We had been initially hoping to have this by October of 2012 but did not hear anything...and did not hear anything... Finally, on November 28th we received an email saying that our case would be heard December 19th (December 18th here in the Western World). Woot! A day to hope for! However, in the same email we were told that Thailand had just put in a new requirement that adoptive parents had to be seen by a psychologist, obtaining a letter of good mental health in order for their case to be heard.
Sarah's thought bubble reads: You have got. to. be. kidding. me. This is going to be nearly impossible to do by December 18th.
We had been waiting around since March with all of our paperwork done and in Thailand and we now find out we have to scramble to get this record into our file across the world within 2 weeks. The thought of establishing a relationship with a psychologist within a couple of weeks or even obtaining an appointment with a psychologist within that time-frame is extremely lofty. But not only did we need appointments, we needed the follow-up paperwork completed in letter form and in Thailand. What we really needed some favor of the Lord.
Stressful and a hassle? Yes. But allow me to step outside of my circumstance for a moment with a positive note: Thailand is part of the Hague Adoption Convention, established to ensure that international adoptions that are done out of the participating countries are done with only the best interest of the child. The U.S. as well as about 90 other countries around the world are parties to this convention. This is a great thing helping to prevent trafficking and abuse. However, in order to do this, it of course means higher scrutiny on the adoptive parents...[insert picture of large hour glass and tall pile of paperwork here].
I immediately called the Mental Health Associates office in the city and pleaded our case. Both of their professionals were booked into January, no real surprise. BUT here's the part where God comes in....one of them is a Christian man that is an aquaintance of ours from about a decade ago---he was willing to rearrange and squeeze us in. Micah had his evaluation last week, I had my appointment yesterday and we had the paperwork in our hands last evening.
AMAZING. God had ordained this 10 years ago. But then again, why should we be surprised? Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." I run to God when I am panicked and then remember that nothing catches God by surprise.
This Saturday morning, December 15th, our necessary paperwork is safely in our agency's office ready to be scanned to Thailand Monday morning...meeting the deadline spot-on. Thank you for standing with us in prayer.
Please stand with us in faith the night of December 18th that our case would be approved. Please stand with us in faith for restoration of Peach's entire being: mind, body, and soul.
|We are praising God that she is also standing.|