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!

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