Monday, July 19, 2010

13th......3rd.......or 1st on the list to get a referral.......

In emailing back and forth with our agency today I asked where we were in the lineup to get a referral. There are so many variables right now with our adoptive country that I think I just needed on concrete answer.......so what was it......well, you are either 13th, 3rd or 1st.

This should have been frustrating to me in my goal of trying to find something concrete out, but for some reason it was really refreshing! Maybe it was the fact that worst case scenario I am only 13th on the list and not 31st.

After our adoptive country started to change their referral process back in April, they still haven't narrowed down how everything is going to work. There are 10 families that had pre-identified children (they had already had a child picked for them and accepted the referral) and so they are processing an adoption of that specific child. If those are all processed according to plan, which our agency thinks they will be, then there are two families in front of us. Those two families have identified children they want to adopt as well, but those requests have not been accepted by the government and our agency really doesn't know if they will or not. If they do get accepted then we would be the next on the list to get a referral!

Exciting? Yes, but it doesn't mean the process will move any quicker. We are still looking at at least a year till we get a referral of a child, unless God wants us to get our child sooner than that!!!

I must remember to wait patiently on the Lord, for I would much rather do things in His timing (and it take a long time) then do things in my timing (with a short wait), because His ways are SO much better than mine!!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

This week our dossier will arrive in Southeast Asia!!

Exciting news! I talked with our agency after they received our dossier. They said everything looked great and they were going to go ahead and send our dossier overseas. She said it would be there this week!! So exciting and yet so many unknowns. We are one of the first dossiers to go over there since there were some changes in the adoption process. So everything is unknown right now as far as when we will get our referral, how long the whole process will take etc...

Our hope and faith rests in Christ. He has done so much for us and we love the fact that we can be a living example of His adoption of us into His family! I can't wait to be able to share that example with the many people that ask us about adoption once our little one is home with us. What an easy way to spread the gospel to others! My prayer is that we won't miss even one opportunity to share what God has done for us and the gift He wants others to receive. The good news of His death on the cross for my sins so that I wouldn't need to pay the debt for them myself (eternal punishment in hell) is all a part of His redemptive plan. Because without Him we have no hope. Nothing I can do on my own can get me to Heaven, only Christ's works can save me.....Praise the Lord!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Dossier has been Mailed!!

Boy, It seems like it has taken forever to get to this point, and the wait has only just begun! Yesterday I took to FedEx our dossier and our I800A application. I must say this is the first time that I have been actually nervous about mailing something. Knowing all the time, effort, work and money put into getting the Dossier together if makes me a little nervous to think about them damaging or worse losing it! I did make copies of the whole dossier but that really doesn't matter since most everything has to be a notarized original.
So now the wait is on. Our agency has not, since all the changes in Thailand, sent any dossiers over there. We will be one of the first to see how the process has changed. Hopefully we won't experience any great delays.
Now to start the grant applications and fundraising efforts!!