Bethany, Meredith, Chris, Aaron, Jennifer, & Denise (aka Mama Niecey)
Chris' amazing girlfriend, Meredith, emailed us the pictures that she took while we in Hilton Head, SC. So, thanks to her, I was able to post some of our fun times! We missed Bill, Victoria, Matt, and Toby, though! :(
Bethany Christian did call call us on Tuesday and said that they'd be emailing us our paperwork (aka first steps in the family assessment) by the end of this week! WooHoo! We did find out that the FA costs twice as much as we had anticipated...But, we're not too concerned...We're confident that God will provide in His way and His time. We've never had to raise money for anything before such as a mission trip (I'm probably the only CIU alumni who can say that! Haha) so this is a really cool experience to see how God will provide! If thousands of full-time missionaries rely on support for their salaries, it shouldn't be too hard for us to raise this money. We sent out letters to our family and extended family asking for their partnership in prayer and in any financial gift that they may feel led to give - but no one is to feel obligated by any means. Thank you to those of you who have already blessed us! :)
We did have a distraction this week that we feel was the enemy opposing us - please pray that God would provide peace and protection during this process...like Dr. Russell Moore's video below says...adoption really is spiritual warfare!And yes, we did read his new book, Adopted for Life, which was such a GREAT book! Dr. Moore does an awesome job at tying adoption and the gospel together. Every Christian needs to read this book regardless of whether or not you're interested in adopting a child.
We were also super blessed to have been able to take a weekend trip with Aaron's family to Hilton Head this past weekend - And can you believe that our camera died on us there?! Of all places! Sadly, we didn't get any pictures of us at the beach. Thank you so much, Bill & Mama Niecey for this trip - We had so much fun!!!
A coordinator from Bethany Christian emailed us today confirming that she had received our referral from the NEDC! She was kind enough to let us know that she would be out of the office next week, but would be contacting us the week of July 20th to discuss beginning our family assessment (aka home study)! By God's grace, we're moving right along in the adoption process. The family assessment will indeed be the most difficult part of the process...It can take between 2-6 months, but the sooner we complete the FA, the sooner we can, Lord willing, save a precious baby who is waiting for a womb! Please continue to pray for us - We're so excited! :)
We were married on December 17, 2005 and are trying to honor the Savior with our lives. God laid embryo adoption on our hearts after first reading about it in 2006. In 2009, we began pursuing embryo adoption. We have adopted a total of 10 babies: 8 are now in Heaven with the Lord and 2, our boy/girl twins, Abel and Belle were born at 31 weeks on June 4, 2011!
Aaron is currently writing his first book titled, "God is NOT a God of Second Chances...and Other Good News from the Gospel" which will be available in 2014.