Relief!!!! We Heard Back!
I was so worried about our Medical and Dental Forms! Peace Corps is VERY specific about what to write, how to write it, where you write it… and because there wasn’t space for a return address I didn’t add one! I should of done it regardless just to put my mind at ease about it getting lost… But thank Goodness we heard from them on October 6th! Yay! They have all of the forms and now our file is once again on hold. We have prepared ourselves for this waiting game, every applicant will tell you this is the toughest part of the application process. They tell you just enough information to get you REALLY excited and then they make you wait for the rest! I guess the most frustrating part is that we have an idea of where we are going but can’t really start to prepare yet for fear that it might change.
For example, I have a theory that we are going to Indonesia or the Philippines. I gathered this theory by looking deep into the Peace Corps Wiki Calendar of Stagings. I found that more times than not each country leaves in the same month. If this stays true then we are going to the Islands!!! Whoop! However, we won’t know for sure and because of that cannot start learning the language or any specifics about the culture, ect. It’s irritating, but only because I am so excited! So I can’t really complain. :o)
Now we just have to be patient. The website says that if we aren’t nominated to leave before the month of January 2012 then we might not even hear back from them until then. Our application is again on hold, we won’t even know if we are medically cleared.
In the meantime, we are still praying and looking into alternatives just in case something were to go astray. Samaritans Purse has sent our application through and we are hoping to hear back from them in the next couple of weeks. Brett is putting a mission trip to Haiti in as a priority. I am a little nervous about this. One of his best friends lives there now and raves about how amazing an experience it is. He feels as though God really has called him there and that we would benefit from taking a visit for a couple weeks to a month. I know we would, I have no doubt about that, but I am more focused on meeting our financial goals here to prepare for over two years without an income. We will just have to wait it out and see… I feel like the last two years have been such a limbo period! I am ready to have a couple of years planned for my future, it would eliminate some stress I do believe :)
Praying for quick responses and some concrete plans to come about soon! I can’t wait!!!