You know how you can be cruising along and in your own happy place when out of nowhere comes this seemingly small yet amazingly effective speedbump? It’s the kind that looks like a molehill but acts like Mt. Fuji? That is where I feel like we are.
Our homestudy must be completed by April 7th. If it is not completed on that date, we have to start over with the homestudy from the beginning. Part of the homestudy is our criminal background checks. We sent them in October of last year. We received Rob’s clearance letter last week. That’s a long time. I figured mine would come a few days later. It never came. I never got any kind of notification saying what, if anything, was right or wrong. I logged on today and from that moment, the last 2 hours have been a whirlwind of phone calls and panic. My fingerprints had been labeled “Unclassifiable” TWICE. In other words, I couldn’t be identified by my fingerprints by the FBI (insert witty comments about my shady self here). What was even more frustrating was that the company that processed the prints had known since February 7th but never told me!
If it took from October to February for the prints to clear, we obviously do not have that kind of time. I need every person who is willing to pray right now that we can get the fingerprints done THIS AFTERNOON, overnighted to DHR’s processing center and cleared before April 7th. As soon as Hayes wakes up from her nap we’ll be making a drive to a couple of places in hopes of finding a fingerprinting miracle.
I am trying to calm down and move out of panic mode. It’s hard. Everything has been ridiculously smooth sailing up to this point. All I can do is keep repeating Psalm 121
1 I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth!
3 He will not let you stumble;
the one who watches over you will not slumber.
4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps.
5 The LORD himself watches over you!
The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade.
6 The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon at night.
7 The LORD keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life.
8 The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go,
both now and forever.