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I’ve been working on a SS series on Revelation lately. Too much.

We’ve been working on getting the house ready, as many of you know.  This weekend we painted the room the girls will be in. Our friend and renter is now on the other side of the world.  The room has been cleared out, the closet organizer will be installed tomorrow. So we painted. The walls here just seem to soak up paint. Crazy, I say.

We bought 2 adapters for the bed frames since the head boards Amie found on Craigs List had the old fashioned slots. So, I put both frames and head boards together and moved Jadon’s bed into the room. We still need a mattress for Micah, but we purchased a Living Social deal to cover that.

We’ll be moving a small chest of drawers we have between the beds to act as a night stand with additional storage. But you can get an idea of how things will look in there. We may start over with wall decorations. Tough question- do we put up baby pictures of Jadon? Would that bother Micah? Eli was much younger when we adopted him so it doesn’t seem to have been an issue for him. And they didn’t share a room. Something for us to think about.

On a slightly different note, Eli had his eval at the Shriners’ Hospital in LA. He will be having another surgery soon. This is one of the things you can’t always anticipate with adopted kids (and biological ones too). We knew he was a “special needs” child and anticipated medical care. We have heard from other adoptive parents whose kids have needed lots of care, especially dental care, upon coming home. The kids were not “special needs”. So we need to be prepared for the possibility of high medical expenses in the next year.

Tomorrow we head in for our fingerprints for DHS. Yes, they can’t just run them again because I might have changed into someone else. That’s me, a shape shifter.

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Feeling like the pocket is crumbling.

Life has been crazy lately.  You might say we’ve been overwhelmed with certain aspects of the adoption process.

This time things have been different.  Our circumstances have changed, and the the nation is in an economic slump that has hit many people close to us.  Many of the people who assisted us with the first adoption are not able to assist us.  This adoption is also more expensive. People have bought coffee from our store, but no one has taken advantage of the ability to give online.  But we trust God to provide in ways we don’t quite expect.

As a result, we have been apply for lots of grants and loans to make this happen.  This while we continue to await our tax refund. In the midst of the paperwork I developed an infection on my left (writing) hand which limited my ability to help Amie since I was soaking my hand when I was home.  So you could pray about those.

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When I posted “#6” on my Facebook status last week, I bet a number of people thought I was referring to the number of losses the Red Sox had since coincidentally their losing streak went to 6 that same day.  No one asked what I meant.  Maybe they just chalked it up to my eccentricities.  But here is the lowdown.

We recently asked the adoption agency for our place in line (though I guess we might still be the last in line which gets me to thinking), we were informed our place was #6.  There are variables that exist in all of this.  Each of the 5 families in front of us will have different preferences (older kids, younger kids, only girls, etc.).  So, it is possible we may pass some of them (I think) since we have no expressed preferences for gender.

The orphanage has a far greater capacity than is currently being used.  But some government officials recently visited the facility and it looks like they may be giving the orphanage more referrals in the near future.  Most of the children there now are in the 3-5 year-old range.  Most people want younger children.  Which led me to ask the next question.

“Do you teach the children basic English?”  I wondered this for 2 reasons.  First, since the agency owns/runs the orphanage it would seem likely that all/most of the children would be coming to America if adopted.  2nd, even though our son seemed to understand English, his inability to communicate with us amplified the frustration on both sides of the equation.  If they taught the kids basic English, I’m be more likely to bump up the age limit for the kid(s) we adopt.

This is one of the things they want to do, but have been unable to implement thus far.  English-speakers are hard to find in the DRC  The more immediate priority, financially, is providing a vehicle for the use of the orphanage particularly the director.  This would make her life far easier regarding medical appointments, getting supplies etc.

So, if you like teaching ESL, and want to teach orphans in the Congo… let our agency know.  If you have money toward a vehicle for the orpahange … let our agency know.

We’d appreciate prayer as we work through the possibility of adopting one (or 2) of those 3-5 year-olds.  We want to be wise, though the transition will be difficult no matter what age the child is unless they are a newborn.

Here’s what I was thinking of … the late Ronnie James Dio from the mid-80’s.  The Last in Line.

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Now that the holidays are done, we sent off the I-600A.  Thankfully we had enough money to cover all of the fees (over $1,000).  This is a major step in the process.  We are asking the Dept. of Immigration (or some such gov’t agency) to allow us to adopt an orphan from another country.

For some reason one on-line form did not like the MacBook.  I installed the latest version of Acrobat, and still no dice.  So I had to do it from the office.  I decided I might as well fill out the form on the computer since my handwriting is less than coherent.  We printed it, signed it and sent it out.  They will send us electronic notification of approval/denial.

In a strange twist to prove how inefficient governments are, all of the forms are sent to a centralized location and then to one of 3 offices around the country.  One is in Phoenix.  Yeah, instead of just sending it 90 miles away, we have to send it cross country so they can send it back across the country.  If you are a bureaucrat, sorry, but some of you guys need to go to business school- ASAP!

Now, you guessed it, we wait.

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