Over the years we have made several paper chains to "count down" to some special event. This is one our most special paper chains. We call it our prayer chain. Each of us had 12 strips of paper and on the back side we wrote a prayer for our little guy. Bella wrote with me transcribing, anything from "Jesus please keep him stay safe" to "I hope that he wants a big sister like me." Zach wants divine intervention to help him be a "good soccer player or at least like the game." (Already done! I hear he loves soccer balls.) For me, the prayers were covering him in comfort when he had a bad dream, or when he makes his future transition, to helping to make me the mother he will need when he gets home, and in twenty years. As the days fall away, we break he chain and read the prayer aloud before our grace at dinner. We have 68 left. Then we will return and make a new prayer chain. And each of those prayers will bring him closer and closer to being home. Baby boy, we are waiting patiently. Knowing that the time before court is serving to prepare us and you for each other!
I feel like the most blessed mom and wife in the world. I have four great kids, 19, 16, 12 and 4 who are just the right combination of fun and naugthy. Our youngest was adopted from Ethiopia in 2009. We are in the process of adopting again. We used Gladney the first time, and loved them. We are using YWAM/CHI and I could not love them more. I love everything that they stand for. I love how they minister to the orphans and the families adopting. Before we adopted we were the soft landing place for 6 newborns until the adults in their world figured out a plan for them. It has been an amazing faith journey. Can't wait to see Him reveal HIs plan for us.
7/15/2011 We are number 8156 for receiving a court date
6/30/2011 Receive and Accept referral for a sweet little boy (waiting child). Wire $7900 (yes, $400 too much)
6/20/2011 Interagency fee ($1700)
6/16/2011 171h comes in the mail
6/10/2011 find out we are CIS approved
5/20/2011 police letters
5/18/2011 fingerprinted for CIS
5/7/2011 appt card came...appt is 5/18/2011!!!!
4/15/2011 Sent in i600a $975 (3 biometric appts + $720 fee)
4/10/2011 Homestudy approved $3000
3/25/2011 CHI approved $3000
3/18/2011 CHI application fee $600
Had called months ago inquiring about YWAM. They were closed to new families. Got an email saying they had opened the program. Deciding (praying on) whether or not we should be switching to YWAM/CHI. Switch.
2/11/2011 Home study finished (3 visits)
1/19/2011 Kate found our first task...passports about to expire!!! $369.92
1/13/2011 hired KBS dossier prep $575
1/13/2011 Adoption Resources (home study) application sent $1700
1/10/2011 Service agreement with Susanne Smith on phone
1/7/2011 Fingerprinting for FBI at police station $54.00
1/6/2011 Mailed CORI, SORI, etc
12/28/2010 Initial Gladney Application $307.50
12/27/2010 Intake interview with Debra Paris
12/16/2010 Gladney Intake info $50
12/2010 Discussion with Dr Albers about 6 year old little boy in ET. Counseled not to go forward. What to do??? $250