Its funny how now that Natasha is leaving we keep getting comments about how we are the next to go home. Um...yeah....we are next b/c we are the only ones left. For the first time since we arrived, we are not connected with any families that are also adopting. Its just us. We still know some people in Uganda but we are the only ones waiting. I know I keep writing about how hopeful we are but I have to be honest and say that tomorrow will be a breaking point for me if we don't get our ruling. At least if we get it tomorrow we have a chance at getting a Visa appointment next week. If we don't... I don't even want to think about it. Nathan is barely hanging on too. Today he had a heated conversation with our social worker on the phone. She keeps saying, "I know how you feel," when in reality she has NO IDEA! She confessed they haven't been working on our case today b/c they have a big meeting tomorrow to prepare for which really set us off. (Does that mean we will be ignored tomorrow too?!?!) She keeps getting frustrated with us b/c we are suggesting ways we could try to speed up the process or put some pressure on but culturally its not acceptable to do that. They are more afraid of bothering someone than they are in expecting people to follow through with what they said they would do. We are at the point where we don't care if people like us, we want them to do their job and send us home. We aren't being mean just tenacious and proactive. So we really need our paperwork tomorrow to carry our hope through the weekend. Please pray LOUDLY and OFTEN for this.
We received word yesterday that there will be a "changing of the guards" at our house next weekend and I really want my mom and step dad to still be there when we get home! After the 13th Nathans mom will return and take over if we don't get back. If my parents aren't there, it is unclear on when they will be able to meet Jaydn in person. I completely understand though- my poor step dad has been home alone for a month and a half off and on with our move and being in Uganda. Our moms have bent over backwards to help cover bases for us at home with 2 of our kids and we know this waiting and not knowing is exhausting for them too. Please pray for them as well.
Thank you again for all your encouragements and prayers. I imagine my daily rambles are getting boring after awhile so if you are still reading along, I appreciate your perseverance! I look forward to the day when all I have to write is WE ARE HOME! I picture all of you putting up the Christmas decor, working in the office, taking the kids to school and life going on as normal as we sit, wait and wait some more. There is no normal here. We long for the mundane routine and busyness of a daily life that we so often took for granted. I can't wait to plop on the couch and complain about being a stay at home mom with 3 kids (2 of which are in their terrible two's and girls no less). I look forward to arguing with Nathan about how he never does the dishes and makes me tea like he did in Africa. I anxiously await catching glimpses of my 3 kids playing well together and making each other smile and laugh. I will even take joy in the moments they are at each others throats and I have to separate them into 3 different rooms of the house.