Monday, November 3, 2008

Let it begin...

I know I've not provided an update with regards to the adoption process because, thus far, there's not been anything worth saying. Some time back, we submitted our interest form to our chosen agency, along with payment for the adoption education seminar scheduled for November 21/22. Meanwhile, I've been gathering documents necessary for our home study, praying, and witnessing God do amazing adoption miracles through blogs of people I know indirectly.

The two blogs I'm watching most closely are Learning How to Fly, which chronicles the adoption journey of a couple from our church, and Bevins Family, the blog of my friend's sister Kim who lost two babies in a row and who is now on her way to adoption through miraculous circumstances. As an aside, would you please join me in praying for them as they wait for their families to grow? May they have patience and God's peace as they wait, may God bless the birth mothers and bring the families together quickly, may the relationships be all that God intends them to be. Also, pray for the birth moms -- that God would bless them for the selfless decision they're making for the babies they're carrying, and that they would grow closer to and rely on Him during what I imagine to be an extraordinarily difficult process.

Until now, we've only been waiting, distanced, aloof. I've considered working on our album, particularly after watching all that Holly and Ben have gone through, but with our vacation and school and my troublesome little ovaries (long story), I've not done any more. In fact, I've pushed the whole adoption issue to the point in my mind that I only visit it during prayer time, and even then, it's more of an "I'm yielding to whatever you have planned, God" sort of way.

Today, though, the whole issue was brought back to the surface when I got an e-mail that our official intake interview has been scheduled, which is part one of our home study process. Because we have to travel to our chosen agency, they're making special concession for us. We'll meet with our Child Placement Manager the morning of the 21st before attending the seminar over the rest of the weekend. His plan is to work quickly with us after that to complete our home study and move us into the approved family pool.

As for a time frame, I have no idea. I think interview until home study completion is probably about six weeks long. Provided we get approved by the agency, birth moms will probably begin seeing our album sometime after the first of the year. After that, it's all in God's hands. We could have a placement within days or years or never at all. No matter the outcome, we are truly yielded to Him in this, and know that He has our best interests at heart. Still, we would appreciate your prayers. May His will be done in His perfect timing, and may this be an experience that draws us nearer to Him.

9 comments:

  • Elizabeth

    Girl, I'm praying for you guys every step of the way. What an exciting journey you are on! I can't wait to see where the Lord takes you. Your heart sounds like it's in a good place. I'm here for you!

  • Karen

    praying for you friend

  • Holly Floyd Peterson

    Thank you so much for the blog shout out and for asking others to pray along with us - it means the world and makes such an incredible difference during our "wait" time! And CONGRATS to you and your family on beginning the whole process - how very exciting! I'll be praying for you every day and look forward to reading updates on your blog =)

    Holly

  • amy

    Thanks for the update! We'll be praying!!

  • Randi

    Wow ... I feel teary reading that. I'm excited about God's plans for you. I've seen such amazing things come from adoption, not the least of which is that a child who may not have known God now has the opportunity to grow up in a God-loving family. I'll be praying for you!

  • Emily

    We have been praying for your family all the time. I know how hard it is (at least for me) to just give over control and let things happen in God's time. We love you guys, and you are in our prayers.

  • Happy Mommy

    I will start praying for the next few weeks of your life! I am really excited for you!

  • In His Grip

    How exciting to get some news. I will pray for your friends and for you guys too. Looking forward to seeing what the Lord will do in your lives and those around you.

  • Sandi

    Amanda - You and James are AMAZING! Your faith really encourages me. Todd and I will be praying for you and this process.

    Also, how is it going with the new pets? Crazy girl!

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