Cute saying, right? To my delight, my sister in law recently gave me a mug with this on it. What does this have to do with our adoption, you ask? It didn’t at first but the more I pondered it and the Bible verse it’s based off of, it actually applies a lot to my current thoughts regarding the adoption.
Matthew 6:26 says “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?”
Stay with me here. I’m getting to the point 🙂
We started our adoption journey 17 months ago(that’s almost 2 times a pregnancy length!) and I can honestly say I’ve had moments of both singing and anxiety. We finished a homestudy and completed the dossier and started the real wait for the referral time in 2015. Ya know all of that worry and anxiety during that stage in the journey? Well, we will be entering that time again with our move to Iowa. My heart immediately fills with panic when I think about all that we need to get done before September 2016 when our updated immigration paperwork is due. Instead of updating a homestudy(which is what we would have had to do if we stayed in Knoxville ) we will be working on a whole new one in Des Moines with a new agency and new case worker. As you can imagine, I’m not super thrilled about this part of moving. Here’s a look at the timeline so you can freak out with me:
1. Move to Iowa the week of Christmas
2.Look for a new job as Nick continues to help families with our Primerica business
3. HOUSE HUNTING– We must have a house by the end of March in order to start the home visit stage of the homestudy. That means we will have around 90 days to find a house, apply for a loan, close on the house, and move in. All in the middle of a lovely Iowa winter. YIKES.
4. Start the 2-3 month process of gathering documents (for the second time) and meeting with a case worker.
5. Home study complete along with being notarized and sent to the capitol for the apostille seal
6. Send to USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) for clearance renewal so if we receive a referral call, we can travel to Bulgaria and bring Bebe home!
2016, you are going to be a busy one. Matthew 6:31 gives us an important command,”So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
According to the verse above, I think it’s time to replace that worry with some singing!
Here’s a list of reasons I’m going to sing instead of worry:
1.I’ve been shown the story of adoption into God’s family through my Salvation. Adoption is close to God’s heart because He CREATED it!
2.God used several life circumstances to soften my heart towards adoption. Trials and lessons learned = new beginnings and open doors
3.Love and support from family and friends ( I’m singing even louder at the thought of bringing Bebe home to our families in Iowa!)
4. A husband who lovingly walked me through the heart ache of a miscarriage and who somehow transferred his passion for adoption to this hard heart of mine. Bebe is lucky to already have the most amazing daddy!
5. We already know what to expect with the homestudy/home visit,why freak out?? 🙂
6. We have been given the opportunity to go half-way around the world to invite a child into our home so we can show them the love that we have already received. Added bonus: my travel itch will be scratched 🙂
So, there ya go. A peak inside the next couple of months and please feel free to remind me to sing instead of worry if you see me going down that road. I think we would all agree the world will be a better place without my freak outs.
P.S. Stay tuned for some amazing and fun ways to get involved in bringing Bebe home! Here’s some hints: unique handmade items and something for Bebe’s future bedroom!