Monday, June 8, 2009

The Home Study

I sit here and wonder who brilliantly decided to switch the kids rooms JUST before our home study. Oh wait…that was me. Of course we had to paint over yellow butterflies and the home made stencils of the 50 States (yes, I did make them…before I had more than two kids). We had a teen that wanted a teen room (so picky ) and girls that were trying to smash painted butterflies. They were ALL sick of their rooms.

Of course I made this very wise (hear the sarcasm) decision as my husband announced his week long trip to Malaysia. I assume he planned it that way to avoid my pre-home study madness. Ok, so he really wouldn’t do that…Ericsson just had impeccable timing during one of my more brilliant ideas.

Yes, the rooms got done. We still have some decorating to do, but the rooms are done. What is even better is that the HOME STUDY IS DONE!!!! Yes, there is joy in that. Dawn (our social worker) has been to our house about a million times, but unfortunitly my oddly tuned brain never registers that until my post home study sanity filters back through the madness.

Dawn came over and visited and toured our new rooms for a wonderful two hour visit. She asked some tough questions. Many may not like that, but I think the tougher the questions often the better the agency. They’ve thought this through. They care about the children and the children are the priority. Yes, it feels a little like the uncomfortable physical with the penetrating questions (the rubber gloves and all), but you come out of it knowing that your tests came out positive and knowing the things you need to work on…all in all, good. We are thankful for our “doctor” who takes things with kindness and has a wonderful heart for children.

So, we are done. Now the real paperwork begins…the dossier. A MILLION pieces of paper that need to be notarized, state certified in the State they were issued, sent to be translated, etc. This is where it really relies on other people, which is always a little scary. If you think of it, please pray for our paperwork….that it is timely, correct, and will come together with as much ease as possible. This is often where glitches start.

Please continue to pray for the other prayer requests below as well.

Please Pray…
For these little ones God has chosen to place in our family…for their physical and emotional health in a difficult place.
For their biological family…that God has His hand on them and brings them peace in whatever they must face.
That God has His hand on this adoption, guiding us, bringing peace, and financially providing.
Last, though it may seem a bit premature, please specifically pray that once we are referred our little ones, that they come home quickly and pass court the first time (many are starting to have multiple court dates and a LONG wait until travel). The Ethiopian government is being very cautious and caring with their wonderful children though and for that we are so thankful.

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