Our caseworker from Bethany Christian contacted us this week to schedule our interviews. We have 3 interviews: 2 in Raleigh and 1 in our home. They will be for 3 consecutive Tuesdays in October (13th, 20th, & 27th). We will also be driving to Charlotte for a mandatory adoption seminar on October 23rd. So, it looks like our October will be rather busy, but we're so thrilled to continue moving forward! We also found out that after the last interview on Oct. 27th, that our caseworker has 30 days to close a case - to either approve or disapprove it (and Lord willing, we'll be approved of course)...which means that we should have our home study completed by Thanksgiving!!! I was hoping and praying that it would be done by Christmas, but Thanksgiving is even better!!! So, please keep us in your prayers as we continue down our path to embryo adoption - We would hope to have the actual transfer sometime at the first of the year...we'll see what God has in store for us!
I also want to give glory to God for the fact that we have enough money in our savings account to finish paying for our home study - Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our effort in saving a child's life thus far! We still haven't raised all that we need to include the cost of the transfer procedure itself, but we are quite confident that God will continue to provide in His time and way.
This button will take you to the blog of another adopting couple whose blog we've been following. If you click on the "Bringing Our Baby Home" button (the second one down) you will see an opportunity to help them in a really creative way raise money to help bring their little girl home from Ethiopia.
Well, we had tons of fun on our road trip to Atlanta, Memphis, and back home! We didn't get any pictures, though - We couldn't really deem anything "picture worthy." Aaron was sick most of the trip and had to take a visit to the local urgent care in Memphis to get a Z-Pack. But, we did enjoy seeing our extended family. :)
We're still waiting to complete our paperwork for Bethany Christian before we can begin our interviews. However, not paperwork from our end. Our references were mailed last week, so Bethany should receive them soon. And, Aaron has to contact his HR department tomorrow to see if/when they have mailed his "employment verification." Once Bethany receives all of this, we should be moving again! :)
The past few weeks have been extremely hard for me...I want a child so badly - to have so much love to offer a child, yet not have one in our arms today is indeed painful. I've cried many tears at the strangest times - in the car, during sermons, applying make-up, sitting on my sofa...I even woke up Friday morning @ 2:30am sobbing because I longed for a child so much. I'm not grieving the hard truth that we can't naturally conceive biological children - I couldn't care less if our children looked like us and had our genes. I'm grieving that I don't have any child today-nor do I have 100% guarantee that I ever will (though I believe it likely that we will at some point). And it saddens me even more to know that there are millions of orphans and unborn children in frozen storage tanks that I can't love TODAY!!! With each tear that I've cried though, my precious Lord has been so close. I've had to preach the Gospel to myself over and over and over again (as we all should do constantly) - that God is good because He killed His Son in my place and that He has already forgiven me from what I do deserve which is to burn in Hell for all eternity. And that He has also blessed me with every spiritual blessing in Christ...And not having children today is a small issue in comparison to that Truth in light of eternity. I've also been comforted by these Scriptures: "You have kept count of my tossings, put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?" - Psalm 56:8and "He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the LORD." - Psalm 113:9
Nonetheless, it's still very difficult when I feel that all of my girlfriends have started playdates, and their conversations revolve around prenatal check-ups, feeding schedules, naptimes,etc... And I am very aware that I no longer fit in with the young marrieds anymore... But, God does give us grace in our time of need - Praise Him! :)
Well after Bethany Christian received our paperwork, they called to let me know that we were still missing 1 form. So, we took care of that and mailed it off today. Once they receive this form, then our file should be completed to begin our interviews. :)
Aaron and I are going out of town this Friday through the middle of next week - to Atlanta to pick up my sister, Grace, and then we're headed to Memphis to visit family, and then back to Atlanta to drop off Grace, and then we'll head back to Greensboro on Wednesday! It's going to be a lot of driving but we're looking forward to it. I'll try to take some pictures to post on the blog when we return!
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.