Sunday, April 27, 2014

THANK YOU!


The process is still moving along and there's good news!

By God's grace and awesome provision, He's used some dear friends and family to help raise our support from $0 to $2,469. It's been so incredible to watch God use friends and loved ones to help us bring our little one home. 

As we gather our documents for our dossier we'll need to send $7,500 to Haiti with our documents for our first portion of funds due. That means we only need $5,031 more to send our documents to get matched with our child. We're praying and praying that we'll be able to send that first large amount mid-May or early June. The wait to bring our child home doesn't start until our dossier is in Haiti. Would you pray about joining us in this step of faith? Whether by prayer or financially? We know it takes a village to bring a little one home and we'd love for you to be a part of the journey. The other $7,500 is due when our paperwork exits IBESR (IBESR is Haitian Social Services. They have social workers that study your dossier to see whether you meet their requirements to adopt a child.) That could take quite a few months so we're just praying for the first half. We trust in God's gracious timing!

We're are also in the process of having t-shirts to sell! Stay tuned for that! :)

We are so thankful for your prayers and support!

This morning this song came on the pandora station as the kids were playing and I was making dinner. Love a good worship song like this. 




Tuesday, April 15, 2014

home study complete!

Our final home study visit came and after a busy morning deep cleaning the house (I read so many things that said the social worker isn't looking for a CLEAN house, but a safe one, but it was all I could do ;) The kids were asleep, coffee was on and we waited for our visitor.

She arrived right on time and it didn't take us long to connect that we knew the same people; in fact, she is the social worker for some of our dear friends who recently adopted, as well as a believer. What are the chances? We were both speechless after she left; amazed at how God brings people together.

The time went well and now we're just finalizing documents and finalizing the home study. I can't believe it's already finished. We're only a little halfway through with our document-gathering (we are still gathering documents for our dossier) but we hope to be done by mid-May! That's our prayer, at least. Our kiddos have recently been boycotting their long naps which has taken some adjusting to, but so it goes.

Also, I had a friend ask if she could follow the blog through email updates. If you look to the left there's a place to put in your email. Every time there's a new post you'll get an email. We'd love for you to join us on this journey and we couldn't do it with your prayers and support. We are also stepping out financially, trusting in Jesus to provide. If you feel led to donate feel free to click on the Adopt Together tab on the left. We just received our first donation and it encouraged us to our very core. Thank you for encouraging us and coming alongside us. It will take a village to raise this little one and we're so thankful for family and friends, near and far, who are willing to step out onto the water with us as we bring our little one home. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

home study visit

Tomorrow is our home visit with our case worker.
I've spent most of the day cleaning and de-cluttering in effort to keep our nerves calm as we are interviewed and evaluated and the kiddos are met and written about.
No pressure, right? ;)


While I dusted and picked through broken books and toys they kiddos played incredibly well together. They pretended and chased and danced around the room. They ate bagels with nutella and read books and even helped a bit.



We're nearing the end of the home study portion of this journey. It's gone relatively well and we've learned so very much about adoption and what to expect. We know it won't be easy or pain-free, but what good thing happens without any pain or work involved? We're all in, every ounce of us. We know God is faithful and whatever may come in the future, we trust in Him and His timing.

I just had a chat with my brother about the process and about what took us to the decision to adopt. I found myself holding back tears as I expressed my heart (with him, I hold very little back. Part of the joy of siblings) and desire to adopt. I poured out how we could say no, we could ignore the tug on our hearts to bring a child into our home; one without a mommy or daddy, one that left could potentially fall into the system (or lack thereof in Haiti.) but I can't ignore that tug. To the average American it may seem silly to take a step like this. The way our family stands right now we could live the "American dream." We could plan fun summer vacations to the beach and pour every penny into our two children to ensure they would have wonderful opportunities and get the very best future. We could do that for them. But we don't want to (sorry, kids) We can't ignore the tug on our hearts to leave that desire behind (because, really, it won't fulfill.) and choose to change our family dynamic and culture and adopt a little one into our family in the very same way we were adopted by Jesus. If we're called to deny everything to follow Christ, then what would hold us back? I used to think that meant full time overseas missions work, but that might not have been what Jesus had for us (yet) but this, this is. And we're willing to take the risk, even if that means that "typical American dream" life is forgotten and left behind. It's worth it. They're worth it. Our little one, wherever she is, is worth it. And we're going to chase this call and see where Jesus takes us.

I'm nearly finished with a book called Adopted For Life by Russell D Moore. It's been such an eye opener for me and really revealed God's heart for adoption and how we're really not that different than those children who lacked attachment when they were born and perhaps spent those first crucial developmental years in an orphanage rather than sleeping next to their mommy's and daddy's. Before Jesus we were also alone and without attachment and He still chose us and accepted us just as His own.

So, all that to say, if you think of it. Could you pray with us for our home study visit tomorrow?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

adoption courses

Last Friday we had an awesome babysitter stay with our kiddos while we headed to John's office for the day. We needed to get started on our 7 hours of adoption courses in order to complete our home study. By God's grace we were able to finish it barely by 5pm! It was a fun day spent together as well as chance to learn so much more about the adoption process and the hurdles and trials that we are mostly likely to face. For me, it helped solidify why we were doing this and drew our hearts together even further in this process. One step further and so many more to go. We also just got word that we're going to have our final interview with our case worker next Friday! I have my doctors appointment tomorrow for blood work.

One step closer!