11 July 2013

All for one and one for all: an adoption update

Adoption Fund

Over the past couple of months, we’ve been quietly busy completing our long list of adoption requirements.

For example, here are a few things we’ve been up to…

  • we’ve been interviewed and attended mandatory classes.
  • we had our fingerprints taken and cleared by the FBI
  • we took an all day CPR class and became certified.
  • we also took a water safety class.
  • we were tested for TB.
  • received complete physicals from our doctor (including lab work).
  • stood in line at the DMV for a copy of our 10 year driving record.
  • our friends and family have completed reference forms for us.
  • we’ve emailed family photos.
  • spoken to other families who have adopted through the foster system
  • completed add’l training hours watching films about adoption
  • filled out mounds of paperwork about each other, our families, our past and present.
  • paid various agency fees

It was my personal goal to have this list complete before we left on our family vacation. Whether it actually happened or not, wasn’t something I was going to stress over. It was simply a goal that would keep me focused on the task at hand.

The four of us board a plane tomorrow morning for Mexico and I’m pleased to say we’ve met our goal and completed this list!

Although the adoption process certainly doesn’t stop here, this was a BIG milestone. When we return, a social worker will be assigned to us and another interview will take place. Soon after that, a home study can be written.

What does this all mean? It means we are getting closer to the point where nothing more will need to be done on our part (other than lots of prayer). We will simply be in the waiting process. I’m thinking maybe by the end of August?

I know God’s timing is perfect and His divine hand is in all of these details so the waiting part for me, is not an big issue. Plus, it gives me more time to relish my little family and life as we know it, before it all changes.  

Although Morgan and I have been diligently plugging away at our to-do list, this has been nothing short of a family effort. The girls have joined us on many of these appointments and we’ve been sharing our thoughts and experiences with them, every step of the way.

There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t talk about baby brother and pray for him.

From day one, the girls started an “adoption fund” to help contribute in their own way. I suppose it makes them feel like they’re a part of the process. They’ve come up with various ideas on how they can help raise money. Everything from yard sales to selling their art work.

The other day, they told us that every time they put money in the bucket, they say, “I love you baby brother.” What a sweet, sweet gesture. 

The girls are already turning in to be the BEST big sisters and I can’t wait to see how God uses them to minister to our son.  

For now, we gratefully pack our suitcases as we get ready to embark on yet another fun adventure…

All for One and One for all. 

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