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Jehovah Jireh!

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…

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Kim - September 25, 2009 - 2:59 am

What a beautiful post honoring our Great Provider! And AMEN to the "uniquely, miraculous" journey through "the miracle of adoption".
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,
Kim

Beautiful Mess - September 25, 2009 - 6:31 am

Praise God! That is so encouraging!

Are These Kids All Yours? - September 25, 2009 - 5:44 pm

We have a song here at camp about Jehovah Jireh. It sooo reminds us of how God is our Provider. Amazing to see your journey & celebrating with you!

Kristi J - September 25, 2009 - 11:38 pm

yayyy…praise God…He is so good ๐Ÿ™‚ kj

Vital Records…

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!!!

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Ashley Scott - September 22, 2009 - 9:59 am

Hi Andrea! I have been reading your blog for a couple of weeks and thought I should say hello. My husband and I also live in the Alpharetta/Roswell area and are adopting through AGCI. You amaze me with your speed in getting so many of the steps accomplished so quickly. Praise the Lord for your energy and dedication! I really enjoy reading your blog and hope we get the chance to meet sometime!
Our blog: http://www.daveandashleyscott.com

love,
Ashley Scott

3 Blessings - September 22, 2009 - 10:27 am

We are right there with you. I could not believe how much the different prices were to overnight and expedite the birth certificates and marriage certificate. I also was amazed that Arkansas would send my b/c with no ID but my husband's from Illinois required a signature. We are becoming very educated on the ins and outs of adoption paperwork ๐Ÿ™‚
Blessings,
Amy

Are These Kids All Yours? - September 22, 2009 - 1:09 pm

Yeah, have had to remind myself of those things over and over….as I wait very impatiently!!!!!! Just have to rest in God….which is just hard sometimes. Definitely worth it & you are getting closer!!!!!

Kelley Brown - September 24, 2009 - 11:07 am

Hey! I can totally relate…there seems to constant glitches along the way. But I love having a friend go through all of this at the same time as us! Loved your sweet comment on our blog, and hope to catch up even more. I'll be following your journey of adoption as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

Rain, rain go away…but until then we are…

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:)

Step One:

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)

Step 2:

Get messy! Paint those fingers and hands…this is Parker’s favorite part…

Step 3:
Press Away! Of course it would have been adorable to add Laney and Frank’s handprints to this…but we’ll do theirs next time! This was special time with Mr.Parker and it made him feel so special to have this time with mommy:) Keep in mind you have to wait for the handprints to DRY before actually using it as wrapping paper…so this is best to do the day before the party—OR you can do like we did…just a couple of hours before and we set up a box fan to make it dry faster. Parker thinks using the box fan is really cool…and of course your best option when it’s pouring down rain outside with no help from Mr.Sunshine!

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Step 4:

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:
1. Phone conference with our agency at 12:30pm on Monday (fingers crossed my kids will go down for naps early so I can focus:)
2. Turn in other half of copied documents to social worker
3. Check the mailbox everyday;) to see if Rich and the kids certified birth announcements arrive
4. Encourage Richard to go to the mobile fingerprinting on Thursday for state
5. Richard’s portion of interview with our adoption consultant later this week!
6. Begin dossier document collecting and mail in approx. 1/3 of adoption cost to our agency (their portion of the adoption–the other installments will be for the international agency, medical and travel fees…lots of fees;).

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!

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Are These Kids All Yours? - September 20, 2009 - 8:57 pm

busy busy busy!!! Love those pics! Hang in there with all of this craziness…you are making great strides!

Kristi J - September 21, 2009 - 8:23 pm

Great idea on the wrapping paper..i'll have to give that a try some time…such cute pics, kj

Just a few more things left for our home study!

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:
-Registered online for Georgia fingerprinting and went to local mobile fingerprinting station to complete check
-State fingerprinting completed at Roswell Police Department and mailed in to FBI
-Background Checks from city and forms notarized
-Got certified marriage certificate from Alabama:)
-Ordered certified birth certificate from Kentucky for me and from Georgia for Rich, Parker, Laney and Frank (still waiting on the GA ones to return…go Kentucky for being so quick!)
-Completed 16 page personal profiles (even Richard finished his!)
-Signed and turned in a gazillon agreements and forms (Homestudy policies, safety agreements, etc)
-Financial statements completed
-Family interview
-Andrea’s personal interview
-Got 911 call history form and notarized
-Paid 1/2 home study fee (due at each interview)
-Kids physicals/health forms completed
-Pictures taken and turned in of outside and inside of our home
-2 family references written and mailed in
-2 couple friends references written and mailed in

Left to do:
-Richard’s personal interview (next Friday)
-Home safety walk through (following week)
-Pay 2nd half of home study fee
-Richard and my adoption physicals (scheduled for the 30th)

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!

XOXO!

Andrea

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Are These Kids All Yours? - September 18, 2009 - 9:38 pm

YEAH!!!! You are definitely making progress! Hey, just think this may be crazy, but when you get to the waiting stage- there is not a whole lot to do…..and you twiddle your thumbs….that is when you need the paperwork to distract you. he he he. You are doing great though to almost be done with the hs! Way to go!!

Ellen - September 20, 2009 - 12:36 pm

I love your comment, "I'm kinda paper pregnant"~ We have submitted our application (Fri.) to Holt and waiting to be accepted to the Korea program, then we will begin the paperwork for the homestudies with Mary Kendall…I was thinking Saturday it is kinda of like waiting should I buy a pregnancy test…I don't think we will feel official either until we are on the referral list…although we talk of Annalee already like she is part of the family…we don't even know if she is born yet…adoption is so cool! Such an awesome adventure that I feel so blessed to be experiencing!

kadie laughlin - September 20, 2009 - 4:47 pm

Andrea! I love that you are doing this blog! Matt and I would LOVE to adopt one day, so I love following your happeings. Also, love to be able to pray for you during this awesome adventure God has you on! Maybe we can even get together next time I am in Atlanta?? I would love it!

This Friday!

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:)

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Anonymous - September 17, 2009 - 1:41 pm

Girl….you are flying through the paperwork! I am so impressed with your tenacity. We were bogged down all summer waiting for our homestudy to get completed. What was awesome about that was the constant reminder to me that God is sovereign and it is His timing, not mine. So now that is complete and I sent the paperwork to Immigration last week…..YEAH.
I find it interesting the different timelines we all have. I try not to freak out and think I am doing it wrong(but I usually do freak out!)
Praying for your interview tomorrow.

All's grace,
Susan Burkhalter

Are These Kids All Yours? - September 17, 2009 - 5:17 pm

Yep, we usually take our 7 with us because we homeschool on all of our paper chasing you should see the looks we get! he he he….especially when you ask for your fingerprints to be done so you can adopt another child. The eyes really get big! But Monday as we get our state certification in Baton Rouge (part of your dossier to come:) we get to leave them with a sitter. They will have loads of fun!!! And less squirming.

Lisa Russo - September 18, 2009 - 5:16 am

How did I miss this, Andrea?!?!? I'm so happy for you!! A friend of mine (here in Atlanta) just brought her little girl home from Ethiopia!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend - September 18, 2009 - 6:15 pm

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Kristi J - September 18, 2009 - 7:30 pm

yayyy, oh i remember those days of paper chasing…it will be over before you know..it is a great feeling when you are finally on the wait list…so excited for you, kj