Saturday, January 31, 2009

Wow. Paperwork!

We talked with our caseworker this past week. We got a package about 40 pages long that included detailed info that we need to get together. Lots of paperwork! Lots of notaries! Lots of something called apostilled (I have never heard of that!) We drove almost 2 hours to meet with our social worker this last Thursday. The roads were bad and my GPS took us 27 miles through backroads. On the way home we figured out that I57 goes straight to I80. We took that way and got home in 1 hour. I think this is just one of the frustrations that we are going to encounter over the next year or so, but I'm sure it is 100% worth it. I'm so excited. I think its going to be tough to wait over a year! I hope this year goes quickly and I hope the program stays functional. I keep praying.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Beginning

After what seems like a very long road, God has lead our hearts to adoption. Even when having a child naturally was still an option, we had always talked about adopting internationally at some point. Now that having a child of our own the "normal way" is not an option, we started to more seriously look into adoption. There are so many choices to consider. Domestic vs. International? If International, which program? For many different reasons, we have decided to pursue International Adoption. After a lot of thought, conversations with family, HOURS of online research, talking to different agencies, & attending informational meetings we have narrowed it down even further to the Russian program. There are so many children who currently live in orphanages waiting there for homes! Tonight we are taking the 1st step in the document process by submitting our application to Adoption Ark. Keep your fingers crossed for us. I think the waiting is going to be the hardest part. My sister keeps telling me that even if you are pregnant you have to wait 9 months to have the baby. I understand that, but I feel like we have already been waiting for years. Patience has never been my strength! So.... here we go!