Ok so here’s the deal. If you’ve ready my other post (Part One), then you’ll know all the details necessary to follow Part Two. We had a phone conference scheduled for 10am with our social worker to, in our opinion, get some questions answered in regards to how we proceed with an unapproved home study and even see if there was refund in order. We received the call from her a little after 10 and she went on to discuss what our plan would be if anything financially catastrophic happened after we brought the baby home. We told her we don’t have any millionaire relatives that would be able to bale us out and that our current saving’s only allowed for minor emergencies (thanks to Dave Ramsey’s teaching’s). She said to us “well would you guys be homeless then?”, I was so confused at this point that Tyler stepped in and said we would absolutely not become homeless that if something terrible happened we had plenty of family that we could stay with until we got back on our feet (which is silly because we would do a million things before it ever got to that point). She indicated that her supervisor would approve the home study if that was the case. I was so confused, she told us on Monday that she would need to see additional income in order to approve it. I vocalized my confusion to which she replied “That is what I wanted, but in talking with my supervisor and working through this over the last couple of days we decided we are going to approve the home study anyway”, “I think you guys are going to be great parents, I’ve loved getting to know you and I don’t want to lose you as a potential adoptive family for an infant that needs a home.” WHAT???!!!!!! We were ecstatic! We just looked at each other with our mouths wide open...just staring, and staring and more staring. She even said that because we paid for some parenting classes (which were required for international adoption and not domestic) that they are going to waive the additional $100 we would have needed to pay for our domestic adoption application! Praise God! What is awesome to me is that this was NOT an answer to a prayer I had been praying this week. I was sure that we were through with it and was only praying for faithfulness in some new financial decisions we were making. I never once prayed for God to change His mind. I never once asked Him to make an exception which is weird because I am, by nature of my dad’s gene’s, a negotiator.
So what I’m saying is, it’s on like Donkey Kong. We will have an approved home study in a few days and we are going to continue with our fundraising efforts. Our garage sale is rescheduled for this Saturday (rain or shine), I won’t be able to be there because of work but they’ll be other people there driving hard bargains and helping us bring this baby home. This process only moves as fast as the money comes in, our next fee is for hiring a lawyer and that’s around $1800. Once they match us with a child we owe Children’s Home Society $4300, $4300 when we pick our child up, then another $4300 after parental rights have been terminated which happens about 30 days after we bring our baby home and everything is finalized. So PLEASE faithful blog readers, help promote our coffee sales at www.justlovecoffee.com/zielasko, send any additional fundraising ideas my way!
Thanks for the prayers that have truly helped sustain us in the last few days...Hebrews 11:40 “God planned to give us something better so that they would be made perfect, but only together with us.