God has been so good to us! We have been able to cross several things off the “To-do” list since my last post. First, we had our finger prints done and they are being sent off to West VA where they will be processed for the FBI background check. This is said to take about 90 days…please pray for quick processing so we aren’t waiting on those for the dossier! Next, we went to the Knox county court house to have our local background check pulled from the records department. That was interesting to say the least. After struggling to get parking (downtown…need I say more?) and getting the run around of why we were there from security, we finally found ourselves basement of the courthouse. The room was kinda sketch but we walked to the window (picture following) and gave the chick working there 20 bucks. She then spent 5 minutes typing away on her computer (while eating her lunch, I might add) and produced a piece of paper for each of us that stated there were 0 records found. Oh yeah, and it had an official seal on it. That’s it! Nick is proudly showing off his cleared document.photo (2) photo (3)

Alright, so now we’ve come to the adoption education. All God’s Children has 6 books they require us to read as well as homework to go along with the books.The first one we finished was called “Eyes Wide Open”. It lived up to it’s name because it brought up several issues that Nick and I hadn’t even thought of before. One particular subject was putting yourself in the following situation: basically imagine yourself taken to a place where you have never seen before surrounded by people you have never met and a language you have never spoken. The houses,streets,terrain, absolutely everything is new to you. You are then told that a group of people standing near by is your family. New mother, father, siblings, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, are all excited to see you but you are confused who is who and why they keep coming up and asking you questions. How would you feel? How might you react? According to that scenario,it’s likely  Bebe might feel scared and confused when we bring him/her home. The book talked about the different ways Bebe may react and ways to handle the situations. All in all, good things to keep in mind but also realize God is in control and will give us the grace we need for that time.  1 book down, 5 to go!

That being said, I’m really excited to announce that we have officially turned in the home study documents that we have been working on for the last 2 months. This doesn’t mean the homestudy is complete–we will need to do the in-home interview and additional follow ups with the home study agency. But,  by turning in the paperwork, we are a step closer to starting the dossier and immigration. Oh, still so much to do! 🙂 photo (4)

We had an amazing time with our families in Iowa during Thanksgiving week and are planning to go back for Christmas. We are so blessed with supportive families who are excited for us and are already excited to welcome Bebe into the family. I’m pretty convinced Bebe is gaining the best intermediate and extended family in the world!

In closing, I want to say that sometimes I get discouraged. I look at the big picture of what we have to accomplish before April 30th, 2015, and think, “Is it really worth it? Should we just wait to see if the Lord blesses us with a baby? What if I get pregnant and all of this work is for not? Why do we have to be so different than most other couples?” I had one of those days a couple of weeks ago and the Lord did two things. First, He reminded me that I am an adopted daughter. He adopted me when I was 17 years old and I have been undoubtedly His since then. He gave me this promise in His Word: ” He predestines us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will..” Ephesians 1:5 (In fact, just read the whole chapter, it’s amazing!). God knew I was going to be adopted into His eternal family even before the foundations of the world! Whoa, right??? Adoption is near and dear to His heart and I’m convinced that He is orchestrating every thing just perfectly so that Bebe comes to live with us, his/her forever family.

Last, please, please, PLEASE watch this video. This is huge,people. Out of all the countries that All God’s Children has adoption connections with, they chose Bulgaria to do a special on. WOW! We were not only able to see the orphanages that Bebe might live in before we pick him/her up but also stare into the faces of the most beautiful children and wonder even more what Bebe will look like. I’m not ashamed to say that we cried through the entire video. If you want to understand more about where Bebe will be coming from, please watch!

Bebe~We are hard at work to get you here! I know the moment I see your face all of this will be worth it. YOU are worth the wait and we cannot wait to be your parents!

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