I promised to update you on what it means to be submitted, but then we celebrated with brownies and icecream, and I passed out from sugar overload. Ah, just kidding (about the passing out part that is!)... I was busy pulling teeth instead. :) So, let me try to explain. We have spent the last few months preparing a pile of paperwork, officially called a "dossier." This pile of paperwork got sent to Vika's country via a wonderful family, who handed it over to our team in Vika's country to be translated and the submitted.
Once all the documents have been checked for accuracy and translated, they are then submitted to the State Department of Adoption for processing. Once it is successfully submitted there, we will be issued an appointment to come to the capital of Vika's country, receive the officially referral for Vika, so that we can travel to where she is to meet her. So, this was a BIG step in this adoption process, because we are now only about a month away from meeting her and adding one more member to the Koenig family! :) We should receive a travel date within the next two weeks, and from the appointments that other families ahead of us have received, we believe we should have a travel date for the end of May. As soon as I have official news, I will let everyone know. We are rejoicing in God's faithfulness to us throughout this process and how He continues to bless us each step of the way.
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul. Prov. 13:19
On other news, I briefly mentioned before that we were approved for a matching grant of $4000 through a partnership of Promise686 with Lifesong for Orphans. This means that everything that is given to our account through Lifesong will be matched dollar for dollar up to $4000. We are blessed beyond measure! I have posted all the information about where donations can be mailed to on the right side of the blog. We have sent out official support letters with a letter from Lifesong for Orphans. If you have not received one, and would like one, please email me or leave a comment. We are so thankful for this great blessing and for how the Lord has provided for us throughout this journey. Since we were submitted this week, we do have to raise the remaining funds quickly. We would much appreciate your prayers for us that God would burden people's hearts to help us bring Vika home. And look at our thermometer. It is steadily rising! Praise the Lord! Thank you all so much for all your support on this journey!