This is my cousin that I ALWAYS looked up to as a little girl. She was just enough older than me that I thought she was like walk-on-water awesome. I remember when she got her driver's license (I was 8) and I could not WAIT to ride with her. I also remember her braiding mine and my cousin, Beth's hair when we went on a huge family vacation to our Aunt's house on the East Coast. So, you are probably thinking "um, back to the fingerprinting, please..."
Here's the thing. We live in the Southwest corner of Missouri, so we planned on being fingerprinted in Kansas City. But, two weeks ago when our appointments came in the mail, it said that we would be fingerprinted in Fort Smith, Arkansas. WHAT?! The appointment was at 9:00 a.m. so we thought we would probably need to stay over night and *guess who* just happens to live 10 miles south of the USCIS office in Fort Smith? You got it, my cousin, Trisha, and her two boys. She graciously let us stay with them last night and we had the best time going out to eat with them and her boyfriend, Jeff, and then going back to her house and hanging out and just visiting. Thanks, Trisha, for having us and thank you, Jesus, for your hand throughout our process!
As far as the actual fingerprinting goes, there isn't much to say. We went, we waited, we were fingerprinted, we came home. Quite easy!
Here we are on our way to be fingerprinted.
The USCIS office of Fort Smith, Arkansas
At this point, we have some documents to correct, some passport photos to have taken, a couple of parenting classes to do, and hopefully we'll be ready to get our dossier State Certified when our 1-171A (Background Check) gets here. Things are really moving....
As always, thanks for praying us through this process...they are protecting us; God's provision is evident!