Friday, May 18, 2012

The Plans and the Steps....

It's been 7 months since I started this blog...and more than a year since we decided that we are all in on this journey toward number 4...and even longer since we've been feeling called to adopt. 

We've been back and forth an upside down about what kind of adoption we think will be best for our family.  There are so many ways to go about it and so many kids who need a family and so many stories that break my heart etc.etc. etc.  We've had endless conversations.  We've talked it out with friends and family.  We've prayed and researched and listened to other families stories.  We've given it time and we've talked to our kids and we've waited and listened for God. We've considered everything from international special needs adoption to domestic adoption of a healthy newborn.  We've weighed options, finances, the emotional toll on our girls, travel requirements, etc. etc. etc.

The bible verse that keeps on popping up for me through the whole thing is....

"In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps." Provers 16:9

So we fully realize that our plan is ours.  We believe God has and will continue to bless it but the steps are His.  We surrender this whole thing to Him while we ask Him to continue to give us guidance and grace.  We are moving forward. 

We're getting closer to finally being "official" future adoptive parents...finally getting on paper.

At this point we are gathering information on the foster care process...specifically dual licensure that would allow us to foster with an intention of adoption.  We've received several packets of information about the process from different agencies/counties.  We are 91% sure that this is what we have decided to pursue.  (I just made up that percentage from the top of my head...but you get the idea.  Right?)

Our plan looks something like...getting approved for foster care/adoption and completing the required training.  Then getting a placement who is likely to become adoptable.  Then finally adopting...if the situation is right and everything works out.  The big news is that after we add number 4 to our family forever we are likely to continue to foster other children through this program in the future. 

That being said, there are still so many unknowns, so much information to gather and so many questions to ask.  We're working on it though AND we'll keep you posted. 

A few pictures to keep you smiling while you wait for more news.

Your 3 big sisters are waiting for you number 4.  They just can't wait to include you in their antics. 

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