Thursday, November 1, 2007
Well yesterday was a wonderful day for us. We have been trying to get a lady on the phone from the USA Consulate in Frankfurt. She is the lady who holds our paperwork to adopt Alaina and we haven't been able to find out anything about it. When we call the phone goes straight to voice mail where we are informed that she isn't accepting voice mail. Nothing was working. So, we found a way to make an appointment with an immigration officer at the consulate. We were hoping to at least find out something. The only thing we knew for sure was that they had managed to charge us the fee for processing because we saw it on our credit card. So up we got at 0430 and left by 0500. A long trip to Frankfurt and a long wait outside in the cold. Do you know that they wont even allow you to take a chapstick into the consulate? I never knew chapstick to be harmful. Then of course they argued with me about taking my epi-pen in. lol They tried to assure me that they would be there in seconds if anything should happen to me. Well anyway I won the argument and a good thing to because it would have taken them some time to find me where we went. Anyway, we finally got to see an immigration officer. We explained why we were there and he left. A few minutes later a lady showed up and asked if she could help us. We asked if she was Ms. _______ and she said, "No. Would you like to talk to her?" lol we both replied simultaneously, "Can we?!!" The waiting room erupted in laughter. lol guess we were too cute. Anyway she went and then there she was. Ms. _____. In the flesh. She was so pleasant and (I'm telling you God was working here) she adjudicated our case on the spot. Going so far as to fed ex our packet to the embassy in Guatemala City and give us the tracking number. She also sent a visa cable to let them know. How about that! We were jumping for joy. There is no telling how long our papers might have sat on her desk for her to get around to working on them. It was sooooooooooooooo worth the trip. So now they can start working on the Guatemalan side. Praise the Lord!