Well, it’s been a week – in a good way! We are in this for real, as in – we have officially pre-applied for international adoption!
This has not been done without hesitance or fear or concerns. I’ll save those for another post. We’re taking a leap of faith here, and we’re cool with that. I believe that God wants us to be parents, and that He desperately wants orphans to become part of Christian families.
Last weekend I joyfully began filling out the pre-application. I hunted down 4x6 photos of us and of our home. I dug out our last three years of tax returns and made copies of page one of each of them. We read the lengthy “adoption services agreement” and went to the bank to get it signed and notarized. Four non-relatives – each of whom knew we’d been unable to have biological children and were supportive of adoption – were contacted and asked if they were willing to be ‘non-relative personal references’ for us. Lastly, we wrote a $300 check for the pre-application fee and mailed it off.
God is already giving us little things that assure us we have His blessing. Number one – we completed this paperwork on Sept. 12. It was 11 years to the day that my sweet cousins were scheduled to come home from Russia. Wow, that was an emotional realization – but in the most wonderful way! The second assurance we got was when I received an e-mail reply from our (well, soon-to-be ‘our’) social worker saying that she had no other homestudies in progress at this time, so we could get that done pretty quickly if we wanted to! Oh Jesus! You are too good to us!
Finally, we’d been told to plan on getting three certified copies of our marriage certificate (and birth certificates) for the homestudy, and I need a fourth marriage certificate to renew my passport (it expires in February, and I’ve gotten married since, so proof of change in surname is required). I didn’t want to wait 4-6 weeks for the copies to come before sending in passport renewal paperwork, but I also wasn’t thrilled about sending our only copy to the U.S. government and trusting them to not lose it. This morning I was filling out the request for copies and went to dig out our existing copy to make sure everything matched. Um, we have two copies! I just squealed, “We have two!” I have no recollection of two, just one. But this is wonderful, because now I feel perfectly fine sending one of those off with my passport renewal paperwork.
Thank you, Lord!