Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Sad Decision

Well, after much prayer, I came to the conclusion that I cannot parent three children on my own. And so, I sent the very sad email to my caseworker to let her know that I cannot pursue the referral of siblings at this time. She is so sweet and I wanted to share part of her email response to me.

She writes, "As I say to all our families, the child you eventually say "yes" to will have needed you every bit as much as any you say "no" to. There are reportedly 750 kids available for adoption in Colorado on any given day, and you can't take all of them!"

I pray that all 750 kids find loving homes quickly!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Three Children???

I received a call from my agency today. My caseworker wanted to know if I would consider siblings? A four year old boy and a two year old girl! My heart is so excited and yet terrified at the same time. Can I parent three children? (I still hope to bring home Hannah) Sadly, my biggest concern is, can I financially afford to parent three children? When I take the finances question out of the decision - my answer is absolutely!
Lord, give me wisdom and discernment. I want to walk the path You have set before me! I know Your heart is for the orphan. Have You called me to be a family of four? I'm listening, Lord.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Homestudy Update Approved

I received a very happy email in my inbox today - here it is :-)

Your home study update for the Waiting Child program has been approved, and we've begun looking for a child or children for you. We're delighted to be working with you!

Woo hoo!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Adoptive Parent Infant/Child Safety & CPR - Check

Last night I attended a three hour course, specifically for adoptive parents, about child safety and CPR. It was a great class offered at Parker Adventist Hospital. It was so nice to take the class with other PAP's (prospective adoptive parents). The woman who taught the class is an adoptive mom (AP) of three kiddos. It was so nice to have someone who really understands what it's like to adopt. One of the couples in the class is adopting through the waiting child program with my same agency - Adoption Alliance - what a small world.
I learned a bunch - including what to do if a child is choking - which is one of my biggest fears. While I would still be afraid if it happened in my presence, I would now know what to do and that does give me some peace.
One more "to do" item crossed off my list! Woot!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Home Study - Check!

Well, I spoke with my social worker today and she has turned in the first draft of my home study. Can I get a woo hoo?

There is so much paperwork on this journey!

Hopefully by Friday, it will be final and my agency will begin considering matching a waiting child with me! I'm so excited, I've got butterflies in my stomach. I cannot wait to meet this little one that the Lord has in mind for me.

Tomorrow night I'm off to learn about child CPR and first aid - it's the last - OK not likely last, but "last for now" hoop I need to jump through.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

New Blog

I've been thinking I need a place to begin chronicling (is that a word?) my second and concurrent adoption of a little girl from the domestic waiting child program.

Stay tuned for more info....