It’s A . . . .

BOY!  We have committed to a little boy from Eastern Europe.  He turned 2 in July and we are super excited!   I am still trying to figure out how much information we can share on our blog.  We are working on getting a button for the blog that will stay on the first page of our blog (instead of getting lost between posts), but for now, here is the link to our page on the Reece’s Rainbow website.   If you don’t know much about Reece’s Rainbow take a look around the website while you are there.  Reece’s Rainbow acts as an advocate for orphans with special needs.

Back to our little guy.  His code name (they are not allowed to list birth names on the website) is Brandon, but we plan to call him Levi.  We are going to keep is actual middle name  – but I cannot share any of his birth name until the adoption is final.

As for where we are in the process:

After a few minor hiccups, we sent our dossier today to our contact with our adoption agency.  She will get it to the country from which we are adopting (again, we are only allowed to say Eastern Europe on here).  It will be translated and then submitted to the government there.  We are waiting on I-800 approval – which we have been told could take up to 90 days.  Although, from what we have seen, it doesn’t always take that long.   Once everything is submitted, we wait for travel dates.  We will take 2 trips.  The second trip can be anywhere from 3-6 months after the first.

At this point, some things have taken longer than expected and others have taken less time than expected.  We are at a point right now where we have done everything that we can do – so now it is in the hands of others.  We are trusting God’s plan and HIs timing with everything – although, it is hard.  Once you see that sweet face and imagine what orphanage life is like, it makes the waiting very difficult.

I know I have mentioned this before, but we definitely appreciate your prayers as we work through this process.  There can be a lot of bumps along the road that can be frustrating and discouraging.  However, we have already see God at work – even as we committed to Levi.


Little Hands, Shoeless Feet

This has become our family “theme” song.  Every time I hear it, I tear up a little.  My favorite lines in this song are “I know my God won’t let them be defeated.  Every child has a dream to belong and be loved.”

As a couple, Kevin and I believe this to be true.  We believe that God has a plan for each and every child who lives on this earth – orphaned or not.  James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”  After a little study of this verse, I learned that it was a family’s responsibility to care for widows and orphans, however, if these other family members (or if there were none), orphans and widows would end up begging, selling themselves as slaves and/or starving to death.   As Christians, it is our job to care for those who have no one.

We believe that we are called to put God’s word into practice by caring for orphans and widows.  We also know that caring can come in various forms – my mom is great at caring for some widows in her neighborhood.  She takes them food, checks on them, goes over and visits with them for awhile, etc.  I also know of people who financially give to families who are adopting – to help ease the burden there.  Many people care for widows and orphans through prayer.  For some, that means adopting – being a father to the fatherless.

After MUCH prayer on our part, many conversations with others who have gone before us, and a call to “step out of the boat” from our pastor, Kevin and I have decided to adopt from Eastern Europe.  There are many more things to say and I will continue to update the blog as we move along this process, but for now, we ask that you would join our family in prayer as we try to distinguish God’s will for our family through this process.