Friday, December 31, 2010
We finished our home study process this morning. Our caseworker was at the house for a little over 3 hours. It went really well! We got back our personality test scores and they were so interesting to look at. We had to take them on ourselves & each other. It turns out we know each other pretty well almost scoring perfect on that section. It was fascinating seeing how we rate individually as well. Overall a great way to look into our relationship:)
The next step will be entering the match book. We plan on entering it January 15th if everything goes through ok. We are confident it will. After we are in the match book we will wait for the phone call from our agency with either a birth mom who wants to meet with us to discuss the possibility of setting up an adoption plan or a we could receive a hospital call. Our caseworker also reminded us to let our friends & families aware of our plan to adopt in case they know of a birth mom seeking an adoptive family. God works in mysterious ways!
Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to seek His will & prepare our hearts and home for a little one:) We are so blessed to have all of your support.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I'm not sure who all reads this or if I am updating our blog anymore for you than for me (Britt). Since my tummy isn't growing & I'm not fighting off strange cravings I write. I write to remind myself that our child is on their way home. God is preparing our hearts & our home for the addition of one of His children. I couldn't feel more blessed & grateful.
We will have our last home study visit next week on the 15th. They've been going very well. We had a little set back recently, we will be entered in the match book in January not this month due to the amount of time we've been married. They encouraged us to wait until after our 2 year anniversary in hopes of there being no "red flags" when they present us to the agency's board. We have also been in contact with a organization where we are hoping to receive some financial assistance with the large placement fee we will most likely be paying sometime in 2011 when we bring our sweet baby boy or girl home. Of course this requires a lot more paperwork but we are getting pretty good at it by now! God is opening doors, for this we are thankful. As I work on the nursery (yes, I am already nesting:) It's helping us mentally grasp the fact we'll be adopting hopefully sooner than later) I have been thinking about & praying for our birth mother & child. I love them already. This probably sounds strange but it's true. I love our birth mom for the selfless decision she will make & the trust she is going to have in us to hand us the precious child she's been carrying in her belly for 9 months. I don't know the kind of hurt she will face but I pray for God's grace on her. I love our child because of the joy, laughter & memories we will create together. I love our child already because his or her story was carefully constructed by our Creature & we were chosen to be their parents. What a blessing!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! John & I will be having a quiet Christmas at our home just the two of us...and our mutts of course. We are excited about the idea that this may be our last Christmas without any kiddos. Although we love this time in our relationship we are ecstatic to become parents & hope to fill our home with tiny feet and toys soon:)
Thank you for your continued prayer. As always, we seek & ask that His will be done in our lives.