Thursday, July 17, 2014

Adoption Update: Let the Wait Begin!


Adoption Announcement


Our homestudy has been completed!  We are "active" again!

Over the past several weeks, we have had to attend a day long class about adoption, fill out hours worth of paperwork, put together writings and pictures about every aspect of our lives for the profile that the birthmother uses to choose her family, and do everything from being fingerprinted to getting physicals to having our home inspected by the agency.  (Whew, I'm out of breath just writing all of this!)  And although that took a lot of time and required a lot of running around, it actually was the easiest part of the process.

Now that we're back on the "list", all that is left to do is...wait.  There’s nothing else to do.  And that is hard, let me tell you.  Because for me, waiting equals worrying since everything that happens during this time of waiting is completely out of my control.

So while we wait, will you please join us in something that we can do?  And that would be to pray.

As we look forward to a new little one to join our family, we pray for peace, strength, and health for the birthmother (and father), for health for the baby, for guidance for the counselors at the agency, and for peace for our family and to trust in His Plan. 

But what we pray for the most is what is best for the mother and baby – no matter what – even if that means “what’s best” is not with our family. 

When we had a “fall through” adoption in 2012, that prayer is what helped us get through it.  Even though it was extremely difficult and upsetting to lose this baby, we knew that her decision to parent was God’s Plan for her, the baby, and us.  God had another little one out there for us - our little Buster.  If we had brought home this baby, B wouldn’t be with us.  And he was always meant to be in our family. 

So the most important thing we can do while we wait is to pray and daily give that worry and control over to God (which I'm sure you agree with me that it is definitely easier said than done!). 

What helps you the most to not worry during periods of waiting?

Adoption Announcement
I couldn't decide between the two announcements, so I chose both!


 
Also, I'm guest posting for Emily over at Raising Barnes today while her husband is recovering from knee surgery.  (So while you're at it, could you please say a little prayer for her family too?)  I've written about a little gem I've learned about adoption lately:  how even my adopted children can be my mini-mes.  Please go give us some love over at her blog.  She has a wonderful blog about motherhood and life that's full of fun and her smiley son Simon!  I know you'll love it just as much as I do.

Thanks for joining us in prayer and sharing in this journey with us!



               


Sharing my Thoughts for Thursday with Natalie and Annie and 
Five on Friday along with  Lauren Elizabeth, Karli, and Amy this week!  Join the fun!
And a last minute link up for Mommy Moments with Faith and Blogger's Digest with Jessica.

"For this child I have prayed..." 1 Samuel 1:27

21 comments:

  1. I admire couples who have the strength and patience to adopt children. I will be praying for you and your sweet little family. Stopping by from the link up :)

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    1. Thank you so much! We feel very blessed! -Jess

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  2. This is precious! I pray that you and your family get the child you meant to have. Stopping by from link up.

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    1. Thank you so much for your prayers! It means so much to us! -Jess

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    1. We really appreciate it! Prayers are what get us through! -Jess

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  4. Stopping by from the link-up. God Bless you and your family with your big hearts!

    XO Sarita
    Come by and say hi www.itsagirlgirlworld.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! We feel so very blessed! -Jess

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  5. So excited for your family and sending lots of prayers your way!!! Such and exciting time! Thanks for linking up :)

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    1. We are so excited...and nervous too! So thank you for the prayers and for hosting too! -Jess

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  6. Sending you and your family lots of prayers! Adoption is an amazing thing - both my husband and my mom are adopted, and it can give a child more love than ever could have been possible. Your little ones are adorable and clearly loved beyond words!

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    1. When we started this journey, we really didn't know anyone else who was/had adopted. Since then, we have met so many wonderful people with adoption in their lives, and you can just see that love and joy that it brings to families. Thanks for sharing! Adoption is such a blessing! -Jess

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  7. gah! i'm dying over your cute family! CONGRATULATIONS! this is the first time i've seen your blog and i can't wait to follow along!

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    1. Thank you! We feel very blessed. I'll be updating whenever we get news! I just found your blog through the link up, and your family is so cute. Congrats on another little girl for you! Thanks for hosting the link up :) -Jess

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  8. Such exciting news! Congratulations! Your family is darling!

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    1. Thank you so much! We feel blessed beyond words. Can't wait to see what this new chapter holds for us. -Jess

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  9. Congratulations!!! Sending lots of prayers! Can't wait to follow along on the adventure! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! We're excited and nervous...so we really appreciate the prayers! :) -Jess

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  10. Waiting is so tough - I will be praying for you, your family and sweet new addition. Just remember James 1:3! The lessons that you learn during this time will be invaluable for your family and new child! What an amazing testimony you are building :) :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your advice, kind words, and especially for the prayers! That means so much to us! -Jess

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  11. Congrats on adopting again! We will keep you in our prayers!

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