This post is gonna be short and sweet as it’s been a loooong week. Richard was out of town Monday to Wednesday night…then Parker tossed his cookies 6 times today so he was home from school with me and baby Frank. I had completed everything for our homestudy and it’s time to mail in our first big chunk of change. When I say big chunk…it’s a really big chunk. I was specifically praying that enough orders would come in and we’d have all we needed by this Friday…and as soon as the sun set tonight (Thursday) every last penny we needed came in. I just wanted to give the Lord praise in this post for being our Jehovah Jireh! I am humbled and amazed how He has already provided, led and given us confirmation that this is His path for our family—how He continues to have His hand on this adoption! I’m even more amazed in the miracle of adoption…how my heart feels and how things keep panning out. You always here people talk about “the miracle of childbirth” but I’ll have to say there is something uniquely, miraculous about “the miracle of adoption”! Trusting God for what is ahead and to always be our great provider…
Gotta love paying UPS $30 to overnight a package to Vital Records…$30 to overnight that sucker last week and then guess what I found in my mailbox yesterday? A return from Vital Records saying I forgot to include a copy of Richard’s driver liceanse to prove it was him asking for a certified copy of his birth certificate. Well, I’ll be! I ordered mine from Kentucky ONLINE and it was here in a few days (granted I paid $40 to have it expedited). But did Kentucky ask for anything? Nope. Scarey? Maybe. But I’ve heard GA Vital Records can be a mess to deal with, so I guess I should just be glad they let me know so quickly (a week later). Now…take TWO for our attempt to get certified birth certificates for our home study and dossier…our paper chase continues!
Each hurdle, I feel closer to our baby—and each set back I am reminded that God is PERFECT and His plan for us is true to scripture (Romans 12) good, pleasing and perfect. He is working all things to the good (Romans 8:28) of those who love Him—who have been called according to His purpose. So, while the paper chase and hoop jumping of adoption may some times be aggrevating…it is also joyful as I remember that this is God’s way of carefully and perfectly putting us in line at the PERFECT time to line up perfectly with the child He has chosen to be in our family. Ahhh…just the labor pains of adoption I guess. But part of the beautiful miracle too! Yet, I’ll keep ticking and jumping through the hoops and not giving up for our precious one!
So much for the $30 overnight to Vital Records. Looking back I know God just shakes His head and laughs at me every time I tell my new VBFF at the UPS store to RUSH ship…overnight…graffiti the package so they open it quicker! Yet Hebrews 12:1 tells us to throw off everything that hinders us and RUN THE RACE that God has set before us with PERSERVERANCE! SO…off to make copies of driver’s liceanses, graffiti another envelope and yes—pay for the package to be overnighted AGAIN! I’m comin’ sweet baby! You are worth EVERY hoop we’re jumping through! How the Lord must love you…and how we love you already…to give us the passion and strength to run this race until we hold you in our arms!!!
trying to find creative things to do inside! WHEW! With our paper chase home study process (and with the lurking paper chase for our dossier) we were in need of a little fun this weekend and play time! Granted, I’m having so much fun doing everything as each step is one step closer to our baby…but I actually welcomed the rain this weekend as my photography sessions were cancelled and I was just chillin’ at home with the kiddos. Of course until our adoption is complete, I’ll keep shooting–but I’m really looking forward to taking a long break and just playing and having days like this…time to make your own wrapping paper:)
While baby and preschooler are sleeping…and after 5 year old has had at least an hour of quiet time:)–convince him to help get ready for birthday party by helping with this project. We used kraft paper and finger paint (our favorite finger paint to use is Blick–the wash off is easy peasy…so easy that Parker can wash it all off himself while I get another color ready)
Get messy! Paint those fingers and hands…this is Parker’s favorite part…
Pop a bow on with matching paint colors and die to your perfectionism and let your 5 year old sign his OWN name! Wa-la! Ready for the birthday party!
After church we met up with some sweet friends and let our kids run wild in the sprinkles at the Avenues. Found a few steals at the Gap…and I’m having a hard time buying much of anything as we save, save, save for our adoption and stare at pictures of babies and children in Ethiopia—so I needed a t-shirt or two as my closet is slim…and found a great buy from product (RED) which gives 1/2 of the sale back to Africa…the shirt says “What We Choose To Buy Can Change the Course of Life on This Planet” To see more RED products: http://www.joinred.com/
And on the calendar for this week for adoption stuff:
The Lord is our Jehovah Jirah! Our great provider! He will meet all our needs according to His riches and glory! We will continue to trust in Him to meet our needs for this adoption, for our future and for our family. Our trust is in Him alone.
Thank you for being a part of our journey!
I feel like I’ve been working on our home study forever and I think it’s only been 3 weeks! BUT…I have also been working on it from sun up to sun down it feels like, so I’m thankful it’s almost knocked out! My interview was a lot of fun today…I *LOVE* our adoption consultant!!! What should have been an hour interview of course turned to an entire morning…Frank was snoozing away and we are both chatter boxes! One more thing checked off our list—one step closer to our precious baby!
So far all done for our home study:
Left to do:
Feels good to be almost done! Looks like we should be done by the end of the month! Then we’ll wait on our adoption consultant with our home study to write up our home study report, we’ll be given a draft, and then the final will be mailed to our agency. After that–we will be able to start our dossier and hopefully have that completed by the end of October…then hopefully we’ll at least be entered into the computer and be given a number…and that’s when the count down to our baby will officially begin.
So, while I keep saying “I’m kind of paper pregnant” I really feel like we are still “trying” and once we are logged in…I’ll feel like we are officially expecting! I can’t WAIT to just be logged in the computer and have a number to start counting down to! The wait after that could be any crazy number from 6-18 months…no one ever knows…so this “pregnancy” is bound to be an exciting roller coaster! And I couldn’t be more thankful to those of you who are my friends and family who are along for the beautiful ride to our baby with us!!!
OK…off to order invitations for Frank’s 1st birthday! Laney’s 4th is just a few weeks later so at least I’ve got some wonderful, fun things to distract me from the wait to be logged in!
Yay! Just got the word from our adoption coordinator—my home study interview will be this Friday at 9:45am! I’m so excited…and by Friday I’ll probably be a little nervous too. I promised her I’d bring the lacking forms (aka Richard’s 16 page personal profile) to my interview…so the pressure is on honey:). I have to say that he is officially on page 13…so just 3 pages to go! WAY TO GO DEAR!
I have to add this last tid bit. I walked into the police station/city hall yesterday to pick up my background check after they called to say my form was ready—you know you have been on a serious paper chase and at City Hall too much when you walk in solo and everyone behind the desk starts hollaring when you come in, “WHERE’S FRANK?!” Pooooor Frank. He has been carted along to all my errands and paper chasing…but not yesterday. Sweet Emily babysat him all day yesterday while the older two were in preschool/PreK so I could finish up my chase!
Looking forward to Friday…then we’ll just have Richard’s interview and our home walk through!!! I’m ready to start my dossier chase asap:)