Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Pumpkin Has Been Smashed. . .

But fortunately I am picking up the pieces and making pumpkin pie. Unfortunately, I was unable to have my exit interview with the consular officer at the Embassy today. Apparently there is a law that states that the Embassy must have at least 24 hours to review all cases before an interview can be given. If we had submitted all of our paperwork to the Embassy yesterday, I could’ve done the interview and applied for the visa today, but unfortunately that was not the case and, because interviews are only given on Tuesdays and Thursday, I must wait until next week. That being said, my interview is scheduled for Tuesday at 2pm and hopefully we will have the visa by Wednesday morning. If all goes smoothly (and it really should), I will be flying back to the US on Thursday morning. The plan at this point is to fly into Dulles late Thursday afternoon and stay with either my father-in-law or mother-in-law on Thursday night. From there I will either fly or drive home on Friday.

Sure I am disappointed. I was really looking forward to seeing my husband and my children and would be lying if I said I was not devastated that this will not be happening as soon as I had hoped. However, I know that all things happen for a reason and have prayed very hard over the past few days that the will of the Lord be done and I am at peace knowing that the Lord has a reason for me to stay. If nothing else I will be able to spend a few more precious days bonding with my son and I know that time will be priceless. There are also two more families from our agency flying into Tashkent on Monday night and I am happy that I will be among (English speaking) friends who understand what this roller coaster ride is all about.

Thank you all for your continued prayers. Your prayers and well wishes have kept me going through this difficult journey and they continue to bear me up!

3 comments:

This IS our life said...

What a great adventure for you and your newest member of your family. Good luck and may God Bless you all.

Natalie Brooks (Natalie Bradford)

Palmer Family said...

Oh Val! My heart is aching for you right now. I too know that Heavenly Father takes care of his kids, and I believe that he will take extra special care of you because you are taking care of one of his extra special kids.--Sarah

Charissa said...

Sounds complicated. Looking forward to seeing reunion pictures, and especially following your Ukraine journey, as you will get to see (and hopefully hold for us) our little one!