It was a VERY long week of running around..From San Diego, to San Marcos, to Temecula and Riverside and then lastly up to Los Angles to have it all apostilled and sent on it's way. I can't believe I actually was able to get it all done :D We lived in our truck last week..well, not really, but that's how it seemed. My kids were wonderful. They were all so helpful to me, and all without complaint. We had lots of time to chat. We talked about having Levi home and how they all are feeling about it. I love listening to them talk about their hearts for him. For this little boy that they already see as their brother. This little boy who we've seemed to know about for so long, but really don't know at all. We've prayed for him daily~he really is already a part of our family. I love that they want him home. That he holds a special place in their hearts. It warms my heart to know theirs is welcoming and waiting for him too.
So we had the same people who've been working with us on this adoption help us out yet again, all of them with willing hearts. Even our local police lieutenant remembered us since we've had so many local police clearance checks :) Thankfully, due to the urging of the Holy Spirit we had our physicals done back in August. So thankful we listened..physicals aren't something that you can get at the drop of a hat. Last time we had to wait a little over a month for an appointment. Whew! Soooo, sooo thankful those were done! Everything else asked for was pretty easy to get..just needed a lot of driving, funds and big thank yous to those who worked with us.
|Walking through the streets of L.A.|
|Many of the buildings up here are just beautiful..this is the entrance to our elevators|
|Waiting patiently for our Apostilled paper work looking out over the streets of L.A.|
|Our golden tickets to Levi ♥|
|My kids appeasing me while killing time before heading back home (a 2 hour trip turned 4 due to traffic)|
|And back to our truck..our home away from home this week :)|
- Clearance letters $17. for each (34. total)
- Paying a traveling notary to meet us at the station $30.00
- Paying for the two letters to be notarized by the lieutenant $20.00
- Paying the Riverside county clerks office to certify that our notary who notarized his signature is an authentic notary in the county of Riverside $30.00
- Paying to have each document apostilled $20.00 per letter ($40. total)
- Oh lets not forget the walk in fee that we have to pay for walking in our documents instead of sending them..$6. each ($12. total)
God is indeed good. His promises are true. And what I've learned is that being obedient isn't always easy, usually isn't convenient, and surely is going to test you. God has been our provider. I can honestly say..I have no idea how this adoption has been paid. All I know is that when we've needed the funds, God has provided. He's used friends, fundraisers, & has helped us clear out our home by encouraging us to sell off of items not needed. Why? Because theirs this little love who needs a family and were it. :D
(♥ U Levi)