Thursday, July 31, 2014

We're Accepted!

Praise the Lord!
We got the call today that we have been formally accepted by Bethany Christian Services to Adopt from Ethiopia.
We are considered at "low risk" for being denied from the Ethiopian government. But the agency is fairly confident that will not happen.
Next phase is the Home Study.
Once we sign our contract and pay for it (the first big payment!) we get thrown into the home study phase. I know that this will be a series of interviews through our agency and our local social worker.

Please continue to pray for our future child, our home study, and our far far off court date in Ethiopia.

Also - this is the first post that I'm making public! Please look around, read the posts from the bottom up (in time order) and let us know if you have questions!
We are officially a future adoptive family!

Also another way you can help - we are looking for someone to donate a photo session to us so we can do some adoption announcement photos.

And share this with as many people as possible!

Love,
Kristen and Adam

Psalm 41:13 - Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Waiting Quietly

Psalm 62: 1,2 - I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation. 5 - Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him. 

It has been an eventful few days where nothing has actually HAPPENED. I guess, emotionally eventful. We created this blog to share our story, and that involves sharing our up and down moments, yes even when those down moments make us feel vulnerable.
So, we drove to Fairfax Tuesday night and met with our social work, Kristin O'Dell. She's amazing. There were 2 other couples there, so we were able to ask a ton of questions and we got a lot of information. It was great. While we were there we realized that my (Kristen) past anxiety could be a potential problem. Here in America, if you struggle with something, anxiety for example, and you seek help, we view that positively. Other countries, not so much. Now, how many of us have never been at a point in our lives where we should/could have sought help for anxiety? I think everyone has been there at some point or another. But since I saw a counselor in college, and took anti-anxiety medicine for a short period as an adult. After finding out that this might be a red flag for another country was momentarily devastating.
The next day was a day full of freaking out, that, thankfully, God taught us A LOT during a wacky emotional day. During the storm of emotions that Wednesday encompassed, we learned to wait on the Lord, and that we are only seeing part of the picture. Noah didn't know what the end of the picture would look like when God told him to build the ark, but he had faith that if God called him to do something God would see him through it. God is bigger than Noah's storm,a and God is bigger than man made rules. And we believe that God is calling us to this, and that He will see us through it to the end. We also realized that God is teaching us patience, and that God is still good. God is still good no matter what happens.
That brings us to today (KEEP READING THIS IS THE GOOD PART). So, I made an appointment with my doctor today to get the letter that my anxiety is not a big deal, and is not a part of my medical life any more. So I called, and my regular doctor was packed full, so I saw another doctor at the practice, Dr. Reid. I did not have high hopes for this appointment, I saw another doctor at the practice once and was not impressed. ANYWAY, I go to the appointment and the doctor comes in and asked what he can do, I explain the situation, and he says "since I am a father to 4 adopted kids myself, let me ask what lead you to adopt." AWESOME, I thought it was absolutely incredible that the doctor I was seeing has adopted and understands the process. After talking to him, I also find out that his adoptions were through Bethany Christian Services as well! Needless to say, he was more than happy to write the letter and knows exactly what the adoption agency wants to hear.
WOW, God is so cool, after teaching me what He wanted, we saw His grace, and His provision, omniscience, and were very reassured that we were following His path.
After a crappy, freak out of a day and waiting (not so quietly), God showed us a little bit more of the picture.
Psalm 106:1 -Praise the Lord, Give thanks to the Lord for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

We Were Adopted First

Ephesians 1:5 - God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

Today I have an update and something that we've been learning as we go through the adoption process. 

First the update: So, July 3 we submitted our formal application to Bethany Christian Services. And we are waiting to hear, because they need a note from my doctor. That's right, because my ovaries don't work they need a note from my doctor explaining that I will be healthy enough to be a parent and explaining why I'm on the medicines I'm on. So, we are frustrated because this is taking a while, and seems pretty silly. But we are confident that this will not be a reason for us not to be accept.ed. But we are also praying through this wait and praying for acceptance into the Ethiopia program. Tonight we are going to the BCS office in Fairfax for an information meeting, and we will get to meet our case worker. We are looking forward to it, but nervous since we haven't been accepted yet.

While we are waiting God is teaching us some important lessons. We've been told our whole lives that we are children of God, and that we have been adopted into His family. I think that this alone has a whole new meaning for me. As a future adoptive parent I understand the bond with a child that is not biologically mine, and that is not even a blip on the radar yet. I also feel that I can really put into perspective the idea that God chose us before the foundation of the world to be His children. Of course, my understanding of this is on a much smaller scale. We have chosen to be parents of a baby half the world away that we have never met, before she is born, and that will have who knows what experiences, family history, and who knows what else. We don't know who she is yet, and we still love her so much. And the indescribable love that we have for this baby we don't know is only a fraction of how much God loves us, and a fraction of what it means that God chose us so long ago. I wish I could explain in writing what God has been teaching me, hopefully this gives you a little glimpse of what I'm learning.