Friday, February 27, 2009

A Bit of Good News

Today I received a much-anticipated email from our social worker that she is FINISHED writing our home study document - yippee!!! (That is just the word I used in responding to her!) She emailed it over to Holt today, and hopefully they will be able to give it the "ok to proceed" comment by next week so we can pass it on to the court.

In the meantime, we are putting the finishing touches on the rest of the items needed for our dossier. I had my passport photos taken and picked them up yesterday.... now Micah just needs to get his done (hint hint if you are reading this) :)

Other than that we just have a few more documents that need to be notarized, and then a couple (including the home study) that will need to be "authenticated" by the Secretary of State. Pretty official huh?

We have been paper-chasing for close to 5 months now, and I am looking forward to getting through this stage!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

AIDS Exhibit

World Vision is sponsoring this amazing interactive exhibit around the country to raise awareness of the AIDS crisis in Africa. Right now it looks like they have planned "tour dates" in California, Arizona, Montana, Georgia, and Tennessee, but they are looking for additional host locations. We are planning to attend the event here in AZ on March 15th and hopefully take some students from our youth group, as well as others from our church. This event looks extremely powerful and will hopefully encourage us all to do our part and get involved.

View the promo video HERE
View the website HERE
If you can't visit the "experience" in person, you can do so online HERE

If you live in AZ and want to join us, let me know, I'm reserving tickets!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

More than just an adoption...

"I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you." John 14:18

Although much of our "focus" in life right now is consumed by our adoption, Micah and I both sense that we are called to do what we can in this lifetime on a larger scale to care for, and advocate for orphans. We know that our adoption is one piece of that puzzle, but feel strongly that God wants to use us beyond that to hopefully be able to make a difference in the lives of many "voiceless" children.

One step that we would like to take in the coming months as we journey down this path is to attend Summit V, a 2-day conference sponsored by the Christian Alliance for Orphans. The Summit is being held near Dallas, TX, and at this point in time we aren't sure how we would financially be able to get ourselves there, pay for lodging/food, and get ourselves home. I know quite a few people read this blog, so if you are one of them, would you pray for us regarding this? I know that God can provide, if it's His will that we are to attend this. And if not, we will be okay with that too :) If nothing else, I encourage you to click here and read more about what this amazing ministry does on behalf of orphans. Very inspiring!

Friday, February 13, 2009

A Success!

Our home visit went well today, and I'm so glad to be able to check that off the list! Yeah! Man, all that cleaning just for her to "glance" at every room in the house seems crazy, but at least I'm left with a clean house to enjoy :) That will probably last for a day or so!

Eli was so excited to have a visitor here and continued to drag out toy after toy after toy to "show her." Included in these were a couple of Wii games and he repeatedly asked us if he could play them (as if this is something our 3-year-old does every day... play the Wii! Ha!) Micah and I were laughing about this afterward, because leave it to the toddler to do something embarrassing, right?

I asked her about the timeline from this point and she said that she should be ready to send the written study to Holt for approval within 1-2 weeks. Assuming it gets approved, she'll submit it to the court and that approval will take about 2 weeks. We will then take it to have the official gold seal of the state of Arizona imprinted on it, and be ready to send in the dossier. Yeah! My optimistic, hopeful side is thinking this will occur by Mid-March. YEAH!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tomorrow!

Our home visit is tomorrow morning, please keep us in your prayers!! I am not really nervous at all since we've had three other interviews that have gone fine. Hopefully Eli doesn't throw any tantrums :) Ha! Guess it's real-life though, right? My wonderful sister is coming over in a few hours to help me clean the house - yeah!! Thanks Bonnie!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Another Step Closer...

This morning we drove 2 hours down to Tucson to complete our USCIS fingerprinting. This allows our petition to bring an orphan into the United States to continue to be processed. It's still odd to me that they fingerprinted us without having our home study completed, but oh well, we'll take whatever we can get :) It was annoying that we had to drive to the Tucson office (2 hours away), instead of the Phoenix office (45 min. away), but I guess that's a "perk" of being in Pinal County. They can't just make it easy on us, right?

Another piece of good news is that our home visit is SCHEDULED for next Friday!! It will be Friday the 13th, but hopefully won't bring bad luck :) Micah went to his individual interview yesterday, and the home visit will be the final interview. I hope that our social worker will be quick about getting everything written up since it has to be approved by Holt AND pass through the AZ juvenile court system before we can get it certified and send it in with the dossier. I do think things are looking better and better for a March submission though... but in my head I will still tell myself April. :)