We just got bad news about our case. The paralegal went this morning to get the birth certificate. It wasn't ready. As the woman who handles this was reviewing it, she decided that she would require that we go through Central Renap after all. Central Renap only accepts files on Tuesdays. Last I checked, it is Wednesday. We missed it by a day.
We will have to wait till next Tuesday to even submit our file to get the birth certificate and it will probably take a week or two from next Tuesday to get it because everything will be closed for the holidays. Not only will we miss Christmas, it looks like Daniel won't be home till mid-January and Brad and I will continue to switch off.
We have no plan B. We can't afford 4 airline tickets for me and our three to fly to Guatemala for Christmas and I don't even know if there's a flight left with 4 seats on it (a ticket right now is running about $1200 each for a direct flight). We can't afford to keep living in a hotel room for another month. Not only will Daniel (and Brad) miss Christmas, months ago we booked a trip to Disney World from Dec. 28 to Jan. 4 and Daniel (and most likely me) will miss that, too. (The girls are in a Christian cheer competition program and the finals are in Orlando. They've worked so hard to get there and this is not a trip that can be postponed.) Daniel is just so excited about Christmas and going to Disney World, I just don't know how we'll tell him. I just don't know what to do.
Brad is going with our attorney to get our stuff from the Chimaltenango Renap with the hope of getting to Central before it closes at 4:00 their time. They will beg to just have it accepted today but it will take at least a week to get it done, then we still have to get the passport, submit our final docs and wait for a Visa appointment.
I've said it before that in the grand scheme of things, this is so small. We are so tremendously blessed. We have weathered much worse. There are many who have lost loved ones and are grieving this Christmas and others who have critically ill children who may not even make it to next Christmas. Please Lord, help me to remember that this is nothing . . . just right now it seems like everything.
I'm crying too hard to even type at this point so I'll stop.
Thanks for your continued prayers and love.