Posted on August 1, 2017
Hello sweet family and friends! It has been a bit since we have updated y'all on the happenings of our adoption so I thought I would take a minute and catch you up!
Since we started this process on March 31st we have been in the what they call the home study. Lifeline conducts several interviews with us, together and separately to get to know us on a more personal level. We also have an abundant amount of paperwork and discussion questions that are to be completed together at home before each session. This has been about a 4 month process. We had our last interview yesterday and we may or may not have done a happy dance when it was over! Don't get me wrong, it's been pretty awesome to see how much these sessions have prepared us and strengthened our marriage but we are more than ready to move on to the next step of our adoption. What is the next step you ask??
While we wait for our home study to be approved we are working on our profile book. With a domestic adoption, each family puts together a profile book with pictures and descriptions of what it would look like to be a part of our family. These books are then given to Birth Moms to review and prayerfully consider a "match" and ultimately a placement of the baby into our family. This book y'all. It may not seem like a big deal but it's pretty huge. It has brought me to tears, and not in a good way. I have had to just stop and pray about the words, pictures and what this Birth Mom must be thinking as she is reading it. It's consuming. Just being real! We took a few days break from it to attend the Lifeline Adoption Conference in Birmingham, Al. Wow, talk about God's perfect timing. There were testimonies shared from Adoptive families, Birth Moms, and a lady that was adopted herself. We also had breakout sessions with different topics such as Birth Mom Ministry, Transracial Adoption and How to Keep your Marriage First. It was a fabulous weekend. We were able to meet other couples that are going through this journey too. Anyways, back to my major God moment... the panel of adoptive parents spoke of their story, timeline and just encouraging words. One lady started to talk and just stopped and said "some of you are working on that dang book. Please please please do not stress about it. God has your child picked for you already and no matter what your book says, she will pick it because it is God's will, not because your pictures looked professional." Oh friends, I lost it. This was meant for me to hear. I needed that so bad. I wrote that quote down right away because I know I will need it again, but that is what I need to remember always. This miracle of a baby is already handpicked from God for US. So we will continue to work on that book with a smile and happily submit it once our home study is approved. Then, we wait. We wait for that handpicked family to be matched with us and we go from there! Friends, this is such an exciting time for our family but we are asking for your prayers. Prayers for our Birth Mom, what a courageous woman. She is making the biggest sacrifice for her baby to have a life he/she deserves. Pray for her heart and most importantly her salvation. Pray for us as we continue to fundraise. Pray for us in our time of waiting. Pray for our hearts to be open to any type of situation. Thank you all so so much from the bottom of our hearts for your love and support. We are beyond grateful!
NEXT FUNDRASIER!August 26th, 2017 – LULAROE AND LIPSENSE FOR BABY ROSS! Come eat, fellowship and shop some super cute BRAND NEW STYLES of the ever so comfortable and beautiful clothes, LulaRoe. Match it with a pretty lip color and skin care products from Lipsense! You can’t go wrong. We can’t wait – it’s going to be so fun! * Check Facebook for more details *