As you may recall, Chance and I are pursuing the adoption of a sweet-faced Bulgarian boy. We're hoping to go visit him during the month of May.
In the meantime, we've been busy collecting paperwork, waiting for approvals, and buying/making gifts.
Last Friday, (before our surprise baby shower) Chance and I had to drive to St. Louis and back to be fingerprinted for our federal background check. This is a requirement as we apply for N.'s visa.
The drive was uneventful, in large part because of our GPS. (Love that we have allowed that "other woman" into our marriage!)
After paying a fortune for parking, we made our way into the federal building. Inside, there was a security guard and metal detector - much like the set up of an airport security check.
This checkpoint should be no big deal, right? We're an innocent couple trying to get fingerprinted before bringing home one of God's children. Right?
Well, not so much.
I can't take Chance anywhere.
Chance was carrying his pocket knife.
The security guard wasn't too amused. He told Chance to "dispose of his weapon."
So what did Chance do? He went outside and hid his knife under a trashcan. Outside of a federal building. In downtown St. Louis. With security cameras everywhere.
Did I mention that I can't take Chance anywhere?!
Thankfully, the rest of the process was harmless. We filled out more paperwork, had our fingers scanned, and shared our adoption stories with three federal employees. We were even able to collect Chance's knife as we left the premises.
Once these fingerprints are approved, we need to gather just a few more documents and we are ready to travel to Bulgaria. We'll spend one week getting to know N. and the people at his orphanage. We'll share gifts with him and assess his speech delay.
Continue praying for us in this process!