So much can happen in three days! We received all the papers for the home study and agency- another 40 pages to complete. BUT, the most exciting thing is, we also received the dossier papers! With a complete dossier we can petition the DRC for Baby. The agency says as soon as they get these papers they estimate we will know our child in about 3 months- holy cow! It's like being on a roller coaster with butterflies in your stomach. If it is that quick, we could be in the DRC in 6-7 months, yeah!
Now the bad news. The bank told us a few months ago we had a Home Equity Line of Credit to use for financing Baby, that is why we started the process and knew we could do this as responsible adults. Well, today the same bank said the HELOC does not exist, it never did and they don't know why we would have been told that. They also don't do personal loans due to the financial mess the country is in. Unfortunately this means we won't be sending in the papers anytime soon. We don't have enough money to get our baby.
So I write this with light tears in my eyes. The papers are sitting next to me, waiting to be sent in with thousands of dollars we had, but suddenly disappeared. Our baby could die because the bank messed-up and lied to us. Any other country would be open and safe when we save enough hard cash by 2013, but the DRC could close any time. Time changes everything- the best papers, baby within reach (only 3 months away) and then loosing it all...
Now, even if we are sad, don't think we are giving up- the fighting spirit is in full force! We have to save Baby's life. Fundraising, fundraising, fundraising- but we need your help now more than ever (and ask everyone you know to help- the 7-11 worker, your kids teachers, everyone-get the word out!). Thanks for reading, and I will keep you posted about how we will solve this mess.