We have been working hard racing to get to Laina as soon as possible so we can bring her home to get the heart surgery she so badly needs. Our dossier is done, with the exception of the i171H-the only document we cannot complete ourselves. It is a waiting game. Our officer has been God-sent...there's no other way to say it. She emailed me a couple days ago letting me know our fingerprints were scheduled for September 8th and we should get our notice by Monday and then we could walk in and get our print. Well as of today we had still not received our fingerprint notice, but knew it was on the way, so we decided to chance it and drive to Buffalo and see if we could get in. I was a nervous wreck! We decided at the last minute to take Zoya because let's face it, she's cute and who can say no to her? Apparently the mean fingerprint lady can! I didn't even finish my sentence and she had told me she couldn't help me that I'd have to go to the window. So there I sat with the nicest woman ever who sent me to another window and what do you know? She handed over permission to get our fingerprints done right then and there!!! A small miracle! Grumpy fingerprint lady changed her tune and was all of a sudden very nice....I was jumping up and down with excitement! What had taken a month with Zoya's adoption took just over a week! We had to wait for the rest of the waiting room to get their prints done before us since they had appointments and we didn't but heck we would have waited ALLL DAY!
Here is where the REAL miracle happened....I got in the car and emailed our officer from my phone telling her we had our prints done. She replied that she would look for them Monday as prints typically take 48-72 hours to clear. 15 minutes later I got another email and this is what I read with tears in my eyes...
"Sarah, God is looking out for you and that cute little girl who needs you! I happened to check the system for your fingerprint results while I was in pulling up some other ones and low-and-behold there they were! I am ready to fax your approval to Shawn so let him know its coming or let me know if you need me to wait or send it somewhere else. Normally it does take about 48-72 hours and I’ve even seen it take up to a week but somehow yours came back extremely fast."
Less than AN HOUR after we got fingerprinted we were already cleared in the system!!! Unheard of! Never happens!!! I wrote HERE about how our USCIS approval took 2 months with Zoya and we were hoping and praying for 2 WEEKS for this adoption....well God is good and I have in my (well Shawn's) hands our I-171H approval....just TEN DAYS after mailing in our application...so much for our two week prayer...God blew that one out of the water!!!!
Praising God for this miracle and the people he put in our path to help get our approval so quickly! Hallelujah!!!