We do have some news on the adoption front! YEA! We have been collecting dossier and home study paperwork and completed everything that we have any control of just over a week ago. We sent our homestudy paperwork and initial home study fee to CHI on Friday, August 27th. They received it on the following Monday, August 30th and sent it to our social worker, Nikki, on Wednesday, September 1st. Nikki and I talked on Thursday evening and we set our dates for our visits. The conversation was a little funny, because she told me that she and the lady at CHI who received our paperwork thought that we set the record for the quickest turnaround of homestudy paperwork. What can I say? I'm anal, er, um, meticulous! :)
Anyway, Nikki will be at our house next Tuesday afternoon, September 14th to meet our kiddos, interview us, and do the walk-through of our house. Then, the following Friday, September 24th, Trev and I will go to Kansas City to meet her for our individual interviews. So, if you are praying for us, please keep those two dates in mind! We are honestly not worried about it. We've never met Nikki, but she is the one who basically gave us all the information that we needed to choose CHI as our agency. We've had several conversations with her and the excitement of meeting her really trumps any nerves we might be feeling (for now, anyway!).
To be honest, although I'm still struggling with letting go and fully trusting that our financial needs will be taken care of (will I ever get past this?!), I'm really ready to get this show on the road!! In some ways it seems so real it knocks my socks off, but in other ways, it seems so far off it is hard to fathom what it will truly be like. Either way, I know that we are following Christ's plan for our family and it is bound to be an AMAZING journey...He promises it in Jeremiah 29:11:
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declaires the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"
Ah, how I love His promises. What an amazing God we serve!
Because I don't like posts with no pictures, here's a pic of a shirt I made for myself! :) I LOVE how it turned out! :)