  • That we will keep our eyes on Jesus above all else.
Today started with promise and anticipation. It has ended quite differently.  
It has ended with uncertainty.  

It also ends with 
FAITH in the One who has brought us to this point. 
HOPE that the miraculous may take place, and 
LOVE for a little boy who is, at the end of the day, still our son! 


Denny said...

So sorry to hear this news. I was praying for you several times today and I will keep praying. No cliche's just know that I am praying with and for all of you.

Tracy said...

We are praying!!

blckspdr said...

praying for you guys!

Dawn said...

We will continue to pray as we have been, for Divine intervention, for peace, and for good health for all of you. We love you!
Dawn, Sally, & Carrie

Small Town Girl said...

When it rains, it pours, but God is still God. Last week, we were dealing with a serious neck injury with our son & then my dad had a heart attack. As I spent the good part of the week sitting in different doctor's offices & hospitals while my son & father had many tests & procedures, my fear led to feelings of defeat & frustration. Then I remembered God's promise in I Thessalonians that you put in your post. God is faithful, & HE WILL DO IT! I claim in the name of Jesus that you WILL be on your scheduled flight home with your son in your arms & with an amazing testimony of how God loves to work miracles when we are at our weakest & can't do anything but cry out to Him.

Jeff King family said...

Praying for you all!

sherhoover said...

Woke up this morning with all of you on my mind and in my prayers. Get your strength from God and from the tremendous family of supporters praying for you. I continue praying for you, good events, Moses' health, and Katylynn who seems to have a love and wisdom beyond her years. Love to all.

Rob said...

Kris and I are standing and praying with you all as well. That other way to put it. We'll step up the prayers and remain in the gap with you.

Anonymous said...

I can understand your frustration and disappointment. In adoption it seems there are always things beyond our control. But not HIS. Also, zoom out and look at the big picture. An extra week of craziness is going to seem like nothing compared with the life of joy you are going to have as a family together.

Kerri Warstler

Randy said...

This will just add to "the story" that you'll be able to tell him many years from now. Everyone knows you can't have a good story without some drama.

Here's some encouragement in the form of song:

Karyn said...

I'm sorry to hear this and I'll be praying. Definitely think "big picture" with this one -- some of the best things that happen in our lives are full of rough spots along the way that later dissolve into the background of the glorious picture God has painted. A fever, a delay, and a missed safari will never change the fact that Moses is your son and that you WILL be together and living the rest of your lives as a family.

Anonymous said...

Our God is a BIG God!!! God is bringing you to my mind so much. WE will continue to lift you up in prayer!!!

Anonymous said...

Janelle, when our children are sick they need their mamas arms, comfort and care. Moses receives this for the first time in his life! Next time he doesn't feel well he will remember that his mommy and daddy took care of him. Wow that's huge. Praying for every little thing. By the way he is ADORABLE! Leslie