Monday, March 29, 2010

Fingerprints, "Issues" & Coffee

So I just started this blog and I'm already bad at it! It's been over a month since our last post so I've got some catching up to do.

Well, Gabe and I are in the process of our home study and getting our dossier together. Our home study consists of interviews, fingerprints, criminal background checks, physicals, home visits and so much more. Our dossier (daw-see-ey) is a collection of papers that include birth certificates, references, marriage and drivers licenses, bank statements, and of corse, our home study report. I'm sure I left out a billion things, but I'll spare you the details. Once our dossier is complete we will send it to D.C. for approval and also to Ethiopia!!

So far I think we are both enjoying this process. It's been a great excuse to do some deep cleaning, not to mention that all of this busy work is keeping our minds off of the wait. We are so thankful for the blessings that the Lord continues to pour out on us!! We have recently found out that Ethiopia has changed a few laws about the adoption process that would make this whole thing MUCH more difficult, although we later found out that we should be exempt from this change. Grandfathered in so to speak. Thank you Jesus!! We also were very pleasantly surprised by our end of the year taxes. Less taxes=more $$ for Silas!! Thank you IRS & Jesus!! Our biggest blessing has been the encouraging words and prayers of our friends & family. They have not gone unnoticed! The Lord has used you in this process to keep our endurance up. Thank you!

We have also been surprised by the not so positive comments that of course came from people that don't know us or the situation very well. Things like "well I sure hope you are thinking about how this will effect Stevie" or "you know adopting an older child means you might have to deal with more issues". Well thanks so much, we haven't thought of these things at all. Of course we have thought about how this will effect Stevie. We've thought about how this will effect her, us, Silas, our dogs, we have probably even thought about how this will effect you. And as far as "issues" go, we were called to love people as Christ loves us, and I am so thankful that he did not reject me because of my issues. Alright enough of my ranting, just thought you all might find that amusing.

Our church family is hosting a silent auction to benefit our adoption! It will be a blast! There will be art, jewelry, spa & vacation packages to bid on!! So, if you are reading this, you are invited. It will be at Elevation on Saturday, April 10th starting at 7pm. Ethiopian coffee and desserts will be served.

We hope to see you there!!