It's almost comical that it has been 2 months since my last post. It's actually sad. Our poor girl is going to get the short end of the stick for her time on this blog. Baby girl, it's no indication of our love or dedication to bring you home forever. Here's the update on our adoption so far...
- we have all our paperwork in for our homestudy
- our homestudy interviews are scheduled over the next week
- we are working through the big fat workbook our agency has us do
- we are frustrated with fingerprints. Our agency now requires us to get FBI prints for them. Well, our home study requires state-level Tennessee prints that actually go to the FBI. We thought this was good enough. This past week we found out we were wrong. Those won't work! So, let the delays begin. We are going to hopefully go tomorrow to get ink prints done to mail into the FBI. It could take up to ~12 weeks to get them back ... we know others that have gotten them back in 7ish ... hopefully, it will be on the shorter end. These print results have to be in our homestudy so we can't turn in our homestudy until they're back. And we can't get on the waitlist until after our homestudy is in. And the girls list is currently 50+ (for reference with Silas, we were 28 on girls and 15 on boys when we got on the list). Sigh. We know we are delayed in order for the girl God has for us to be at Hannah's Hope (our orphanage in Ethiopia) but it doesn't make it any easier when you're living it out.
That's about all for our adoption ... hopefully we can be on the wait list in a couple months ... we'll see..
A couple weeks ago, we went to Texas to visit family and had the opportunity to see a couple AGCI families that we know. Here are some pics ... not necessarily in order as blogger has had issues tonight uploading pics. We had a blast hanging out with everyone...you can also see some pictures from Paul/DeeDee's blog here
Having fun having HIS shoes on his favorite monkey in the hotel room in Austin.
Having fun at the Austin Children's museum ... boy didn't care why the ball was floating ... he just wanted the ball!
We love this family. Kim was the first person who gave us pictures of Silas smiling...
Another family we love ... talk about living it out ... they are planning to be missionaries in Ethiopia next year!
Enjoying a little league game of my nephew
Today we had our first Forever Family Fellowship picnic for The 1:27 Call and it was great to talk to all the families that 'get it.' For example, one dad I met who is in the midst of a homestudy for either Ethiopia or special needs China said that it was time for them to 'live it out'. He said they couldn't just check the box that they go to church or give a tithe, that they had to physically live out their faith. I was blown away. Amazing family. Hopefully we can have pictures soon of today's picnic ... I didn't have our camera out and will rely on others ... like Kristi sending me pictures of Silas giving LucyLane a kiss or 3 :) It's amazing to think that Silas and LL were in Ethiopia a year ago together ... and in a park in middle Tennessee today. Love how God works like that.
OK, see ya in a couple months :)