We welcomed our second daughter, Selah, into the world right on her due date, which occurs only 5% of the time according to a quick Google search. Selah is truly is a gift to our family. She is so sweet and peaceful and brings such joy into our lives. Eden is adjusting as a big sister and has had some really sweet moments with Selah, which really warms our hearts as parents. It is hard to believe that our 2+ month paternity/annual leave is coming to end in just a couple weeks! We are very much looking forward to joining our community back in Haiti. Haiti is home and despite the continued political instability that has invaded our own neighborhood, we are planning on going back as scheduled unless we sense the Lord leading us otherwise.
There is one thing that could potentially hold up our current travel plans – Selah’s passport. We applied for her passport just over 6 weeks ago and paid the expedited passport fee, which is supposed to have a 4-6 week turnaround time. We submitted the passport application prior to receiving Selah’s social security card,p=p which may have caused another delay, since we had to send it in by mail at a later date and it just arrived on March 30. I’m not sure if that resets the 4-6 week clock to March 30 – I hope not! It was supposed to arrive earlier, but USPS seems to be slower than usual, possibly due to COVID.
In any case, not having the passport in hand makes our travel in less than 2 weeks less than certain. It’s possible to get a passport expedited even more by making an appointment at a Passport Agency or Center, but slots are extremely limited and currently the online scheduling portal says, “No appointments are available due to limited capacity. Please contact us for help”. When I tried calling the number listed, I was told that our only option at this point is to try to check for cancellations at the nearby Passport Agencies and hope to secure an appointment. Or hopefully it just arrives in the mail before we need to travel.
Like many things in life, this is out of our hands. But thankfully, it’s still in God’s. This morning, I read the following quote in the Desire of Ages, which brought me peace regarding the timing of Selah’s passport:
“But like the stars in the vast circuit of their appointed path, God’s purposes know no haste and no delay” – The Desire of Ages 32.1
God’s timing is always perfect. We have experienced this multiple times in our lives and this is yet another time when we need to surrender to His timing once again. Whatever happens, we can rest in the fact that He is in control and He is taking care of us, making sure that whatever is for our eternal good, He will accomplish in His time. We are looking forward to seeing how he leads us in the next couple weeks!