Monday, December 12, 2011

Interview Scheduled!

Hey everyone!
It's about time for an adoption update! Our interview is scheduled for January 10 at 1:30 pm. This is an interview with Justin and I at the agency's office. After this interview, we'll have an in-home visit. After that, I think we'll be eligible to adopt!
We are so excited about this journey. Justin and I took some time away this weekend and this was a topic of discussion. We'd love to have your prayers on the following things:
1) The interview and the in-home visit. Pray that they would see how much we love each other and how much love we have for more children!
2) Pray that God would have His hand on our birth mother and baby! Safety, growth, health and wisdom!
3) Overall, please pray that God gets the glory! He wrote this on our hearts long before we thought of it or began to obey, so please pray that His name will be glorified!

Thanks so much!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Guess what?!?!?

I always said I wanted a big family with a yard full of kids. Well, guess what?!?! We're gonna have more kids, but not the way you're thinking. When Justin and I were engaged, we both felt individually that we wanted to adopt at least one kid one day. We knew that we wanted to see our family grow in this way, and now we're taking the plunge. As of last week, we have submitted 98% of our paperwork to our wonderful adoption agency, Christian Homes and Family Services. We went to an orientation and got our zip disk full of paperwork, have worked and worked on it, and feel like now is the time that we're supposed to welcome another child into our family. We're so so so excited about this!
Let me tell you about our adoption agency. It's a phenomenal Christian organization where they know our names (and lots of other information about us after getting our paperwork) when we walk in the door, they have prayed for us since day one and have some of the best people we've ever met. It's been a joy to work with them.
When we were at our orientation, I realized how big their ministry is. They not only do the adoption side, they have foster-adopt families and babies to care for, they provide homes for women who are planning to give their child up for adoption and feel like God led them to do so. It's such a blessing to be working with them.
our journey will be a long one. We're just starting, and it could take as long as two years, though we're praying it won't take quite that long. Pretty soon, I think you'll be able to look us up on the Christian Homes website, We'll keep you all updated on our progress here.
In the meantime, if you know of anyone who is thinking about adoption, both for adopting a baby or for if you know a woman who is struggling with what to do with a surprise pregnancy, you can refer her to Christian Homes. They really are an amazing group of people and we're honored to walk through this with them.
We covet your prayers as we walk through this amazing journey. Please pray for us, for the boys and for our birth mom and baby! Health for all, love, and especially for the birth mom as she makes an incredible decision to give her baby to us to love for its entire life. We can't imagine how difficult that would be, so please pray for her emotional, physcial and spiritual health.
Thanks you guys! We love you all!