Thursday, October 27, 2011

Flood


There is a flood in Thailand right now. It is not receding. In fact, it has reached Bangkok, the nations capitol, where most people have been evacuated to. 2.5 million people disrupted, 110,000 in shelters and at least 366 dead. The damages are estimated at over 10 Billion US dollars - and counting.  

All of the children and foster families under the care of our agency are safe, although many of them have lost their homes.

Those families who were expecting to travel Dec. 1st to bring their children home to their forever families have been delayed until February, or longer.

Please be in prayer for the people of Thailand. Be in prayer for the children. Who have already suffered great loss and now an uncertain change is taking place in their lives.

Our God is God over the floods.

The LORD sat as King at the flood; Yes, the LORD sits as King forever.
Psalm 29:10


Click Here to see some pictures of the floods in Thailand.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Grow


How does a family grow? How does it grow from one to two? to three? to four?

About 8 years ago I was one. One can be a good number. But one can be lonely.

Then along came Nick and we became two.

A blissful two. A joyful two. But then, even two became lonely.

So we set out to be three. And God being who God is, made us three. 

And three is a lovely number. And then one day - we grew to four. 

Four is a good number. Solid. Even. A forever number. 

BUT...
One is a lonely number, especially when you are one child among many in an orphanage and there are only so many hands to take care of the needs. 

One is a lonely number when you were meant to be in a family and to have a place to call home. 

One is a lonely number, when by simple addition, you don't have to be alone anymore. 

Years ago I could only dream about growing from one to four. Now it is reality. Today, we dream, we plan and we prepare to grow to five. 

As we embark on this adventure of an International adoption, here are some things I know about growing:

My belly may not grow, but my heart will.
My bank account may not grow, but my family will.
My house may not grow, but the love and the joy it contains will.
And even though none of these things may grow.....a child will.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Update


We heard from our home study social worker today.
She said our agency was checking with the Thailand agency regarding something in our home study. We are waiting on Thai's approval before our home study is approved.
Please be in prayer with us as the officials are making this decision!

We trust that God is leading, guiding and directing us. We know that He is sovereign over this entire process, from beginning to end.

It's just nice when the road isn't very bumpy! :)

So join us in prayer for HIS will to be done.

 

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

What's involved in a home study??


We keep throwing around the word 'home study', but what does a home study really involve? For us, the list looked like this:

  • 6 hours of interviews with a social worker (including home visit) 
  • Application for Adoption
  • 5 references
  • Adoptive Parent Provider Demographic Information
  • License Record Clearance Request 
  • Local Police Checks
  • Driver's Record Clearance
  • Verification of Employment
  • Proof of Insurance (and that it will cover adoptive child with possible pre-existing conditions) 
  • Medical Release and Request for Information (basically a doctor's note - 1 for each person in the home) 
  • Simple Screening Instrument for Substance Abuse
  • Statement of Guardian
  • Birth Certificate (adults only) 
  • Drivers License
  • Family Budget
  • 1040 Income Tax Form
  • Autobiographies
  • Couples/Individual Questions
  • Client Rights Form
  • Marriage License
  • Out of State Background Checks
  • Payment
And that's it! Easy right?? :) 




 

Monday, October 03, 2011

Homestudy Draft


I spoke with our Social Worker today and she emailed a draft of our home study!! Hooray!!!
We are one step closer!

Nick and I read through it, made a few minor changes and then sent it back.
We are hoping to have it completed this week and in the hands of our agency. Then we can officially start on the Dossier!

Tonight, while we were mellowing in the living room.
Ben turns to me and asks (without any prompting)

"Mom, when will we get to meet the little boy or little girl without a mommy and daddy? I want to give them a hug. And share my room. And tickle them." 

It was such a sweet moment. We were able to discuss the adoption and spend some time praying for our new family member, even though we haven't even met yet.

It is crazy to think that while we are busy with paperwork and our day to day lives, our baby could be birthed any moment, or could be living in an orphanage or foster home right now. Just waiting for a family.

We pray for you little one. Even though we do not know you yet, we pray for you. We speak of you often. May the Lord surround you with love, peace and protection. May you hold fast till we come. Your family is waiting. And we long to meet you.