Hey everybody out there. Thanks for sticking with us. We have a little un-news for you. Un-news is the worst kind of news to get in the adoption process because it means something has happened that has caused nothing to happen, which is zero fun.
We got word about a week ago that the Kazakh embassy has decided not to accept any families from agencies that are not with the Hague Convention. You can read more about it at http://adoption.about.com/od/international/f/whathague.htm, but it is basically a set of guidelines to bring some uniformity and accountability to international adoption.
Our agency has not finished their process of becoming part of the Hague. They say they think it will completed in 2-3 weeks, and have asked us to hang tight until then. So as of right now, the embassy will not accept our dossier from our agency. Which means we wait again. The funny thing in all of this is that Kazakhstan is not even a member of the Hague themselves. But this is the decision they have made and we have to live by it.
Our agency has told us of some alternative options if they are not able to get their Hague stuff pretty soon. We really want to just move forward, but if it comes to that we will have to make some decisions about what we are going to do. Right now, we are going to wait these few weeks to see what they can do. Another wrinkle thrown in is that some of our paperwork could get too old while we are waiting, which would mean more updated before we could even submit our dossier.
This news is hard to get, and it’s very discouraging at times, this being our third major roadblock, but we are still very hopeful and trust the Lord’s timing absolutely. He knows things we don’t about our child and lots of other things. So we are hanging in there and hoping and praying.
Please, please pray that our agency would get everything settled in the next couple of weeks and that we would be allowed to move forward. Pray that all this would move before any more of our paperwork gets too old. Pray that our agency would have favor with the Kazakh embassy and government. Pray for things to begin to speed up. (The slowing down has been rough.) And pray for our patience and faithfulness.
Also pray for our baby. God knows him or her already. Thank you for loving us through this. It is our privilege to walk with you.