Posts Tagged ‘Mark Farner’

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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At some point Grand Funk Railroad’s Mark Farner became a Christian.  I was never a GFR fan, but I picked up his solo album Just Another Injustice and enjoyed it.  I can’t seem to find a video for the title song, so Judgement Day Blues will have to do.

What brings this up?  The great differences in process for people seeking to receive their adoption tax credit.  Our taxes haven’t even been filed because our accounting firm is waiting to find out what “additional information” is needed.  The IRS office they’ve been working with has not been clear.  You reply and wait until they get to you.

There are a large number of frustrated people out there.  But some have experienced a rather smooth process.  One couple that traveled with Amie to China adopted from the Congo in 2010.  They got their adoption refunds without a problem.  No questions asked.

But the other extreme seems far more common on the adoption boards.  I hesitate to link. While I wonder how our government can afford this, I also know they made a promise to citizens.  The IRS, in many cases, is resisting the law passive-aggressively.  Some offices appear to be holding up the process without clearly communicating what additional documentation is needed to verify the adoption refund (my accountant has scanned copies of all our receipts ready to go).

I’m just wondering at what point do we call our elected officials to let them know how citizens, rightfully expecting the government to obey it’s own tax laws, are being delayed, put off and more.  Some agents are doing their job well.  But some are making the lives of citizens unnecessarily miserable.

I happen to be preaching on James 5:1-6 this week.  Part of it says:

4Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts (armies).

So, someone greater than our elected officials hears our cries.  I take comfort in this.

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