immigration status–APPROVED!


That would be our I-171 approval in the picture. Just a simple sheet of paper that says we are “able to furnish proper care to an orphan or orphans as defined by Section 101 (b)(1)(F) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.” Our form has been forwarded to the American embassy in Bogota.

So our caseworker emailed this last missing piece to the ICBF review board. We should have the travel invitation and official referral from Colombia tomorrow, hopefully. Wouldn’t it be great to actually receive it by the weekend. That is what we’re hoping for.

What’s next then, you ask? All we have left to do is book our plane tickets and get our travel visas from the Colombian consulate in San Francisco. This could require an in-person request–meaning day trip to SFO. Hopefully not, though. It just depends on the day and the person behind the desk. 🙂

It’s real, it’s really really real! And, thus, the excitement begins.


  1. OH! MY! GOSH! EXCLAMATION POINT! This is fantastic news! The kids are coming home, baby! They’re coming home.

  2. I wasn’t sure whether to scream for joy or cry my eyes out! It was like such a relief to really believe this is all coming true. Your hopes and dreams are becoming a reality. Your Heavenly Father is getting the opportunity to bless you both for your goodness. I was just exstatic when you got your travel date so soon. The heavens were opened and the stars gleamed down on your family, yes family. Now you can say it Rach, “I’m a mom to 4 gorgeous, smart, and active little monkeys (that’s for adam). I still can’t believe it, but reality is just over the next hill. I can hardly wait to climb the mountain with you.

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