Yesterday, I made my first trip to Austin to get paperwork apostilled and mailed to Ukraine. I was very nervous. I didn't know what I was doing, where I was going, etc. But, now, I'm a little more knowledgeable....about apostilling in the state of Texas. Don't get excited.
I was up at 5. Good thing I'm a morning person! I got ready, gathered my paperwork and left. I picked up my good friend and former Austin resident, Margaret. We left Houston around 6. She introduced me to the most amazing breakfast burrito place in Giddings. Oh baby, that was a good breakfast. We got into Austin just in time for rush hour traffic, but I wasn't driving, so I was good.
We found the building right off and heading into the Authentication office. I was the only one there! So, no line. Yeah! I sat down and filled out all the needed paperwork. The lady asked me what country and when I told her Ukraine she said that they joke in the office that Russia and Ukraine try to compete to see which country will be the most difficult. Words every adoptive mother wants to hear, right? When we left, there was a line behind me.
|The seal of the state of Texas|
We left the state office and walked the 2 blocks to a UPS office. Again, no line!! Huzzah! I filled out the envelope to mail to Ukraine. I wanted to mail it overnight, but the only available they had was for it to arrive on Wednesday. When he told me the price of $111, I was good with Wednesday! And again, when we left there was a line behind me! Margaret said it was some of the same people from the state office. How funny is that? A couple more orphans who will soon have a family.
After that, I was golden. She asked if I wanted to go to Whole Foods. I told her I we could go anywhere she wanted to go...I didn't care where we went. Plus, she was driving. It was such a relief to have that part done. I wish it was the final part and we were just waiting on a travel date, but one step at a time.
|Sweet Family Time|
|This is Margart's mom making the most amazing enchiladas I have ever had!!|
Saturday, I get an email that the name is "Elisabeth Nicole". So I made another sign.
I read that the immigration office is behind in the paperwork and what used to take 6-8 weeks is now taking 8-12 weeks. They are working evening and weekends trying to get caught up. I am overnighting our application tomorrow. I know that the God of the universe CAN make it so we travel this year. I also know that the same God has a reason for us waiting if that is His will. I don't like the idea of waiting another 3 months. But, I only want His ways and His will. So, we are charging ahead like we are going to get to leave before December. We are preparing our hearts and the children's hearts for not traveling until February.