I think I’m still adjusting to our domestic adoption plans being public knowledge! It was a sweet time of prayer + closeness for me and Dan as we quietly considered the possibility and took the steps to get it rolling.
You might have a lot of questions. I do, too. The biggest one being: How and when is this going to happen, God? That one is yet to be decided.
But, a few things I can answer:
+ Are you doing foster care adoption or infant adoption?
Infant adoption right now. For several reasons, we aren’t a good fit for foster care adoption right now. But boy, it’s on my heart!
+ Where are you in the process?
We believe our home study will be approved this week. We have all the other paperwork squared away, which means we’ll be “active” very, very soon.
+ What agency are you using?
Just as with our international adoption, I won’t be blogging about this. I’m always happy to share privately, though! Nothing to hide… I just don’t like the idea of my entire blog and posts related to adoption being representative of an agency and all their clients’ experiences if the agency’s name is Google searched.
+ Will you be fundraising?
Yes and no. We are extremely grateful for the huge support we’ve received for T + E’s adoption. Extremely grateful. We feel a bit uncomfortable immediately launching into that again. (Please know your support for our international adoption has gone straight to our expenses. Unless something big + unexpected comes up, we have everything in order for those remaining expenses! Praise God!)
We had shirts made with a quote that’s been significant to us lately, and we’re selling those. We’re also again applying for any grant we qualify for.
We’re believing God will make a way for this. And that we won’t have to put ourselves in a situation that is financially unwise.
+ How will this affect your international adoption?
Our commitment to the boys has not changed. And I’d say it’s even intensified. Because we want to respect processes and parties involve in our adoptions, we will put our domestic adoption on hold immediately if we learn the boys’ homecoming is near and certain. We’ve love your prayers on this one. The process lately has been anything but certain, so we need a healthy dose of discernment only the Lord can provide on how to proceed at any give time.
We are mentally and physically preparing for all outcomes. I’ve made a lot of lists. And maybe had a breakdown in IKEA.
We have prayed over and over for the Lord to make us aware of the ways we are already equipped. We have told Him we know He won’t give us more than we can handle. And we know He meets all our needs.
So, there you have it. Do you sense a bit of nervousness in my “voice?” I am nervous. And there is beauty in risk.
Come back tomorrow for a Minted store credit giveaway! And later this week for a more formal There Is Beauty In Risk t-shirt post!
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