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Our Adoption Journey

“He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will–to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” Ephesians 1:5-8 NIV

We thought we might start out with a little insight into our lives as prospective adoptive parents. It has been a long, exhausting, and difficult journey…but we don’t doubt for a second that it will all beworth it. The journey began in March of 2005, with our application to Christian World Adoption , our agency. We were accepted, and the fun began. It took several months to sort through the paperwork process, complete our homestudy, and get our immigration clearance (to allow us to bring an orphan into the country). However, in July of 2005 our dossier was on its way to Ukraine for translation. Little did we know, there would be hold ups and delays along the way. Here we are in September of 2006, and we still do not know when we will travel.

What have we learned along the way? The wait does eventually get easier, delays do happen…and usually will, God is so gracious to us teaching us how to trust and wait on his timing. It has been so comforting knowing we have friends and family that have supported us throughout this process, oh and have I mentioned that God is so amazing?

Our arms long to hold our little Samuel Clark or Sophia Elizabeth (names are subject to change without warning…we are good like that). No, we don’t know the sex until we actually have our appointment at the adoption center in Kiev. We will try and be prepared for either…our only request was that he or she be under 24 months old.

We thought we would briefly explain what our time in Ukraine will be like. We will be in country for approximately one month. We will fly into the capital city of Kiev, where we will have our appointment at the State Department for Adoptions and Protection of Children’s Rights (SDAfor short). After you agree to meet a child, you then travel to the town where the orphanage is located. There are many orphanages in Ukraine, so there is no way of knowing in what orphanage our child will be. After accepting our referral, we then wait to have our first court date. While we are waiting, we will be able to visit our child twice daily (from what we have heard). Once we have our first court hearing, a mandatory 10-day wait will be put into place before our final court hearing. Thatis what we know of how things will take place. It is ALL subject to change. The exciting part is that Ali will be going with us on this most exciting journey. It is one of the perks of homeschooling, we can take school anywhere. She will have the blessing of meeting her brother or sister for the first time at the same time we do! She is very excited to become a big sister…and a wonderful big sister she will be. She will be 10 years old in December, so I know she will be quite the little mother! As she puts it “I will do anything for the baby, except change diapers”….we can’t blame her for that!

Through this adoption journey, we have been reminded of all Christ has done for us. He adopted us as his children when we had absolutely NOTHING to offer in return. He took our sad, dirty, malnourished hearts and replaced them with fresh, clean, righteous hearts. The adoption ofour little one is such a beautiful picture of all our Lord has to offer to his children.

I will conclude this entry with a verse that has truly touched my heart. “As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.” 1 Samuel 1:26-27

September 1, 2006   No Comments