Dave stepped in and took the kids with him to church and I STAYED IN MY PAJAMA'S ALL DAY LONG. I thoroughly enjoyed it but had to keep suppressing my guilt over missing church. I really think God understood. I needed a few hours to myself.
We have had a lot of late night discussions trying to decide the path we were suppose to be taking with this adoption. I told you a few weeks ago that we were praying about the possibility of adopting siblings. We took this decision very seriously and wanted to pray over it and not make a snap decision.
This weekend we finally agreed that we really felt God leading our hearts toward siblings. I am really excited and feel such peace about this decision. To have my husband tell me he thinks we should adopt siblings could not have happened without God working in his heart. He was COMPLETELY against this idea as little as a few months ago.
God is good and I am so excited to see what he has planned for our family.
The agency we are adopting through does not place children out of birth order in most cases. The director of our program is contacting Ethiopia to verify what age children we can request. Most likely it will be children four and under. She has asked us to give her a few days to investigate our options and then she will get back with us.
I am so excited we have almost come to the end of the paperwork NIGHTMARE. Again, I really hate paper work. Not a good trait for an adoptive parent. I have a big stack of papers all notarized and just waiting to be sent off. The last step is putting the age of children we are requesting in our home study and then we are on our way to finishing up and hopefully can have all our paperwork in Ethiopia within the next eight weeks.
Then the big wait for a referral will start. So exciting!
I know many of you have been praying for our family as we have tried to make a decision that would be pleasing to our Heavenly Father. Your prayers and well wishes are appreciated and felt more than you can ever know. Thank You my friends.
I will let you know what we find out from Ethiopia as soon as I receive word.
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and
may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the
knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious
might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving
thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the
saints in the kingdom of light.