We are so encouraged and grateful by the outpouring of support and love the last two weeks. What a blessing to have people from all over the country coming on this journey with us. And to be so close to our goal already?!! We are in awe of those who have heeded the call to help us either in prayer or financially! We don’t take it for granted and we are so thankful that you have chosen to follow the Lord’s call to help! Thank you!! For update #2 I thought I would clue you in to where we have been, where we are now, and where we are going in this adoption journey.
Where we have been: The best way to describe where we have been is a timeline of events over the last 5 months. It has been lots of paperwork, lots of prayer, lots of talking and lots of learning.
- Nov. 3rd – Preliminary Application Submitted
- Nov. 30th – Personal Statement of Faith Submitted
- Dec 3rd – Adoption Info Meeting
- January 28th – Formal Application Submitted
- March 1st – Application Approved!!
- March 4th-5th – HOPE Conference Training, Little Rock, AR
- March 8th – First Home Study Interview
- March 12th – Baby Basics Training, Rogers, AR
- March 16th – Second Home Study Interview
- March 22nd – Third Home Study Interview
Where are we now: We are waiting. We don’t know how long we will be waiting all we know is that we have NO control and the Lord has ALL control. After meeting with our social worker in March 22nd we were told that we would become an official waiting family in the beginning of April (this week or next). Until then, we are waiting for our profile books to be delivered to our home and then promptly dropped off at the Bethany office.
After we are an official waiting family we are just that…a waiting family. There are about 20 waiting families right now in Arkansas, which generally is a good thing because it means our wait may not be very long. When we went to the initial info meeting back in December we were told that it is highly likely that we will have a placement sometime this year. They also said that a placement could happen as soon as we become a waiting family. So to put that clearly…we could have a baby next week…next month…this summer…this fall…next winter…who knows??? The Lord knows!!
We are trusting the Lord in our waiting…and probably buying a car seat soon…just in case 😉