We were so overwhelmed and overjoyed that the parish had responded so enthusiastically! We had the means to bring her home and her file was supposed to come through very soon. But it didn't. God had figured things out way ahead and postponed her file coming through for several months. At the end of October '08, Mark lost his job! Fortunately, our homestudy wasn't finished and we put the adoption temporarily on hold. Thank you Lord for the timing of all of this! We were down mentally, emotionally, and financially, but God said "Be not afraid."
Around the middle of March '09, we were presented the opportunity to buy an established vending business and the SAME week, Julia's file came through to the agency! God is so wonderful and blessed us once again. We started everything up once more and angels here on Earth helped us with several parts of the paperwork. The homestudy was finished so we could apply for the I-800A, and we received approval from USCIS around 40 days later. Paperwork for pre-approval to adopt Julia was sent May 19th and May 26th, we were pre-approved to adopt this precious little soul.
The next big milestone occurred on July 14th when our dossier went to China! I'm am in awe of our God who knows our hearts and moved the hearts of our parish to provide the funds to bring her home. Our parish has at least 4500 in attendance on any given weekend and to know that not only will we be Julia's family, but the whole parish as well. PTL!!! " Our God is an awesome God, He reigns from Heaven and Earth."