One moment we are in the comfortable lobby of an adoption agency, the smells of coffee and smoothies drifting in from the café run by single mothers next door. A woman in her 60s is holding a curly haired boy. His hand grips her shoulder as she gently places him on the ground and holds … Continue reading The Journey Home
It's happening! We were really approved! I was elated, but not suprised. Last week, Josh hopped in his car and heard "Do it Again", the song with the beautiful lyrics, "I've seen you move, you move the mountains. And I believe I'll see you do it again." That song has been dear to me, so … Continue reading EP Approval!
"I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." Psalm 27: 13-14 I keep trying to write this post, but I am so overwhelmed with gratitude that I just keep stopping to pray "Thank you, thank you, thank you." We heard … Continue reading WE MADE IT: EP Submission!
I feel like I've been trusted with such a precious thing, and I hope that I can tell it well. Life is now broken up into two parts: Before Sam and After Sam. When you think about it, all major life changes work that way. There's before college and after, before marriage and after, before … Continue reading Our own little miracle — i600a approval
I am so excited to say that our home study is in the final round of revisions/signatures and nearly ready to send to Korea! Along with our home study, we will also be sending our referral acceptance (ATK) paperwork. Our agency is mailing it to us to sign/notarize this week, and then we will send … Continue reading Dossier is ALMOST ready!
The past week has been nothing short of a miracle to me. I shouldn't be surprised by it, and yet every time God shows up the way he does in the smallest, but most significant details, I stand in awe with reverence and joy. Disclaimer: This post is LONG. I probably should have split it … Continue reading Our lives changed today.
I'm sort of conflicted on how to write this update. The short version is: there's no update. Everything is still on hold until the home study is written. The longer version is: For the first time in this process, we are starting to see waiting kids pop up that we qualify for (due to Elliott's … Continue reading Keeping our eyes and hearts open
Our final home study visit was early Sunday afternoon at a Starbucks. It was short and sweet, more of a formality and confirming everything rather than new information. So now we wait! This will be our default mode for the rest of this process -- hurry up and wait. After talking through the timeline more … Continue reading All home study visits are DONE!
I am beginning to think the recurring theme for the Home Study might be, "Well, that wasn't as hard as I thought it would be." Yesterday was our second home study visit. Once again, I had a plan and that plan did not happen. I thought I would take the boys to Mother's Day Out, … Continue reading Home Study Visit #2
I went from all at peace about the home study to a ball of nerves in about 24 hours. Organization and managing details are not strengths of mine at all. I can usually manage well enough to keep us functioning as a family, but it's not how I would ever choose to create a first … Continue reading All about the first home study visit