We are using the Assistant Stork to courier our passports through for visas at the Kazakhstan Embassy in Washington, DC (and they are really good at what they do, we've used them before) and we are very tight on time to get our visas processed and our passports back in our hands before we leave next Wednesday. "But you have a week!" you exclaim...yes, but the Embassy is closed on Wednesdays, Thursday is the holiday, we don't know if they are open on Friday, and it usually takes 3-4 days to process the visa, not counting travel time.
And today when our application was presented, it was declined.
Yes, you read that right. It seems they have no record of the LaJoy family and our approval. Please don't laugh too hard. You'd think after all the documents of ours they have seen over the years we would be on a first name basis with them. But it appears not. Basically, what has happened is that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kazakhstan has not yet cabled the Embassy to give their approval, even though we have the Letter of Invitation in our hands and with the application.
So, what do we do know?
We wait for our agency to hear back from their coordinator in Kazakhstan and hope that the news is good and we can pull this off in time. It is possible, but not looking good, for us to be on the plane Wednesday.
Basically, it will take a miracle.
Hmmm...but aren't we sort of sitting in the midst of one with all of this anyway? Hasn't this entire adoption been a miracle in and of itself? We may be down, but we are getting up before the count and will continue to wait on another miracle. There is no way I am saying it definitely won't happen, I have learned not to say that to God!
So, the drama continues, regardless of how unwanted it is. Seems we can't escape it, so we might as well have a good attitude about it and see how it all turns out right along with the rest of you! For those of you who have been following us since Kenny's adoption, remember we got our passports one day before the flight? That wasn't good enough, was it? We are going to make this even MORE interesting for you! Hahahaha!
If I don't laugh, I just might cry, so just ignore the gallows humor here.
Sometimes I think if my life weren't lived on the edge of chaos, even though it has been uninvited, I am not sure if it would feel normal. We have asked repeatedly over the years for prayer for our family through it's various escapades. I am not going to ask this time, it seems to be a little over-asked. BUT...should you be so inclined or just have nothing else to pray about or simply are bored, you could send one out for us.
Life sure can be messy.