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I just couldn’t think of anything. Please don’t throw rotten items of food at me.

This is a little bit overdue, but that’s okay since we got some good news today.

We have had our finger prints for AZ and the FBI done to make sure we haven’t committed any crimes since we began this process. Amie’s were rejected for being poor quality. No, no crimes. Just a lousy tech. So we had them redone. It took two trips as the line was moving way too slow the first time and we had to be somewhere.

We have our appointment for our fingerprints with DHS later this month. We had our home study updated to reflect Bill’s departure from the home. He’s on a one year contract in Afghanistan. So, we still haven’t been able to apply for our I-600.

Another delay is due to some paperwork their mother needs to sign. We need this to move forward. I’m not sure what the problem is, but this has to happen (cue to pray!).

We put together a photobook for the kids. We’re sending it over with a family that is getting ready to head over. The kids will be able to see the house, their new family etc. to help give them hope and hopefully get excited.

We continue to prepare the house for their arrival. We put down a deposit on a closet organizing system, or whatever they are called. Not California Closets, but a local guy. We’ve been painting things like there is a shortage coming. Soon we’ll paint the room and move Jadon into it. Then we prep the boys’ room and move Eli in. Thankfully we’ve got time for my body to recover from all this painting. I’m thankful for my docking station with speakers so I can listen to my iPod to ease the pain.

On the bright side, we heard back about the latest grant we applied for. We received the grant, and a significant one. Not as big as the one from Show Hope, but quite helpful. So, we are pretty thankful. It has been exciting to watch the Father provide. Very different from our previous adoption. Just because he did it one way the first time doesn’t mean he use different means this time. If you are embarking on this process, there is nearly no limit to the possible ways that he can use to provide what you need. You need to be responsible, and trust him. Last time we didn’t get any grants. I am amazed that it looks like we won’t incur any debt for this adoption, again. We are amazed!

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Great News


No, we didn’t hear back from the DRC on our referral request. The agency thinks the speed at which referrals are processed should be speeding up soon. That is certainly our prayer. Though we were disappointed that things are moving slower than anticipated, there was no crying or tailspins.

We have been waiting for news back on our numerous grant and loan applications. One of the more important grants we applied for indicated notification on or before my birthday. We hoped for a great birthday present. The deadline came and went last week. We figured it was a ‘no’.

Today we were notified that our grant request was granted. I’m subdued, and Amie is ecstatic.  The grant money will be sent to our adoption agency 3-4 months before we travel to complete the adoption. I’m not sure how all of this will work since the travel expenses won’t be paid through the agency (this is the last major expense). But I’m sure it will all pan out okay.

This is a huge positive for us. We’ve been feeling the burden (which is to be expected, honestly) but with things taking longer than expected our fees will increase, and there will be more time for us to “worry about tomorrow” when we should be focusing on today. This adoption process has been significantly different than our previous one. And this grant is another one of those differences. We were turned down back in 2007. The funding process for this adoption has been completely different, but the money has been there when we needed it. And for this, we are grateful!

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