Where we are at today

Monday night, Adam and I met with Carol, our social worker to just catch up on where we stand in the adoption process. I thought I would just give you all a quick update on what’s been done and what we are currently working on:

We are working on acquiring the last few forms we need to submit to Carol so that she can write up our home study. Our goal is to get these things done this weekend. I’m laughing as I type this because I am thinking of the five million things that need to be done the week before Christmas. Carol hopes that she will be able to have it written by sometime in January.

Next step will be for the home study to be handed off to US-CIS which is a branch of Immigration to be reviewed. They will then release it to Carolina Adoption Services. Then the real fun begins…putting together all of our international paperwork.
Could you pray for one specific thing right now?
1. My medical report: THANKFULLY it is current enough for Carol to write it for our home study (I just found out today) However, because of the date it was done, we only have 6 months for it to be valid with US-CIS so the home study can be approved. This brings us to March 1, 2012. I am fervently working on getting another doctors appointment ASAP, but right now the earliest one I have isn’t until April 26. Please pray that I am able to get another appointment and/or that we can get the last of this paperwork done quickly so we can submit it for approval.

Update on Moldova:
A representative from Carolina Adoption just returned from Moldova in which she helped 2 families finalize their adoptions. These families had been in limbo for quite some time and CAS was able to help them bring their kids home! Such awesome news. Currently, a meeting is still waiting to be scheduled with the head department that runs the adoptions in Moldova. Unfortunately a date hasn’t been set yet. This meeting is supposed to help smooth out all the kinks and finalize their regulations surrounding adoption. Knowing Moldova as we do, it could be awhile. So we continue to wait…and pray. Carol asked us how long we wanted to wait and asked what our next plan would be if we decided against Moldova. We just looked at each other and were honest: we don’t have another plan. We told her very clearly that we have faith that God has placed us on this path and has brought us to Moldova. Right now neither of us have felt that God has closed this door for us so we will continue to press on. I know it sounds crazy. Those close to Adam and I know how much we desire a family and would do anything to have it happen right now. Yet, we truly believe we are on the path God has laid out for us. And He is requiring us to trust completely in HIS timing not our own. The Bible is full of examples in which God asks His followers to follow in complete faith, to listen to only HIS instructions, even if it didn’t quite make sense to others.

So that’s where are right now…walking in faith, trusting in God’s voice to guide us, and enjoying what He’s teaching us along the way.

I was reading this verse this morning:
Psalm 138:8~ “The Lord will work out His plans for my life- for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.”
So comforting. Thanks for checking in 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Where we are at today

  1. Colleen, I love your beautiful heart and devotion to following God's lead. I will be praying for your request as well as for you, Adam and (Hope or Noah) I love you soo much. Charlotte (Chargaile)

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  2. Adam & Colleen,
    You have your treasure in the right place! Nothing can break through that bank vault to rob or steal. You are wise and it is a privilege to pray with you. Be encouraged for He who began a good work will bring it to completion…'

    luv ya,
    Judith

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  3. Colleen… Reading that you and Adam don't have a Plan B really grabbed my heart. There have been some temptations through our Chinese adoption process which caught my eye because I wanted things in my timing. They were never tempting to Ryan (who seems to be fine with God's timing on everything- ugh!). Well, I pursued some of my own paths and they ended up in a heartache for me. Because I made my own twists, turns and sprinted ahead, I was also the one who had to say NO to precious babies- whose pictures I saw- whose eyes pierced my heart- because we just didn't have the means to care for them (and their special needs). We weren't equipped. You and Adam (and Ryan) are such awesome pillars of faith. Thank you for inspiring me to continue on God's path and seek His will alone. I love you!

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