Our Homestudy Has Started

This past Thursday, Adam and I started our homestudy process with Wide Horizons For Children in Waltham. Our meeting with our social worker, Carol,  took almost 2 1/2 hours and were a bit tired by the end, to say the least. We talked mostly about our marriage: how we met, what attracted us to each other, what we think each other’s strengths/weaknesses are, how we handle conflict, etc. It was fun to think back to when we started dating and talk about how our relationship has grown. I couldn’t help but think that we have alot of FUN together. I feel so blessed to have Adam as my husband.

The other great part about our time with Carol was that we were able to share why we wanted to adopt. We got to share a little about  our faith and that adoption to us isn’t JUST a means to start a family. We also were able to talk to her alot about Moldova and how much we love the country and what we have been doing there for the last 6 years.

We have 3 more visits to complete our homestudy: 5/2~Adam meets with Carol individually; 5/15~I meet with Carol individually; 5/31~Carol comes to our apartment to check it out. And on 5/21 we have to attend an 8 hour adoption workshop to meet the requirements for our homestudy. So, needless to say, May will be a busy month!

We decided on names: “Hope” for a girl and “Noah” for a boy.  When you pray, will you pray for him/her by name?  Hope/Noah is probably around 6 months-1 yr old right now. Please pray for protection as well as pray for the caregivers in the orphanage, that they will be filled with genuine love for the kids there so that when Hope/Noah comes home he/she will already know what love feels like and will be able to attach to us easier.

Psalm 139:16,17~ “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”  Can’t wait to read this verse to Hope/Noah:)

We  pray you had a beautiful Easter! As I get older, Easter has become my favorite holdiay. There is so much joy in the fact that the tomb was empty and Jesus is alive. There is victory, power, and hope for our lives in it. Our church had a beautiful service and afterwards, Adam’s family came over to have dinner with us. After they left we made our annual trip to CVS to find leftover Cadbury Mini-Eggs:)

We appreciate each of you..thank you for praying!!

Faithful Reminders

Over the month of March, I have been trying to raise money for our adoption through my Pampered Chef business. Starting out, my prayer was to raise at least $1000 to help offset the cost of our next round of payments to our adoption agency. For me, this was a big goal because I don’t make a huge commission off the products and knew to take home $1000 would require some big sales. So i just kept praying through it.
One of the women who responded to host a show for me sent me an e-mail this past week. She had been discouraged that she hadn’t been able to collect as many orders as she had hoped for so she started to spend some time in prayer over it. That afternoon the doorbell rang. It was the mailman delivering certified mail. In the envelope was a note from a friend of a friend stating that she heard about Adam and I’s adoption and didn’t really need any kitchen items, but felt burdened to give towards our adoption fund. Attached to the note was a check for a $1000!!! Of course, I had to read it a hundred times and then I started crying.:)
Isn’t God amazing? It is these moments that Adam and I cling to when we start to doubt or feel anxious. 2 Corinthians 9 talks about God’s generous provision and we have certainly felt that this week. I know there are some friends out there who are taking some steps of faith..I encourage you to keep trusting~God is there, is sovereign, and is the Ultimate Provider.
We are hoping to re-schedule our home study soon and get the process moving again. We received the green light from Carolina Adoption now that I am working:) (Oh P.S. I LOVE my job:)
We’ll keep you posted! Thanks for checking in:)