Friday, September 11, 2009


Today was supposed to be a pleasant visit to the US Consulate office to process our visas. We arrived at 10a and did not leave until after 4p. In between that time we ran (literally, down a street with our babies) twice to the passport office, did a whole lot of begging, bargaining and praying, and were blessed by some miracles in the shape of Rwandan passport workers. At the end of the day, Etienne has a new birthday (11/24), Moses has his second passport in a day, and all 5 kids have their visa papers for next week. Whew! I won't go into any more details other than to say that the US needs to reconstruct the whole international adoption process and I am very grateful for the generosity of Rwandans. The kids were (are) awesome and behaved so well in a borinig office all day. We are learning that Etienne needs a lot of TLC and is so, so physically strong. And Zeke said his first English word today-No! Isn't that typical of an 18 month old?! Sleep update: Much better last night and tonight the newest Higgins boys are already asleep. I did have to physically hold Etienne again, but it took a lot less time for him to calm down. It has only been a couple days, no worries. Molly had ice cream twice today and Blake had a PB and honey sandwich custom made, so their bellies are full. Just another Friday for the Higgins'


  1. All I can say is WOW. Sleep well. Love, Mom

  2. We're praying for a smooth paper chase from here on out!! If by some small chance you do have time at some point, we would love a post on paper work pit falls we can avoid when we (and future adoptive parents) go to pick up our baby! We are not using an agency so any extra pointers are much appreciated!!! God Bless Jen Bill

  3. so crazy that you even had to go to the passport office. in china they just brought it to us. our guide did it all. different agency though.