I cannot believe it.
You all prayed Tuesday night and we heard from our agency on Wednesday morning that not only had our case been considered, but we had also been granted First Approval!!!
FINALLY!!! That call had been 12.5 months in the making! :)
I had been in Bible Study that morning and when I got out I had a message on my phone (via FB) from a friend. 2 families had received First Approval from the meeting, they were one of them! Yipee! My heart rejoiced for them!
Of course I immediately began checking for missed calls, voicemails, emails - anything! - to see if we were that other family.
My heart sank.
I listened to my daughter chattering away in the backseat as I drove towards home, battling my fragile emotions the entire time.
I finally get ahold of my hubby and just to double check, asked him if he had heard from our agency this morning.
"Why yes I did" came his cautious reply.
"You did!?!? What did they say? Is it bad news?? Why do you sound like that? 2 families received approval, were we one of them?" I blurted out.
"Honey, calm down. It will be ok"
"Ok? It wasn't us was it? Please just tell me! It wasn't us? Was it us? I AM ABOUT TO CRY!"
"It was us. We received Approval."
Aaaaaaaaand then much screaming and happy noises in-sued. Hannah even joined in - not sure she knew why - but we were excited!
Bless my hubby's heart. He wanted to wait to tell me when we were all home together. Great plan. Brilliant plan.
He just didn't know the emotional roller coaster I had been on for the last 7 minutes. ;)
When we got home, there was a group hug/jumping/screaming session. :) Later that evening we went out for ice cream to celebrate.
Happy First Approval Day!!!
Now there may be some of you wondering "great! now what does that mean?"
You are not alone my friend.
This is what it means.***
Paperwork. Waiting. Paperwork. Waiting. Paperwork. Waiting. TRAVEL!!!
Our agency tells us that we should be traveling in 2-4 months.
Woohoo! The time is drawing ever closer!
***For those of you who are curious as to the specifics of the paperwork/timeline - here are the nitty gritty details:
- File the Pre-Travel Visa Packet (I-864) - done and in the mail! -
- Receive Article 16 (2-8 weeks)
- File I-800
- I-800 approval issued in 2-6 weeks.
- Send I-800 approval to Thailand.
- Check to confirm that Thailand has received documents (1 week later)
- receive confirmation numbers. File the DS-260 form.
- Receive approval from Thailand that the I-800 has been received from the Embassy and confirm travel dates.
- Purchase tickets to Thailand!!!