Still haven't heard from the embassy. It's been 2.5 weeks since our approvals were forwarded to Ghana. A month since they were approved. Seven months since I've seen the children. Twenty months since we started the adoption. I thought for sure this would be the week. Maybe next week...
Just spoke to the National Visa Center to see if my I600 approvals were forwarded to Accra yet. She said yes! They were sent about an hour ago! So, I have emailed the embassy to ask when my visa packet can be picked up! The NVC went way faster than I expected! Yee-ha! (Hey- I'm from SC, I can say that if I want to!)
I think about Ghana alot. I think about all of the people I met. About the things they said to me. There is a beautiful young lady who lives at my children's orphanage. I remember being so alarmed when she told me she was Konto's mother. But soon I realized that one can have many 'mothers' in Ghana. She simply meant that she cares for him. She proudly showed me a small bag of his clothes in her room. She washes them for him. She has such a sweet, quiet spirit. One day she told me, "If I grow up, I will name my baby after you." If..... It was in that moment I realized the magnatude of the dreams I had always been afforded. That is something I will never again take for granted.
We got the I600 aproval letters in the mail yesterday! I am just SO happy to be done with that whole part! Woo-hoo! Wouldn't it be awesome if the kids made it home before the summer is over?! The visa interview dates had been being scheduled two months out. But a few people lately have been given a date within one month! And others have had their dates moved up to July out of the blue! So, I'll let ya know as soon as we hear anyting else! (Insert big cheesy grin here!)
Our I600's were approved on June 29!!! That's what I was told when I called USCIS a few minutes ago! Thank goodness! Hopefully I'll get the approval letter in the mail today. Next I will wait for the embassy in Ghana to get my approval so someone can pickup my 'visa packet'. Then we'll get a visa interview date!