This past week we've gotten in touch with our social worker who will be completing one very important step in our adoption: the Home Study! As we were looking around for an agency, there were some pretty important things we were looking for. We wanted to be close, have a good referral from others who had used them and reasonably priced. In talking with Caring for Kids it was again so clear that our conversation had come about by way of something greater than just mere coincidence. Because our relationship with our home study agency and social worker is one that will last for many years, I was looking for that instant ease in conversation as I called around. Within a few minutes of talking with their director, Pat and I were off to a great start! She herself is an adoptive mom and for 30 minutes it was like talking with a girlfriend :) I love it when the Lord graces me with moments like that: it was total confirmation that I could be myself and trust that this agency will help Justin and I on our adventure to our little guy. When Justin came home from work that day he saw my excitement and knew without a doubt we had found something good. Check one more step off on my to-do list!
And so I've earned the title as the household adoption project manager! We are getting paper work together right and left! Even Brie has had her necessary vet appointment as an honorary family member to confirm that she too is ready to share her territory and not her germs (thank you vaccinations!). This coming Tuesday is going to be a big day for us. Justin is taking the day off and we're officially dubbing it as our Operation ET Day. That morning we'll be rising early to meet the Fire Inspector at our home (that's the one that requires that map of egress out of our house...and just in case you're here and need to know where all your exit options are in case of a fire, some agencies recommend that the map be posted at a visible location ie. the fridge...but I'll tell you just look for a window and run. Hopefully you wore a good pair of [cute] shoes that day!). After that appointment we'll also be meeting with our doctors, human resource managers and finally our social worker Wanita from Caring for Kids that evening. Please pray for that day! There's a lot of weight resting on that day running smoothly and efficiently. Our goal is to have the majority of our home study paperwork together so that we can give it to Wanita that evening. We've heard that the social worker can ask some pretty probing questions in her 3-4 hour interview, so we are praying for no nerves and complete peace as we get to know Wanita and as she gets to know us. :)
There's a lot of talk about paperwork, and believe me there's a reason why that word comes up in almost every sentence! But the final goal of all of that is our dossier. This is the document (of papers!) that will be sent off to Ethiopia and it will be us on paper. It is what their government will see and what will validate Justin and I as a couple who will be receiving a child and the Children's Hope in-country staff will use that to match a child with us. Ultimately we clearly know that God's hand is at the very center of this entire process, and we trust that He will use what is written about us to move in the minds and hearts of those who are in authoritative positions there in ET to bring us together with the little baby whose last name will become Foster.
So, as I could like every time I start up on this blogging, I want to keep typing away! But greater things are needed to be done today: for example the future babies room needs to be cleared out so at least it appears that we have some plan in mind to where he will sleep when Wanita's here...and that it's possible to exit in case of a fire ;) With this beautiful day in front of us I am thrilled to start cleaning up and getting things organized for Tuesday. The windows are open and the music is on = productive day ahead!
God is so good to us, and if it seems like I can't stop bringing Him up, then it's true! We are blown away at how clearly present He wants to be as our family grows and our nest is filled. As we lay every step of this adoption at His feet and commit to trusting that all the emotions, to-do's and hangups are there to be part of the process, it brings more moments when it is undeniably happening through Christ and not by any measure of our doing. We are having so much fun, despite moments of epic frustration with the wording of paperwork or trying to get US government personnel to answer questions, it really is a pretty stinkin' awesome adventure!
enjoy you day, and have a rejoice-full Easter!