It just does. Especially that each paper isn't just a paper.
First, you have to get the paper, or write the paper, or earn the paper.
Then you have to get someone else to notarize the paper. So you can say you really did get, write or earn the paper.
After that, you must mail the paper. To the Secretary of State. So they can certify that someone really did notarize the paper that you really did get, write or earn.
Then...onto the Department of State and Embassy to get authentication that someone really did certify that someone really did notarize the paper that you really did get, write or earn.
All the while we wait.
And a little boy waits. Alone.
So, you can see that each paper must be perfect before it heads down this trail. One mistake and the whole process has to start over. And the waiting becomes longer.
We have been working and are making progress. I went to pick up a letter yesterday and when I got home realized it was supposed to be on their letter head--and wasn't. And that their notary expires 'too soon'. i.e. possibly before our entire process will be complete--which won't work. So, I called back asked if they would be kind enough to redo the letter on letterhead--took a lot of explaining. And inquired if they might possibly have another notary. Of course they don't. We have a sweet friend who is willing to go there (with her 4 children!) who can notarize it. I just have to coordinate with their office manager a time the new letter, the author of said letter and she can all be in the same room. Simple. And by the way they close at 11:30 on Fridays. Onto next week for this 1 little paper!!!! Grrr again.
At this point this is doing nothing to delay our process. We are waiting on other things while we work on these little papers, but it is just the frustration and difficulty of it all.
And I know why it happens.
Satan HATES adoption. He will put obstacles, fear, frustration, sickness, ANYTHING in the path of completing something that so closely mirrors what God does for us. Something so beautiful that I can't even talk about it without getting teary eyed. Something that redeems, heals, sets the lonely in families.
So we push past the obstacles. Get, write, earn papers. Organize a meeting of a mom of 4 with someone to sign a letter, get fingerprinted three times, do a homestudy, calculate all of our financial information, read a book, watch webinars, basically WHATEVER IT TAKES.
We won't stop.
We're pressing on little man.