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).