Today was a big day in our little adoption process. Our contracts have officially been signed and notarized and are now on their way to being delivered to Portland, OR!!! Praise God! Our agency, All God’s Children International, should receive our packet by Thursday and will then mail us our adoption planner. By early next week we will be what is referred to as “paper pregnant” in the adoption world. Very exciting! We’ll probably be consumed by paperwork for the next few months, but I’m really looking forward to it! I feel like we’ve been walking in circles for several months now. I have to remind myself daily that God’s timing is perfect even if that means standing still sometimes. It’s a huge relief to have a tiny part of the process completed!
When we submit out dossier, we will also have to make our next big payment. We’ll be introducing new fundraisers in March, so be on the lookout for t-shirts (designed by my amazingly talented and hot husband) and a variety of beaded necklaces coming to you straight from Africa. We are planning on having a yard sale in April to raise money, so please let us know if you have any items lying around your house that you would be willing to donate. I tend to purge things out of our house on a regular basis, so we really don’t have much. We are depending on donations from friends and family to make the yard sale a success!
On a side note, Jonathan has his individual homestudy visit this Saturday. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. I feel confident that he will do great, but I know he would appreciate your prayers! Next up will be the final visit at our home and then she will write up a report from our visits and send to our agency to review and hopefully approve! Please be praying for that as well.
That pretty much sums it up for now. I’ll leave you with a sweet video I found on YouTube that was put together by our adoption agency. Hannah’s Hope is their orphanage in Ethiopia. It’s seems surreal to think that we will be there one day…meeting our little munchkin for the first time! The video is a little long, but the minutes truly fly by (at least for me). The “Joy of Shoes” part (about 2 minutes in) makes me sob every time I watch it. Those children are just dying for love. It’s amazing that something so small, like a pair of shoes, a hug, or a few minutes of your attention, can make such a huge impact on an orphan’s life. A good reminder that we can all do something to be a voice for the voiceless. We all have an important part to play in caring for orphans. My prayer is that our adoption journey will inspire you to find yours!