Best. Day. Ever!

Yesterday was the best day ever…

Which is surprising because just 3-4 days before, we began taking steps to fight for our adoption through legal and political arenas. I mean we were fired up. We hired a private investigator in Ethiopia to search for our son’s biological parents...

We wrote letters to both of our U.S. Senators’ offices to make inquiries on our behalf…

A friend of ours contacted her Senator in another state to see if they would intercede on our behalf…

We even made an appointment with an adoption-immigration lawyer to help us navigate the perceived mess we were in.

And my wife, Jaclyn, posted on social media a plea for prayer.

Just when we were preparing for the worst, God happened.

At the encouragement of a friend, Jaclyn called our case officer at USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) to check on our case because the last we heard our case (among many others) had been referred up the chain of command to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for legal consultation.

But it was almost as if our case officer was expecting our call. She said, “Oh yeah, I think I just approved your case.” As you can imagine Jaclyn became a hot mess right then and there.

“Let me check,” the case officer says.

Officer: “How do you spell your name?”

Jaclyn: “J-A-C-L-Y-N…”

I don’t think she finished spelling her name before the file had been found…

…Stamped with an approval.

Jaclyn: “Are you serious?”

Officer: “Yes, I sent it to my supervisor this morning for her approval.”

So yesterday was the best day ever because for the first time in nearly four years we’re approaching the finish line to this chapter in our journey together.

Very soon a new chapter will begin.

Best. Day. Ever!

(There’s an interesting side note to all of this. While Jaclyn was speaking to our case officer, an internet tech was working fixing our internet listening in on what was happening. The poor dude never saw it comin’ and he probably wondered why the freaky lady was a sobby, sappy mess. He did say if we had any other problems he’d be “happy” to come back, but I’m not so sure.)