Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Home Study Time

Time races sometimes.

And... the home study visit arrives on our door step this Saturday. I feel there are still so many things to prepare for. In my "perfect world of perfection", I like order. I prefer things to be just so. I prefer a clean house, a manicured lawn, and checking off items on my to-do list. Let's just say I am learning to let that all go.

While we will do our best to have our house sparkling, is that really what matters in the process of an adoption home visit? Definitely not.

Although it may be time for the home study, and I don't feel 100% prepared, time is precious. I desire  not to get caught up in the unknown, the uncontrollable, and the unimportant, but to prepare my heart and mind with the love of Christ. It is only because of Him that our love is able to flow out to others. I am so grateful to be going through an adoption and understanding more than ever what it means to be loved by God.

I want to focus on my time with God and what He desires to teach me this week, time with Chris and continuing the beautiful conversations we are having, and time with friends and family. Sounds perfect to me.

Time . . . how will you spend it this week?

Much love,

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Paperwork Process

Hey everyone,

Things have been moving quickly, as far as paperwork goes. We have a doctor's appointment scheduled Friday, July 16th, to get the last bit of paperwork completed for the home study. Once our home study agency has the letter from our doctor, they will schedule the home visit.

Regarding our dossier process, our adoption agency will have the paperwork to us within the next couple weeks. Once we receive the paperwork, there are several forms we have to have complete - another letter from our doctor, another employment letter, a letter stating we own our home, etc. Each form will then have to be notarized and apostilled. I had to look up the definition of apostilled. Basically, it is one step above a notary. It states the notary is in fact a notary for the state in which you live.

It has now been 1 month since we began the process. Please continue to pray for us as we move forward.
Much love,