This morning we….ahem…I woke up bright and early to shower and put my face on for our first home study visit. 2 hours away. We were running a little late due to Tyler’s incessant need to buy coffee from Starbucks when he has a perfectly brand new bag of coffee at home! So it was a teensy bit tense for a little while after we got on the road, moving on though. Our appointment went great! Jan at CHS was very friendly and super accommodating. She has just recently taken over this position as the other lady retired after many many years so she was a little out of sorts trying to sort through some things. She kept handing us more and more paperwork…and more paperwork, but was explaining everything in detail and was very helpful. Basically that was it! 30 minutes in her office, and that completed one out of three home visits. The next one we have scheduled is for October 28th at 10:30, and this time we only have to meet her in Melbourne which is only an hour and change away, and to tell you the truth I’m not sure what we’ll be doing for that one. In the meantime we have to each write a life story (by answering 55 questions they’ve picked out for us one of which is “Describe each of your siblings”…UMMM HELLO that’s going to take me FOREVER), get physicals, get fingerprinted, and continue to fill out more paperwork. We are more and more excited each day and we’ve started praying for our future little one, if they’re born yet or not, and praying for the parents and trying to understand the struggles they must be going through right now to try and decide to give their child up. We are praying for God to keep our child safe, and would love for you guys to do the same!
So people keep asking what timeline is after we complete the home study. We begin to wait for a referral which, according to our agency, could be 6-9 months. Once the agency refers us a child we look over their file, have a doctor take a peek at it, and then decide whether or not to accept the referral. After that I believe it goes to court in Ethiopia in a few weeks and then we begin making travel plans. So we’re looking at AT LEAST a solid year.
Off to bed…for anyone that truly knows me this is my favorite part of the day, 5:30 this morning came way too early and I’ve been dreaming about my head hitting this pillow all day….ahhhh life without a newborn. I have approximately 365 days before I can’t say that anymore and the best part about it is…I love that idea.
Psalm 18:30 ”God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.”