Saturday, April 4, 2009

A journey within a journey...

Here are the details of what has happened over the past 36 hours. It is so clear that GOD has orchestrated EVERY DETAIL. It just makes me smile to think of all of the ways He is handling this whole process.

Adam and I decided to drive our dossier out to Washington, DC to take it to the Department of State and hand deliver it to the Rwandan Embassy. We left at 6pm on Thursday and arrived at our hotel at around 2am on Friday. We slept for a few hours and then went to the Authentications Office a little after 7:30am. We initially went to the wrong building, but a nice security guard helped us find our way! All of our papers were given another official cover sheet and then it was time to head over to the embassy. It was pouring rain and parking spaces are a little hard to come by in DC:) We parked about 3 blocks away and ran- trying not to get too wet! It was now just a little after nine and the door to the embassy was open. When we walked inside all the lights were off, but a man greeted us and asked what we needed. Just as we were answering another gentleman came in from the rain who happened to be Mr. Michael Rukata, the person we were hoping to see!!! He said he had three minutes because of a meeting with the ambassador and asked what he could do for us. We gave him our dossier and informed him that we would return with a pre-paid envelope so he could mail it back when he was finished. He looked it over (we had already sent it there once), and said that he would stamp our documents and have our approval letter ready to pick up by 4:30 THAT DAY!!! This was totally unexpected:)

After our initial trip to the embassy, the rain stopped and the sun came out making for an absolutely gorgeous day. We toured some of the sites and enjoyed the cherry blossom trees, which were in full bloom. When we returned to the embassy, our dossier was finished and we were granted the much needed "No Objection" letter. We left to drive home at around 5pm, hit major DC traffic on our way out, and returned safely home at about 2am this morning. After making copies and bundling everything together, our paperwork is now en-route to Kigali, Rwanda. The Minister of Family and Gender is the next step along the way.

These are some pictures of our "road trip" to DC that I plan to put in the lifebook I am making for our kids!!! We just can't wait to hold them!!!


  1. I am so excited for you both! We serve an amazing God.. who truly cares about every detail of our lives. love you both and praying on the journey

  2. I have goose bumps...I am so thrilled for you guys! Thanks for all the fun to read how God moves on bhealf of his children who are committed to serving Him with obedience! Blessings, blessings....

  3. Katie/Adam,
    Praying for you and your children as you wait and work thru the (totally worth it) steps in this process. I'll be so thrilled to meet your beautiful children in the near future.

  4. that's so amazing you guys! -Jen Van Horn

  5. I can't wait to hold them too!!

  6. Praise God! I am so excited!!! One more step closer!!!!!

  7. Rock on Brother and Sister-in Law! Man that first letter had a lot of grammar errors.... :-)

    Things sure are trucking along for you two - it'll be time to fly out before you know it!

  8. Awesome!! We're driving to Dc on wednesday! keep us in your prayers too and we'll do the same! -jen and bill cropf

  9. Hi. I can't believe what a small world it is. I wish our time in Durango would have overlapped!!!!! Durango and Rwanda. . .not many people can say they have that in common! I cannot wait to follow your journey until you meet your baby!!!

  10. Hello,

    We are thinking about adopting from Rwanda and not using agancy. From your blog is appears you are not usung an agency??

    We could use some help, could you please please email me

    Thanks you,