Saturday, February 25, 2006

USCIS form

We just got our U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services letter back. This is required before getting fingerprints which are required to adopt a child into the US. We mailed off for it on January 31st, so that means it took a little less than 1 month to process. NOW...we will be finishing up collecting our home study paperwork, probably by the end of next week. We have met individually with our social worker to discuss our autobiographies. This was fun for both of us. It was neat to have somebody's undivided attention while being invited to tell the story of our lives. Next Tuesday, she will be coming to our house to complete the final meeting with us as a family. Our social worker will then write up our home study document and we'll get fingerprinted and begin our first wait. We have been working on our adoption for 47 days now and things have been fairly easy to complete. This has been a great blessing for us, being so busy in our schedules right now.
The LORD performs righteous deeds
And judgments for all who are oppressed.
Psalm 103:6

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Day 33

Well, we've been in this adoption for 33 days now. I just wanted to give an update as to what is complete or in the works at this point. I just finished reading the first 6 chapters of Deuteronomy and it makes me want to remember (not only in this process) how faithful God is and how we need to set remembrances for ourselves because it is true to our nature to forget His compassion.
We are in the final stages of our home study. We pretty much have fulfilled all of the requirements but are waiting on documentation from people who are helping us. For our dossier, we are only waiting for birth certificate copies, some of the same documentation, and a psychological exam. This is proving to be a very hard thing to complete. There are a number of counselors and social workers we've been able to make connections with, but psychologists? It is so far the most difficult and frustrating thing. Which, I have to say, isn't even terribly frustrating, but compared to the ease of completing all the other tasks...
So there you have it! We are cruising along, so thankful that AWAA is such an amazing organization, thankful that we are able to have flexibility in our schedules to accommodate appointments and meetings, and rejoicing in the fact that God is bringing us into this and that we get to know even more "today, and take it to our hearts, that the Lord, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other." Deut 4:39

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Grits

Dim Sum, Bagles, and Grits
By Myra Alperson

What an odd book. This was on a list of books to read to help familiarize ourselves with what things can be like when adopting an international child. It was written by a single woman who adopted an international girl. Many of the references were stories about single women adopting. The overall flavor of the book tasted more like a praise of doing what you want and what makes you happy more than a celebration of international families. There were definitely a few sections that made me really start to think of what it will be like to have a family that doesn't "match".

It's true, though. God is building families that look like His kingdom!