When Will the Drama End

We interrupt our regularly scheduled countdown for this update on our fingerprint renewal drama.
Yes, we have four days left before we leave for Ethiopia. This also means we have four days left to get our fingerprint renewal drama resolved. Dave took a turn calling the National Visa Center yesterday and was told they haven’t received our fingerprint renewal yet. Our fingerprints expired on Saturday, so this isn’t good news. I also emailed USCIS for the 3rd time in 3 days and for the 3rd time in 3 days did not get a response to my emails. So, after emailing our Congressman’s office last Friday and getting a “thank you for emailing me” response, I called his office and was able to speak with his immigration specialist. She gave me her email address and asked me to forward all our USCIS approval information to her and she is going to contact them on our behalf to try and find our fingerprints and get them to the National Visa Center.

Last week I was handling the drama okay, but yesterday my body began reacting. I’m not going to go into detail other than to say that my intestines were responding to the stress.
Regardless, we continue to move forward and still plan to leave Saturday. Our tickets are purchased, reservations at the Ethiopia Guest Home made (actually they’ve been changed 3 times because of our Embassy appointment changes), most of the packing has been done, arrangements for doggie care made and most of all we are ready to go get our baby girl and bring her home. So, while we very much want to have this situation resolved before we leave, we will be in Ethiopia an entire week before our Embassy appointment which means we have nine business days before Embassy appointment. Certainly, this can be resolved within nine business days, but please let it be resolved within four.


  1. Take a breath, love! I am getting so excited for you all! Hope all this drama works out ASAP. Praying for safe travels for your family. Can't wait to see Naomi with her family!!!!!

  2. ahh, was just about to leave a comment when i got booted.was trying to post that i'm having deja vu reading your last entry. what would the IA world be without immense drama and giant bumps in the road, sigh? things will work out just fine – praying for you!!we haven't chatted in a while, hope to bump into you again very soon on FB!!

  3. I'm praying hard for your situation! I'm nervous just reading your post. I can't imagine how you must be feeling. Just know you have support coming at you from all over the nation (and Germany- thanks Mel!). =)

  4. Sending positive thoughts your way.I'm sure everything is going to be fine, but I'm sure it is stressful.Just be sure to enjoy yourselves and not to stress too much.Love you guys and you are in my prayers.

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