Happy 2012!

It’s hard to believe another year has past and we are in 2012. It was exactly this time last year that Adam and I decided to start our adoption process and research adoption agencies that would help us in Moldova. Time flies.

Where we are at:
As we have shared with many of you, adoptions in Moldova are still in limbo. The government agencies involved with adoption are “supposed” to be meeting “soon” (I’m using the word “soon” very loosely:) to discuss the guidelines for Moldova adoptions and make them more concrete. How does this affect us? We are not able to start any of our international paperwork because guidelines can change and our social workers do not want us to have redo paperwork if it is not necessary. Which, we can completely appreciate, as I am sure those of you have adopted internationally can too:)
We still need to send in our contract with Carolina Adoption Services. I think, subconsciously, we have been hesitant in doing this, because if Moldova adoptions close, we had no clear direction of what we would pursue instead. But God continues to give direction. Adam and I were talking about this yesterday and we both just had a peace that if the door to Moldova closes, we will pursue another country. What a weight lifted! We had talked about a domestic adoption, however CAS covers only international. So we had been torn for sometime. But now, international it is all the way! We want to stay in Eastern Europe, so we are starting to look into the countries CAS works with. But we continue to pray and wait for Moldova. That is where our heart is and we both said last night that we feel that our baby will come from there.
Our social worker is going to be starting to write up our homestudy report and then we need to wait for it to be approved by Homeland Security and then it’s off to get fingerprinted. The homestudy should be written and completed by the end of this month.

Verse for 2012:
I like to pick a verse to pray through throughout the year and this year I chose Psalm 37:7a “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act.” (NLT) My first reaction is to cringe when I see the words “wait” and patiently” together…it is so convicting because I am not that patient! But God’s ways are far greater than my ways and His thoughts are far greater than mine.
We are excited to see God’s miracles unfold in 2012. This little child will truly be a miracle on so many levels. And we are hopeful. So we wait.

Thank you for checking in on us…we love each of you so much.

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2 thoughts on “Happy 2012!

  1. Well… coming from a girl who has had to update her homestudy twice, and completely redo it once because of our 6 year wait so far… I'm going to say thank You Father for protecting Colleen and Adam from the extra paperwork stress! I absolutely know that God has such a grand plan beyond our comprehension to bring Hope/Noah home. It brings me close to tears imagining what your baby looks like… where he/she is right now… what his/her surroundings look like… where it is that you and Adam will take them back to one day to show where you first met. God bless your family of three as we begin 2012! I love you all! xoxo

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  2. Colleen, I love your heart. Patience is something that none of us are good at. God uses that to refine us even when we think we can be refined no more. Accept the wait and praise Him in the meantime because His blessings are on the horizon for you and Adam.

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