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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Apparently Eastern Europe closes to new dossier submissions from November 1st to February 1st. So we must hurry to get our dossier submitted before November 1st. AHHHH! Things are getting a little hairy. I am going to work to get out house homestudy ready today and get the paper work together for our social worker. Please pray for a smooth completion of our homestudy so that we can get our I600A going.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

More Waiting...

Good News today! I just learned that our homestudy Packet 2 has been reviewed and approved by Love Basket Inc. That is wonderful because that was a lot of paper work, and I am thrilled their were no snags in that packet. Thank you Jesus.
But, we are not going to get to start our home study visits until the first or second week of August . I was hoping to be done with our homestudy by August. But it gives us more time to complete our dossier documents, get that all ready to go, and to fundraise, I guess. (Trying to look on the bright side.)
So please be in prayer for us as we continue to wait and prepare. Each piece of paper for our dossier is a speedbump or a hurdle and we are working through them slowly.
Another small success, I got my passport in the mail today! Yay! I had to get it updated and that was slowing us down alittle as the information needed to go on several of our documents. So we are moving ahead alittle at a time.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Good News this morning! Our first set of papers have been recieved by our facilitator in Eastern Europe. Thank you UPS for their safe arrival. I feel like we are starting to make some progress today. Someone over there now knows we what to bring Artem home. And we have now given them permission to speak on our behalf. Now we are praying for our homestudy to be quickly completed!

Friday, July 9, 2010

YardSale Tomorrow

We are having a Yard Sale again tomorrow. Please be in prayer that we will get rid of lots of stuff, and raise alot of support for our adoption.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Here we go apostilling...

Wow, how difficult can we make this process. Today I feel like that is the name of the game. Its not that I don't understand the necessity, because I think I do, it is just making my life really difficult.
Every form I have filled out, and trust me there are many, I have to get it notarized. Then I have to take the form to the county clerk's office to have the notary certified. Then once the notary is certified I must take that to Frankfort to the Secretary of State to have it Apostilled. Lots of fun. Please pray for us as we work through all the forms, and rules and scrutiny of each piece of paper we fill out. I am struggling with it all.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Adoption EveryWhere

Welcome back, Brandon and I just returned home from spending an amazing week with the teenagers from our church at Crossings Camp. You'll never guess what the theme of the week was? Adoption! It is a running theme through our lives right now. It was incredible to spend the week learning about, and talking about Adoption. Even more amazing to spend the week listening to God's voice and hearing His heart for adoption. At the center of creation and the center of His plan for the world is the idea of adoption. The idea that He adopts each one of us into His family and makes us heirs to everything, to His throne. I can't wait to learn how deep my love for Artem will run and be able to better understand the love God has for me. What a beautiful picture of His salvation.
Someone made the comment about all the people they know that are adopting and how "trendy" it is becoming. At first my thought was, "its not trendy, it was God's plan before the creation of the world." But as I look around, I see it is becoming more and more popular and to that I say, what is God up to? What is he doing, I think this a grand plan, an awakening of His people, and I am thrilled to be apart of it. I believe He is bringing the orphans of the world into His family through adoption and reaching the corners of the earth. What an incredible God we serve.