I can’t think of many times that I’d be really excited to get mail from the Department of Homeland Security – but this week we were. No, we haven’t been approved for our little guys immigration yet, but, we already received our notice to appear at the local office for our fingerprints.  (For those keeping score, this is our second round of fingerprints in the process, there will be a total of 3 rounds.)  So next week we’ll be heading downtown to take care of that. We are hoping they are processed fairly quickly and we will continue to move forward from there for the completion of our US approval so we can move on towards the Korean translation and approval.  Last week I also finished up the Show Hope (formerly Shaohannah’s Hope) grant and got that mailed off and it was received by the April 30 deadline. It will be at least 90 days before we hear anything.

Now we are working on raising funds.  For this, we are asking for help. Please feel free to get creative!  If you are looking for some ideas on how to support our adoption (or adoptions in general) Check out our earlier post How can you support our adoption (or adoptions in general).  We are also still in need of 7 family or friends willing to let us send their name in to be added to the mailing list for Bethany Christian Services to support their grant program.  Please let us know if you are willing to help us out in this way. Again, it does not mean you are required to donate, but they will send you information about their grant program.  Thank you to all of our Amazon shoppers as well!  April was our biggest month yet, we raised just over $50 in April from friends and family just doing their “regular” Amazon shopping. Thanks! We are also working on a “silent” or Facebook auction – do you know a business that might donate an item or gift card? Are you crafty or creative? We would love some help in tracking down fun items!

Thank you again for all of your prayers and support as we continue to move through this process. We are continuing to pray for an official referral by July and travel by the end of the year.