Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sometimes when I drive, I sing this song as loud as I can.
This is the cry of my heart. The anthem that I sing in those moments of insecurity or unknown or fear or worry. This is the reminder of who Jesus is. 
And the build of the song, I just love it.

The orphanage received our dossier on Saturday and from there, the wait begins.

Now, we start filling out grant applications and we pray about when we could possibly make a trip to Haiti and ways to save up for the tickets. Though the wait is unknown, we feel so thankful to be done with that part of the process. 

Will you pray with us for the next step? Pray with us about when would be a good time to go to Haiti and how to afford those tickets? 

The unknown, for me, is strangely strength building. I know He knows and His timing is perfect.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

documents are finished!

We sent our dossier today! 

Truly could not have done it without a friend's help (until 12:30am last night. Thanks, Stacy!!!!) sorting through 5 copies of the same documents and making sure everything was accounted for. Such a blessing!

the last few weeks i have been feeling a little under water. like i kind of dropped off the planet for a little bit there, but it's been oh-so-worth it.
so thankful this step is done. only the beginning step towards many more, but one down!


so thankful to Jesus for Haitian stamped documents coming in quickly, gracious and reliable notaries, and friends who we were willing to watch our kiddos while I ran to Phoenix one morning, a friend who helps ship items and for grace from my husband during the chaos that was the last couple of weeks. it was worth it!

I can already see how God is transforming our hearts and drawing us closer to Him. He's stretching us and yet building our faith to trust that He is a loving Father who knows exactly what we need, when we need it.

thanks for praying and supporting us! please don't stop!

so i guess that means, what's next? 
we wait. and wait. but the wait doesn't start until they received those documents and Lord willing by Saturday, they will be in Haiti. 

already this song is playing and already i can see this is only the beginning of a long journey. it's so very true that during the waiting is when He does some of the most wonderful things.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

approved to adopt!


We have officially been approved to adopt by the state of Arizona! This slip of paper is a huge answer to prayer and came at just the right time!

This process has been tough, as we were told it would be, there's just no way around it. But, man. It has been fun! I've never seen myself as a paper-work type of person. However, in the midst of this process I remember being about 6 or 7 and spreading different papers on my parent's coffee table and pretending to call people (I may or may not have prank called 911 at one point.) It was during one of my present day nap times paperwork marathons that I took a sip of coffee and had a flashback to my six year old self, pretending to talk to people about "official business" and doing very serious work. My mug was now filled with real coffee and not water and there were actually people on the other end of the line. People who were helping me with doctor visits and police reports and references. People who knew got us from point A to B and we couldn't have done all of this without them. It was a surreal moment in the many moments that come and go. It was an affirming nudge to keep moving forward no matter how many delays.

The kiddos came with us to the notary. The second time. It was…memorable.

In the last two weeks there have been last minute papers that needed to be re-notarized, birth certificates that needed to be sent to our birth states to be authenticated (which we both have in hand today! thank you Jesus and UPS!) and last minute changes to our translations. We've also had to search all over our small town for an Authentication Stamp that some notaries have. I've probably called 7 or 8 places and every one uses a slip of paper, which is fine unless you're stamping 30 pages. We finally ordered a stamp and Lord willing, it will arrive today.

We're almost there! I know this part of the journey is probably the shortest in wait time, but it still feels so exciting to be at the end of something and actually be able to put our name in the hat and begin the process of being paired with our kiddo. We've been praying for her, wherever she is and trusting that He is taking care of her.

Please pray for the rest of the documents to come together so we can send them to Haiti with our friend when he goes, and please pray that we get the stamp today so our notary can use it tomorrow!

*update: Praise God, I just got a call that the stamp is in (to complete notaries) and I just received the translations! Thanks for praying :)