Friday, July 13, 2007


So yesterday was another big step in the process. Mark, Al and I trekked off to the Grand Rapids branch of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for fingerprints. It went fairly smoothly. So, once it is confirmed we are not convicted ax murderers, we hope that our 171h will be fairly soon forthcoming! That is the document USCIS sends that gives you permission to bring a foreign orphan into the U.S. Abi cannot get a visa without that document.

Oh, and for those of you who have not had their fingerprints taken lately (which I hope is most of our readers - less any of my law school friends since it was part of the fun preparing for the bar exam!) it is a fairly easy process. Everything is digital now so basically they just scan your hands. Pretty neat.

So please keep your fingers crossed that things keep moving smoothly! There was a brief point this week where we thought we had a chance of getting through the courts before they closed. Unfortunately, we didn't quite make it. So, that puts us back to our original plan of getting through (HOPEFULLY) in early to mid-October and traveling in December (!?!?!). Please also pray the rainy season doesn't last extra long this year!!!

=) And thanks to everyone for your well-wishes. We are very excited and it has been great fun to share the process with so many supportive people.