We've made little steps of progress this week in our adoption journey. I finished and ordered Henry's photo album, our FBI background check requests have been sent in, I've done some research on grant possibilities, and our first home study visit has been scheduled for the 20th. In addition, I got Henry and Lucy's Christmas gifts mailed off this morning (I spent the day with Lucy from New Day foster home while in China). Our boys had fun shopping with me for them, so we hope they are very blessed by the gifts!
Perhaps one of the biggest steps was just getting all the paperwork organized into a folder that could keep us straight and meeting deadlines. We're working with three different organizations in this process: CCAI, CHI, and New Day. Other institutions come into play along the way, like CCCWA and CIS. So, you can see that organization is very important!
We know that delays or changes could occur along the way, but practically speaking, if we get our paperwork and finances in, and everything is approved and moving along as usual, we really should be clear to go get Henry early this summer...Lord willing!!! A number of people have asked about the timeline- it is a lot quicker with waiting children, those who have special needs, are siblings, and/or are older. We have a lot of paperwork to gather but as my husband would say about me, it's a good thing I like filling out forms!
Thank you for your continued encouragement, support, and prayers! There is much still yet to do but we certainly want to celebrate the small steps along the way. So much to be thankful for!
And by the way, November is National Adoption Month. Are you interested? Check it out and see what God may have in store!