And then it actually happened, we got to finally be with Ariel. Words can't describe the joy and relief it was to be by his side again. How amazing and special it was to be able to hand him his baby after all these weeks. He just kept staring at him and watching him and smiling. I loved watching Ariel watch Josiah.
We stayed in Santo Domingo for the night, as it's about 4 hours away from where we live in Puerto Plata, but it worked out well because we were able to go to the U.S. Consulate for Ariel's visa. He had an open appointment from the last time he was there, so we went first thing the next morning. After waiting for 3 hours, we were both called into a little booth. I was so nervous at this point as this was going to decide so much for us. We lasted about 30 seconds in there, which included maybe 5 questions, and the visa was approved. Finally. We would be together in the States after all. I was beginning to doubt it! From there we jumped on the bus to Puerto Plata with so much to be thankful for.