Thursday, February 11, 2010

Could it be true?

Today we had our first homestudy meeting, which went very well. Of course, we now have a huge mound of paperwork to begin, but we knew that was coming! The amazing thing is how fingerprinting has changed since our last adoption. In 2006, we had to get separate clearances for DCFS, Illinois State police, the FBI, and immigration. Because my prints came back as "unreadable" a few times, I think I was printed a total of seven or eight times.

Today our social worker told us that DCFS, state, and FBI clearances can all come from the same set of prints now, AND they do them in the lobby of the building we are in, AND they are doing them today, AND it's free! So we marched down to the lobby where they did a live scan on each of us, and except for the immigration prints, we might actually be DONE with fingerprints! Woooo hoooo!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Why adopt again?

That's a good question. We are very content with our lives right now. Why would we embark on a journey that is certain to be stressful, expensive, and difficult? Why would we consider adding a child with a special need to our family? These are questions we have talked about extensively as we begin this adoption. The short answer is, why not? There are millions of orphans in the world in need of families. Scripture commands us to care for orphans. We have room, we have food, we have plenty of love, and most importantly, we know Jesus. We desire that the Lord would use us to help our new daughter understand her worth and value in His sight, and that He would draw her into a saving relationship with Himself. In the end, it's really not about us at all. The better question to ask is not why adopt, but rather, how could we NOT?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Here we go again!

Welcome to our blog! We are happy to announce that we are beginning another adoption journey! On Monday, February 1st, we applied with Holt International to adopt a little girl from China through their Child of Promise option. She will have a minor/correctable special need, and we anticiapte that the process will take between 14 and 18 months. We are excited to see how the Lord will work to bring another daughter into our home, and we will use this blog to keep you updated through the process. We covet your prayers as we begin all of the paperwork again!