July 17, 2012 by Kris Parker
No, not that talk.
We had the “student visa” talk with my Latvian Princess this week. It was a conversation that we had to have sooner rather than later to make sure that something could happen this school year. Nervous does not even begin to describe my emotions as we sat down on the couch to talk. After all, she had been here less than a week and we were going to ask her if she would like to stay here for several years.
Things went well, even better than what I would have hoped for. She immediately said that she would like to come here on the student visa. Her one concern that she brought up was the opinion of some of her family in Latvia (long story there). So it was even a bigger relief to us when the phone call to Latvia went exceptionally well and her family that she talked to strongly encouraged her to pursue the student visa, and wished her all the best in her journey.
Now things get crazy for us…
We have numerous things that have to be done, and they have to be done quickly. We have a meeting tomorrow at Covenant Christian Academy for the application process there. Our plan is that she will attend school there, and it will help that there are several people from Latvia that attend there (including several that attend our church).
There is also the issue of money. We are anticipating that it will cost us several thousand dollars to get everything handled between airplane tickets (because she will have to return to Latvia for a short time), lawyer fees, visa fees, school fees, and all the other fees that we may not even know about yet.
This is a step of faith for us because we do not have this money in our account. (The hot, dry summer took a toll on our money tree in the backyard). If you feel so led to help provide a safe, loving home for this beautiful Latvian we’d certainly appreciate it. Without people coming alongside us donating towards our hosting costs over the past year we would not have been able to do it, and the same can be said for our journey towards the student visa.
Yes, we know it seems like we’ve lost our mind. After all we’ll go from four boys six and under to adding a (soon to be) sixteen year old teenage girl. Not to mention the monthly cost of school, and the other things associated with adding a family member (like our power and water bill since she loves to take lengthy showers).
And we probably have. And I think it’s awesome. I wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, take a look in your Bible and see if there’s any question about caring for those who don’t have anyone to care for them. When you have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life you have to take it. No matter the cost. No matter what others might think.
After all, she said Yes.
Brandi and I covet your prayers, and Thank You in advance for helping us make this happen for our Latvian Princess.