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Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Confession

So...I got my facts mixed up a bit regarding our education classes this weekend. I thought I had been told that they were parenting education classes...but really, they were adoption information classes, and they were GREAT! :) There were 4 other couples in the class with us, and we were able to turn in another big chunk of our paperwork which was a huge blessing!

Also...the most exciting news....we will be able to have our social worker come and do our homestudy in 2 weeks from now!!! Yahoo!! Originally, I thought we had to complete all of our paperwork before our homestudy could be finished, but apparently not!

So basically, these are the only things we have left to complete before we can be considered a "waiting family":
  1. Proof of house/car insurance coverage.
  2. Joe's autobiography -- thankfully, he will be working less hours next week, so he hopes to finish this up :)
  3. Our letter to the birthmother -- this will be our first impression to any birthmother who comes in wanting to form an adoption plan for her child.
  4. Our portfolio -- a 12 page scrapbook summing up who we are and what our lives are like.
  5. Our homestudy -- which will be done in 2 weeks!!!!!
And that's it! :)

I tell ya, it's absolutely exhilirating...

We had the opportunity to talk to several adoptive families who came in with their kids and shared their stories over the weekend. It's amazing how each one is completely different. I can't wait to see how the Lord orchestrates our story! :)

Other things we discussed in our education classes:
  • Transracial adoption -- being prepared for inappropriate comments, different types of skin/hair care needs, etc.
  • What to expect at our first "match meeting" (This is when we meet the birthmother who has chosen us for the first time).
  • Glimpses of what the process is like emotionally for birthmothers (this was heartwrenching...)
  • How to talk about adoption with your child.
  • How to bond with your child and help them adjust to a new home
And so much more...

Needless to say, we are getting very excited -- and scared to death -- as we approach the "waiting" period. The next 2 weeks will be a flurry of activity as we try to clean our house, paint the soon-to-be-baby's room, finish Joe's autobiography, and at least start our portfolio.

Here's how you can be praying:
  • Persistence - as we try to finish up our paperwork and get things done around our house. As I speak, Joe is tilling up our garden so that our backyard will look presentable (finally....).
  • Wisdom - as we write our letter to the birthmother and begin our portfolio. Thankfully, I was able to see quite a few portfolio examples, and I think I have a good idea of where to start and what I want to do with ours! But it's a daunting task...
  • Our vehicle situation - We are still searching for a replacement for Joe's car, though right now, that's not at the top of our list. Even if we don't find one before a baby is placed in our home, that's ok. We trust that the Lord will provide us with what we need, when we need it.
  • Birthmother/father - As always, we pray for the woman we will have the honor to meet someday. Please pray that she is safe and makes wise choices for herself and her baby.
As always, thank you so much for your prayers! We look forward to telling our baby how many people were praying for him/her someday... :)

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