Paperwork

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very helpful with answering our questions. We talked about common issues with international adoption and an overview of the adoption process. We also talked to our home study provider and will be attending a 2-day training session next week. This is a requirement before the home visits begin. We’ve completed our paperwork for the contract with CWA and will get that sent in and from there will start completing more paperwork!

I was reminded today of the bible story of Phillip ministering to the Ethiopian in the book of Acts. Check it out in Acts 8: 26-40. We’ve also started doing research on Ethiopia. There’s a good website, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia that has some very interesting information about Ethiopia.

Today was the first day that I started to think about an actual child. I know that might sound strange but for the past 4 years we’ve been researching and praying and thinking about adoption and it’s always been a “process”. Talking with our orientation counselor today about the attachment of the child and having a good balance of the Ethiopian culture, etc it kind of hit me that a child is out there, maybe born already, maybe not. But God knows what child (or children) is supposed to be a part of our family and it’s just real amazing to think about it.

Join us as we pray for this child (or children) that will, Lord willing, be a Quittem in 9-12 months! Have a good night!

Overwhelming

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We submitted our application to CWA this weekend. Just today already we’ve received the contract information we have to complete within 30 days along with our first payment. It’s very overwhelming but I think mostly because we’ve never gotten this far before. We’ve spent the past two years or so looking at information and agencies so it’s exciting to actually be doing something.

There’s only 17 pages we have to review and sign and send in and that’s not even our home study! Pray for us as we complete the paperwork and also as we look for a home study provider.

This is the day

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“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!” Scripture gives us this great verse – one that we’ve learned alot about over the past year. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not come – today is the day the Lord has given us and we will choose to make the most of it. That’s hard to do sometimes, especially through the process of adoption. Our prayer is that our focus would be on only today, that each and every day the Lord gives us we would rejoice in it, regardless of what that day brings.

We’ve decided to adopt through Christian World Adoption. Their website is www.cwa.org. We’ll be going through their Ethiopia program and those adoptions usually take 10-12 months. I will for sure be going to Ethiopia when we receive our referral, Pat is still a maybe. He’s not too keen about flying over the ocean 🙂 but we’ll see! It would be a great experience if all of us (Pat, Holly and myself) could go – we’ll just leave that in the Lord’s hands!

Have a great day!

It begins!

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Thanks for checking out our site. We want to keep you up to date with our journey through adoption.

A little over a year ago the little boy we had been taking care of for 12 months went back to his birth mom. We knew it was God’s will for this to happen. It was still one of the hardest things we experienced – although amazingly I think it drew our family closer to each other and to God. After that I was bound and determined to adopt – nothing was stopping me! In my heart though, I heard the still small voice of the Lord saying to wait a year. I fought with this for awhile and didn’t share this with hubby. Eventually I went to hubby and said, we need to decide what to do. He said, “Let’s wait a year”. I started crying, not because I was sad but because I knew so clearly this was God’s will.

I won’t say the past year hasn’t been hard. But it has been amazing knowing we are in God’s will and there’s been a reason to wait. So that year has come and gone already. We just got back from FL to visit the foster child we had for a year, now our God child and his family. We had such a wonderful trip.

We are now trying to determine what agency we’ll use. We’re both drawn towards international adoption but again, there are so many agencies to choose from. Finances are tight so that’s part of our decision but of course there are so many other things to look at.

Thanks for your prayers through this process. We’re excited for what the Lord has in store!