Monday, April 11, 2016

Home Study is Done

Gladney's Superkids team is in China visiting children and helping at the orphanage. It is one of the reasons I love the agency I have used for our adoptions. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers. They have a very full schedule. It was on one of these trips that they ran into Brooklyn in a hallway. They were not suppose to meet her but God had other plans.

On a personal note, they will be at Molly's orphanage the 21st and 22nd. Can't wait to get some first hand reports on her as well as some pictures and video. I'll post them when I have them.

Since I gave away all of Brooklyn's clothes, people passing things on to me or telling me they will be as they clean out closets is such a blessing.

Brooklyn helped me pick out some decorations and a quilt for Molly's room. Tomorrow my brother-in-law, Don McEvoy, is coming over to help me sort through some of my storage. This will help me get ready for a rummage sale but also provide a place for things I currently have in our office. I need to empty the office so it can be painted and made into Molly's room. It may seem early to do this, but it really helps me get mentally ready for the new child and gives me a place to go with some of things I am gathering for her.

Stay tuned for information on the rummage sale. This will be a very guy friendly sale as it should include tools and electronics. It is time to sort through some of Dennis' things. I know he would love that the money raised will go to bringing another child home and change her status from orphan to daughter. My plan is to have it shortly after school gets out in early June. If you have items you would like to donate to help bring Molly home, just let me know.

My home study is done and hopefully will be on its way to immigration yet this week. It needed to go to Illinois for a signature from the caseworkers supervisor and then it will be ready to file. This step is taking about 60 days right now.

Keep praying for Molly. She does not know she is getting a family yet but God can be preparing her for this transition. My best guess is another six months before all the paperwork is completed and we can go get Molly.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Paper Chase

If you see me a bit blurry eyed and frazzled lately, it is probably because I have been spending a lot of time filling out paperwork both for Gladney, the agency that is handling my adoption and Lifelink, the agency that is doing my home study.   I am so glad I kept copies of all of this from Brooklyn’s adoption.  It has definitely helped in completing some of the many documents I need to compile.

Last week was an interesting week.  I saw a posting for a little girl from Taiwan.  I contacted Gladney about her and requested if they would ask about an exception to single parent adoption restrictions.  Taiwan did say they would consider my application for her but there was already a family in process of trying to adopt her.  In addition, the process is very different than China and there were many points at which the adoption could be denied.  After discussing this with several people, the one clear message I was receiving was that it would not be good for Brooklyn or me to go into an adoption that had so many chances of not being completed.  We do not need another loss at this point.

So, I am continuing down the path to an adoption from China.  This week I had my first visit with the home study case worker.  In addition, I will have fingerprints done for an FBI “Rap Sheet”.  We didn’t have to do this step with Brooklyn.  I will have fingerprints done again for Homeland Security when I apply to immigration to bring my daughter into the country. One thing you lose in the process of an adoption is any sense of privacy.  Fingerprints are only the tip of the iceberg but the end result is so worth it.  I’m hoping to have my home study done sometime in April.  Most of the other paperwork for compiling the documents I need to send to China is in process.  

The most amazing news from the last few weeks came as a total surprise to me.  I had dropped off my taxes with the accountant a few weeks ago.  Needless to say, with Dennis’ death this year, they were a bit complicated.  The accountant and I both assumed I’d be paying in this year.  Yesterday he called to set up an appointment to pick them up.  I asked him how much I’d be paying.  To my great surprise, I am getting a very nice refund.  This will go directly into my adoption fund.  I am so excited to see how God is supplying for the costs associated with the adoption.  

I ran across this on Facebook and love it:
God Never Gives you a dream that matches your budget.   
He’s not checking your bank account; He’s checking your faith.

Please keep praying for:

  • The process to go smoothly.
  • Complete clarity on identifying the little girl who is supposed to be in my family.
  • The little girl's heart to be ready to be part of a family.
  • God’s continued provision financially for the adoption costs.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Sometimes God Speaks in a Gentle Whisper but Sometimes He Uses a Bullhorn

God speaks to us in many ways.  He speaks through his Word.  He speaks in a gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit.  He speaks through other people.  Often it is a gentle whisper, guiding us in a direction he chooses but sometime, He speaks loudly, as if with a bullhorn.  
God recently has been speaking to me in all of these ways.  About five years ago, God called us to adopt.  One year and a mound of paperwork later, Dennis and I were in China meeting our daughter, Brooklyn.  Even while we were still in China, we knew we wanted to adopt again.  While visiting the orphanage we saw the faces of so many children in need of a family.  Our hearts were overwhelmed at the need and we could not help but reflect on James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Little did we know at that time that our world was about to change.  Three months after we adopted Brooklyn, Dennis was diagnosed with brain cancer.  He fought a 32-month battle and during that time left behind a legacy of faith in God’s plan for his life and love for his family. Even during his illness, we would talk about our hope to adopt again.  When it became clear he would not beat this cancer, he and I discussed the possibility of me adopting once he was gone.
In the year since Dennis has been gone, I’ve entertained the idea of adopting again.  I have felt the tug at my heart to do this.  Many times I would find myself looking at the profiles of children who were waiting for a family.  God in his quiet way kept speaking to my heart.  A few weeks ago he used a bullhorn to tell me this was His plan for me.  I was getting ready for church that morning and thinking about how God had used a sermon to confirm our adoption of Brooklyn.  I thought/prayer, “Wouldn’t it be cool if God used a sermon to confirm if I was to adopt again?”  At that point, the Holy Spirit impressed on my heart to add, “Today.”  I’ll admit, my thought was more along the lines of, “Not a chance!”  So I went to church and the bullhorn sounded.  My pastor’s words went something like this, “Don’t give up on your God given calling, like some of you have been called to adopt.”  I could not believe what I had just heard.  I knew in my heart this was God’s confirmation of His direction in my life.  
My next step is to follow God’s leading and trust Him with this journey.  I’m in the early stages of the process to adopt a school age child from China.  Please keep me in your prayers in the weeks ahead.  I'm already busy with paperwork. I have submitted a packet of papers to my adoption agency, started the home study process, sent in my passport for renewal, made appointments for physicals...a lot has happened in the last week. God is faithful and will bring this to completion in his time and way.
Please prayer for Brooklyn and me as we prepare for this addition to the family. Although I don't know yet who will be my daughter, God does. Please pray for her as well. This will be a huge change in her life.