Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Next Hurdles

Most of the small stuff has been completed now for the adoption, and the next hurdles are big ones.  I am excited that all of our notarized docs have returned with certification from the appropriate secretaries of state, and after mail today, all will be in the authentication process by the appropriate chinese consulates.  Our home study report is written and our home study social worker is just waiting for one last background check to come in from a previous state we lived in before she finalizes everything.  We will get to review her report and when it meets everyone's satisfaction, will be sent off for our adoption agency's approval.  Once that occurs, it must be approved by our social worker's agency, and then we can submit it to U.S. immigration for approval.  We will then be able to apply for the majority of grants out there...which means a lot more paperwork! 

These are the next big steps but it so exciting to see how far we've come and that we are finally at this place in the journey.  God is so faithful and we continue to see His hand in every detail, timing, and provision.  This school year is flying by and our exchange student leaves in three months.  Once he leaves, we will prepare the room he is in for our oldest son to move into, then be able to prepare Henry's part of the room he will share with our youngest son.  Everyone is excited as you can imagine!

I imagine the Lord, as patient as He is, gets even more excited with anticipation as He waits for all of us to come home"But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the
Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" 2 Peter 3:8,9 (NIV).
Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. We imagine this process seems even longer to Henry, so please lift him up- that he would be encouraged, patient, and excited throughout this journey. May the Lord bring him home soon!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Care for Henry

I have been doing some research this morning on medical care for Henry and was excited to talk with Shriner's Hospital. They will cover and care for all orthopedic-related medical conditions up until age 21, including therapy, walking supports, surgery, etc. And the lady I talked to was excited to hear about Henry!   That is good news today, and we're getting our last main docs notarized this afternoon so I can begin to wrap up major paperwork. Now for fundraising...ideas or help anyone???

Our sweetheart...

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Last Visit

Happy Valentine's Day!

We celebrated today in a last home study visit with our adoption social worker.  We have a few last items to collect/research to give her, and she is waiting on one of our out-of-state background checks to come in, but besides those things, she can finalize her home study report to turn in for approval.  This is an important step!

Our visit today was challenging as it was more about the what-ifs and what-to-do's in the adoption process itself than about us.  Today was a reality check, that the timeline could be longer than expected, that we could be denied approval for Henry by immigration or by the Chinese government (even though we have been pre-approved for him), and that we could even be matched with a different child.  We were challenged to consider the implications of bringing a child with long-term special needs into our famiy, and to be prepared in how we would handle different issues he may have.  It was sobering as we talked about these things, but really good at the same time.  We want to be prepared as much as possible, and we want to be both hopeful and realistic about the process and challenges ahead. 

We are set on going forward, determined to let God lead and close/open the doors as He chooses.  We know He has led us this far and goes before us, preparing the way.  We know that His heart beats for the orphan and adoption; that we are called to be His heart, hands, and voice; and that He is faithful to provide all that is needed to do so.  What a journey we are on... 

We continue to appreciate and need your prayers and encouragement as things move along.  Home study approval, immigration approval, then Chinese gov't approval...the next big steps to lift up with all the little ones in between, including financing this process! 

Thank you again and may you "have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God"  Ephesians 3:18-19 (NIV).