Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Visa Approved!!

Angel here. As we were pulling up to the embassy this morning, I noticed a row of people sitting on the curb out front. One of them was all teeth, smiling from ear to ear. I said, "Matt! She's here! They brought Nia!" She ran to the taxi before we even got out. It was so good to see her smile and hug her tight.

The consular brought us all into a small room, asked a few questions, did a few formalities, and said, "Come back Thursday for her Visa. She's such a pretty girl...looks like her new mommy." Matt and I nearly fell apart right then and there. Almost as if we've finally exhaled after 18 months of holding our breath. She's ours!!!! It's done!!! Nothing to do but pick up the Visa, then we'll fly out on Friday night.

We had to let her go back to the orphanage, but looked her firm in the eyes and said, "We'll come for you on Thursday. Have your things packed." The children for all 3 families interviewing today had traveled since early this morning to come, which meant they missed breakfast. I passed gum 'round to all 8 of them and broke up 2 granola bars. Just like the loaves and fish... God please let this food go farther in their hungry tummies.

Nia doesn't talk much, hardly at all so far. We're hoping she opens up more as time goes by. She has an infectious smile, which speaks volumes. She probably has mixed feelings of being elated to have a family, yet sad to leave friends behind who will probably never have a family. We can't wait to have her here with us, give her a good scrubbing in the shower and feed her til she can't eat any more.

Here's where God took me this morning when I was the only person awake....Nehemiah 4:14 Do not be afraid of them. Put your minds on the Master, great and awesome, and then fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.



Anonymous said...

That is so exciting!!!! I know you can hardly wait for Friday when you get to bring your sweet Nia home. We will be praying for safe travels home.

~Jamie Morgan

Jada said...

I'm so glad for you! That's so awesome!

Missy said...

Praising God with you. Please tell the Sheppards that Levi aka Georgie aka Tealc says hello.
I'll be praying for your trip home,
love, Missy

julie said...

Thank you for sharing your thought, pics and emotions with us. When you said Nia hardly talks at all, it brought me right back to meeting Teddy. He only talked twice....once to tell me who his friends were and then once when I was leaving, he asked me if he could come home with me! I love your pics and updates.....thank you.

Jeff said...


Uncle Jeff & Aunt Brenda

Sara said...

Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! Oh Matt and Angel! Praise God!!! What a valiant fight you have fought!!! She's worth every bit of effort, I know! We are doing the Snoopy Dance over here with you. Thursday, and then Friday, and then Sunday just can NOT come soon enough!


Wendy Robertson said...

Angel and Matt,

We are so happy for you. I was shaking and crying reading about the visa! It is truly a miracle and an amazing act of God after all you and Nia have been through. I called Kevin to tell him the great news. He was overwhelmed as well. We will keep praying. Getting them home always seems like the marathon that you will never finish, but after they are home, the need for prayer is definitely still there.

Love you all,

Kim C said...

Angel & Matt,
We are thrilled to hear that Nia's visa was finally approved. Phew! we cannot begin to imagine the stress you have been under these past months, but the finish line is now in sight. Keep faith that you will be home soon surrounded by your beautiful children. There is nothing like the feeling of completing your family. Nia is an incredible way to complete yours. Now you can focus on your lives together. Like everyone here, we adore you guys and only wish your beautiful family all the love, luck, health and happiness in the world. Sleep well and hurry home.