Well, the Christmas season is in full force and as usual, busy. However, we had a good home study visit yesterday, probably the last we will have in our home. Next time, we will drive in to meet our social worker in her area. She did get to meet our boys and they did great answering her questions, as well as listening as she sought to help prepare them for Henry's coming. We have one to two more visits, and still a few paper items to gather. However, our FBI background checks came in today, so two less!
We also have 12 hours of online parent training to do; then, once the home study is approved, we can submit for immigration approval to adopt internationally, as well as apply for grants. We do have fundraiser ideas in process, like selling flower bulbs in the new year, and doing a large rummage sale. For me, the paperwork is abundant but easy...it's the trusting God to provide such a large amount of money that tests my faith! However, I have seen God do it again and again and know He will come through. Henry was His idea and He is faithful always.
It continues to be a blessing to see how well Henry is doing in his foster home; he is getting to experience the wonder of Christmas with decorations and celebrations, and from what we've seen, he is a good eater and likes American food! We can't wait for him and Lucy to open the gifts we sent them. We also just cannot wait to hold him and share our lives with him. The boys are really getting excited and as God would design it, have a great big brother from Armenia showing them how to be great big brothers themselves. God is good!
Let us remember orphans this Christmas, whether from abandonment, sickness, violence, or whatever. Christmas is difficult for any of us without loved ones, but especially for those who have had no one to begin with. Steven Curtis Chapman wrote a song from an orphan's perspective:
All I really want for Christmas is someone to tuck me in
A shoulder to cry on if I lose, shoulders to ride on if I win
There's so much I could ask for, but there's just one thing I need
All I really want for Christmas is a family
Merry Christmas to you all; may your heart be a home for the Christ-child and full of love for the orphan-child.