Honestly, that's what this journey feels like. Good news! Yay! Set back. Bummer. Shortened time frame! Yay! Another set back. You get the picture.
We were so excited to hear that our matching time frame may be shorter then expected, and we rushed to complete all of our Home Study paperwork to get it in as soon as possible. All we have left to do for our Home Study is our medical exams, then we can turn in all of our paperwork! Yay!! However, we found out today that the state of Colorado is updating their system for background checks. This has put them extremely behind, and the turn around for background checks is now 14-15 weeks. What this means for us is that our background check for Colorado won't get back to our agency for another 8-9 weeks. We can't proceed with interviews until that is back, which means we won't be Home Study approved for another three months.
Honestly, this delay was hard to take. However, I know that God is fully in control. I know that every delay, as well as every advancement, is taking us to the perfect little girl for our family. This is all a part of our journey. This delay will also give us more time to collect the money we still need for our Dossier and Immigration paperwork. Blessings in disguise. :-)
So here's an update on the latest FUNdraiser we have going! We are currently collecting names for the back of an adorable puzzle we are going to put together and hang in Ezra room. For every $2 donation toward our adoption, your name goes on the back of one puzzle piece. The puzzle is a 1000 piece puzzle, and we currently have 220 names to put on the back!! I can't wait to see it all put together! There's still time to get your name on some puzzle pieces, so if you were wanting in on this one, you still can!
There are no words to express how much we appreciate each and every one of you. From financial help, to prayers prayed on our behalf, to emails, to notes on Facebook, to questions when you see us, you all are SUCH an encouragement to us! This journey is made so much easier with you. Thank you for all that you are, have done, and are doing to help us bring Ezra home.