This little beauty is now officially a "Thieszen"!
Feel free to join in our celebrations today however you want to--we are praising God, dancing, jumping into each others' arms, kissing each other, hugging each other, crying, thanking God over and over and over...you get the picture. We are HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY!
Now, what exactly does this mean as far as process? Well, in layman's terms MOI is the last large step on the Haitian end of the process. Our entire dossier and all paperwork gathered on the Haitian side needs one last stamp of approval in order for Nora to be granted a passport. This "stamp" sounds easy enough to get, but it is just the same as all other parts of this process...very unpredictable. I have seen families miraculously get through this stage in 2 weeks time, more typically 4-6 weeks of time, and as long as months upon months upon months of time. The families in our orphanage who are currently in MOI have unfortunately been held up there for too long. We have no idea how long it will take for our paperwork to come through. When it does, it will then head on over to passports, which hopefully will not take more than a few weeks to get. After Nora has her passport, we will then enter USCIS (US Immigration). The current time frame for USCIS has been running about 4-6 weeks as well from entering to take home date! So, yes, we still have several more months to go, but IT IS COMING!!!! Please continue praying for our process and paperwork to get through these last steps with no more major hold-ups. Hopefully soon we will not just have an official "Thieszen" but a "Thieszen" who is HOME with the rest of us...Praise the Lord!