Monday, February 21, 2011

Step One of the Home Study

Today my husband took our oldest five down to our agency to speak individually with our social worker. Though she has always spoken individually with them in the past, this is the first time it's happened at the agency. Let me tell you, they were NERVOUS.

Though we explained that this was just for her to insure we were a good family for Jael, a couple of them were almost painfully nervous. They had already asked what kind of questions our social worker may ask (and we gave them a few), but I think the "bigness" of the situation hit them. They are SO excited for Jael, but I must say that they are excited that their main part is over. Our social worker was so kind and I think she recognized the nervousness of even our children that are NEVER nervous.

I must say, "Our kids are AWESOME!" They just have such huge hearts.

When they arrived home, our sensitive Anna (who actually went in with our four year old) curled up in my arms.

She said, "Mommy, I was just so nervous that I was going to say something wrong."
My question to her was this, "Did you tell the truth?"
"Yes", she whispered.
"Then you said NOTHING wrong."

We reiterated to the kids that they just needed to tell the truth above all.

It's over though, now it's time to go to the next step. Our actual home visit will probably be in one to two weeks. We just need to make sure everything is baby proofed (pretty much is) and our yard is fixed (a leaning fence has made it impossible for the kids to go outside). Our side yard also needs a little work. We'd love prayers for peace and a good home visit.

That's it for now. Sorry for the lack of posting. Life is busy with moving Thomas' mom and also the adoption. We are trying to make sure we don't drop any balls (or lose them in the abyss under the bed).

Have a blessed (and sane) night my friends!!!

"He replied, 'You of little faith, why are you so afraid?' Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm." Matthew 8:26

Our Personal Prayer Requests

*For the waves rolling after the death of Thomas' step-dad.

*For the waves at my husband's place of business to smooth and calm.

*For everyone involved in our home study to feel confident (beyond reason) in our family being ready and perfect for Jael. That we are approved and it all goes quickly.

*That all paperwork may be quick and without flaw (in only a way the God can do) and both U.S. immigration approves us quickly and the Chinese government.

*For all "hiccups" to be banished and a hedge of protection be surrounding this journey.

*For our tax return and finances to fly that we may get started on our journey at a greater speed and that all finances come together with smoothness and speed.

*Please pray for our daughter across the world who faces each night alone, not knowing a family awaits her. Please pray that she feels God's presence, God's hedge of protection around her, that her heart is prepared and ready for family, and that Jesus fills her heart and helps her to be ready to attach to her family. Also for her biological family and their peace and knowledge of a God that loves them so very much.

*Please pray that God protects us from satan's attacks. When you follow God, satan always attacks.

*Most importantly, that God be brought glory and His will be done in all of this.

Prayers for Our Brothers and Sisters
If you have a prayer request, I will be trying to place them at the end of EVERY blog. Just comment or email me and I will list them. If you have a private one, just let me know and I will hold it up to God in prayer, but not place it on our blog.

*Please pray for Eden, a little blessing from Ethiopia, who has a life threatening disorder.

*Please pray for Judah, a little one from Ethiopia that is on a medical visa here in the United States. He has hydrocephalus and the doctors are evaluating him for treatment that is not available there. God is working miracles, can we pray for some more?

*Please pray for Donna and her family as they are starting the adoption process at the same exact time we are and have their preliminary approval as well.

*Rolando and Julia (Guatemala-It has been over five years.), AND Junior and Diamoh (Liberia) to be able to finally come home to their families and that these countries open to legitimate adoptions.

*Renae-For the continued transition of their sweet family. Their daughter joined their family this year and they are starting the process of another amazing journey to Ethiopia!

*Daniel (Liberia) and Jeremiah (Taiwan)- for their continued health issues. God's blessings and Hand on them and their families.

*My friend (unnamed, God knows)... foster son, his family, and all who will make or influence decisions on his behalf that God's will be done in every aspect of his life. Also, currently, for his serious health issues.

*For Eliz and their family as they bring home five beautiful blessings with Down Syndrome.

*Please pray for discernment and clarity for Gena and her family as they seek God's will about a future adoption. Also, please pray for their teen son to come to know Christ.


  1. Good to hear from you:). Praying for a peaceful week FULL of accomplishments!

  2. Praying over all the things going on in your life right now. We too are trying not to drop any balls or lose them :)

  3. Still praying! :o)
    Where is Thomas' mom moving to? I wish we lived closer so we could help y'all! And I do need a cup of tea!
    I'm pooped from purging! LOL!


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