Well - we found out today that Grace has been cleared through USCIS (immigration)!! This means that the US has declared her to be a legal orphan and they have approved her to come into our country and will be a US citizen!! We are so thrilled! This is the completion of a HUGE step in this adoption! Praise God!! I have been so worried about this particular step but God really convicted me yesterday during our church service to just give it all to him...holding onto this fear of things not turning out right with this adoption was hurting my communion with Him. Grace is first and foremost His daughter and He has her future under control. I am taking on a worry that is not mine to have...God has her under His protection. Wouldn't you know that God's timing in perfect and we got word TODAY that she has been cleared...after I finally released my fear and gave it to Him.
What comes next??? Well, the next step in this adoption puzzle is for Grace's clearance to go to the NVC (National Visa Center) where she gets registered in the computer. Once she is registered they send me a letter in the mail which usually takes a week to receive. Then when we receive that letter we email it to our agency and they then email it to their facilitator in Guangzhou, China. Once she gets the emailed letter she takes it to the US Embassy in Guangzhou and they work on getting her Visa completed. Once we have word that this step is done I will update again and inform everyone about the next step. Oh they joy of adoption red tape!! It will all be worth it once she is in our arms!!