Sunday, April 29, 2012

Just a quick thought...

I spend a lot of time reading blogs of other adoptive families.  I'm always adding more blogs to my following list.  It's encouraging to read about other people, on the same adventure we're on.  It builds my faith, showing me that we will make it; it's hard, but not as scary as some of the adoption books make it out to be.  God will teach us, lead us, and bind us together.  And it reminds me, over and over, why we have chosen adoption.  I can't wait until the day when my posts will be filled with updates and stories about our new family.  In the meantime, I'll live vicariously through people I'll probably never meet this side of heaven, and continue to dream about my little guy, and what life will be like when he gets here.  If you have a minute (well, you might need an hour once you get started!) check out some of the blogs I follow, and see if your heart isn't stirred for adoption.  Go ahead.  I dare you.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Well, since I last posted, our homestudy has been finished, our dossier sent to the Philippines, and our I-800A filed with Immigration.  So now we wait for approval from two governments, try not to go insanse, and raise as much money as possible.  So on that note, I'd like to invite you all to a very special evening I am calling "Celebrate Adoption!  Because every child deserves a family."  This is a fundraiser dinner and silent auction on June 9th at 6:00pm at Monroeville Assembly of God.  For $20/$35 per couple, you will enjoy traditional Filipino food (I'd say authentic, but since Americans will be cooking it, I can't guarantee that!), inspiring speakers and special music, and have the opportunity to bid on a variety of auction items.  My goal for this night is not just to raise money for our adoption, but to celebrate adoption in general, and hopefully stir the idea of adopting in many other families.  So please put this night on your calendar, tell all your friends, and pray for us as we move closer to bringing our little guy home.  And if you're able to donate items for the auction, that would be great too!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hallelujah!!

The homestudy has been approved!!!!!!!!!!!!  Almost two months exactly, and I was starting to feel like it was never going to get finished!  But we should get it in the mail on Friday, then I have to mail it to the adoption agency, at which point they can send our dossier (fancy word for tons of paperwork!) to the Philippines.  After that, we have to wait for approval to adopt James, then approval to travel, etc.  A lot of waiting.  A lot of praying.  And a LOT of money.  So if you feel inclined to help with the praying and/or the money, please feel free! :)