Friday, March 30, 2012

Russia it is!

When you look at this photo, what feelings, emotions does it bring up?
This is one of those photos that has gripped my heart from the moment I saw this girl.
Seeing photos, and getting stats are what we at present base our thoughts and feelings on. We are so grateful that the Lord is above all of it, and is guiding every step of the way.

We got good news yesterday from our Adgency that said we should be able to have a child (children) in our home and finalized by this time next year. While this is super exciting its also super scary.
What type of parent will we be. What things are we going to have to experience with this child.
What things from the orphanage are we going to have to struggle with?

Monday, March 12, 2012

We Have Direction!

Russian Children in a school!

Children from Columbia!

Our heart was to adopt from Bethany Christian and we have been trying to get in touch with them for a year. We finally got info from our case worker that she worked with a family that went thru Bethany and they live here in Germany. So we got really excited, and contacted the person she went with at Bethany.  This lady was amazing, and helped in lots of ways. She got in touch with the office in Il that we have residency with and finally we got some answers. Because of Illinois laws, we have to be foster parents first in order to adopt. We had been praying for direction and felt like if they came with a no, than we knew we were supposed to adopt from Columbia.  So, after a crazy email chain today, we are staying with the agency we are doing our home study with and adopting one or two children from either Russia, or Columbia. 

Its a weird thing when looking at listing of children waiting for forever homes. My heart breaks, as I think how can I look at these kids and only decided on one. There are so many that need homes. 
My heart breaks reading the profiles, and stories, but reality is we can't adopt everyone, but we can do our part. We also know that the Lord has children out there for us, waiting to call us Momma and Daddy. Even typing those words, is a strange thing thinking about the thought of that. 

I also think of the scene in the movie Facing the Giants. The main character's wife shares a statement and says, " I just keep thinking, how can I miss someone so much that I have never even met." 

This is our hearts cry as we think of our kids out there waiting for us. We pray daily for them, that they would be protected and that the Lord would draw us to them in His timing.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

ITS IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ITS IN!!! 
Its finally in. can it be?

We met with our social worker today, after a few reschedules due to sickness on both parts. But, its finally in.
After all the id, taxes, backgrounds and education classes we are finally on our way to finding Hope. When we went into this meeting, we were unsure of where the Lord was leading. OF course we thought about things, and the best options, but when talking with her we had all our fears and questions answered. The Lord was answering thru her, and she didn't even know it. Amazing. 
This paper chase is likened to 9 months of pregnancy as it has all the same emotions, but the added stress of not knowing time, and who the Lord will have. 
We did get some direction as to where the Lord might be leading, but we are in prayer stage at the moment. We are hoping to go with Bethany Christian Services from Virginia Beach as we met someone in a similar spot who worked with them. There adoption went quick meaning in 3 months after the homestudy they went to go get the baby. Amazing.....
So here we sit, waiting to see what the Lord will do.