Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Well, it has roughly been about 24hours since we heard news that we have been accepted by our adoption agency, All God's Children International (AGCI), and SO much has been happening in that time. My brain has literally been spinning like a web at a thousand million miles an hour in just as many directions! And God is already proving himself faithful in seeing to my every need (which, for the most part are emotional right now!) Not that I didn't know this before, but God has surrounded me with a community of very supportive people (some of whom I've never met in person!) whose love and generosity I cannot even find words to express! For weeks now I have worried and stewed over how this will all come to fruition (and I still am...despite what you will read below...I'm thick-headed). Eric and I do feel called to care for the orphan through adoption, and despite that knowledge I have wrestled continually with doubt since this journey began. What if I'm wrong about what I believe God has called us to, how can this be accomplished, what if people misunderstand the reasons we're doing this, what if we fail, what if they say this, what if they say that, I'm not a good speaker...things come out wrong! Do you think it's coincidence then (I think not) that I have been reading the section of Exodus where Moses, like me, has his own back-and-forth excuse session with God when He calls Moses out of the desert to lead the Israelites out of their bondage and slavery in Egypt? "Who am I that I should go (Ex. 3:11), Suppose I go to the Israelites and... (Ex. 3:13), What if they do not believe me or listen to me... (Ex. 4:1), O Lord I have never been eloquent...(Exodus 4:10)" Needless to say it did not take me very long to see how I fit this scenario. And the conclusion I have come to is this: Like Moses, I'm thick-headed...I battle with doubt (even when I know the truth) and many times I have the faith of a mustard seed...especially with regard to financing an adoption (which seems an insurmountable task). I know that throughout this process I will encounter Pharoahs. There hearts will be hardened toward this calling of ours...they will not get it-the big picture that is, possibly even after countless evidence to the some have put it to me, their journey will not be our journey. (I pray that the Pharoahs are few! :) There will be others whose eyes will be opened to something they have never seen or perhaps looked at before...the cause of defending the fatherless. There will be those who question what we are doing and why. And there will be those who answer the call to advocate for the orphan in some way - through prayer, through orphan mission work, through gifts of emotional or financial support to those called to adopt, through donation of time or talent, (to you I say thank will never know the ripple effect you will have). But the point that someone dear to me made today (with impeccable timing I might add-thanks Kim)...God's plan has already been accomplished. She's's deep. it's profound. it DOES knock my socks off!

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Welcome to our blog! Thanks for dropping by and visiting us! This blog was created for those of you who wish to follow along with us in our journey as we answer God's call to adoption. Ultimately it is our opportunity to rise up and do what we can to fulfill and make known to others the mandate of James 1:27 - "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep onself from being polluted by the world."

About Us

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We are a mid-west married couple of 9 years, striving to care for the 147 million orphans around the world!

Our Adoption Timeline

11/28/11 - We are back to waiting for a new referral
11/22/11 - We receive word from our caseworker that we have lost our referral
9/21/11 - Referral paperwork and international ped review completed and sent!
9/4/11 - We receive our referral! A precious 6 yr old boy!
6/27/11 - We have finally arrived to the waitlist!
6/17/11 - re-doing some documents for the dossier
6/8/11 - Sent dossier off to our agency for review
6/4/11 - Our FDL FINALLY ARRIVES! Yahoo!
5/24/11 - We get word from our Case Manager that we may submit our dossier without our FDL! Yea!
3/30/11 - USCIS fingerprint appointments for Dept. of Homeland Security

2/9/11 - Notarized homestudy rec'd and re-mailed to AGCI!
1/7/11 - We close on the sale of our house in NW Iowa
11/30/10 - 3rd and final homestudy visit, dossier paperwork completed
11/24/10 - house back in NW Iowa finally goes on the market for sale
10/26/10 - 2nd homestudy visit
10/15/10 - Eric is finally able to secure his company transfer and relocate himself as well
9/30/10 - After securing living arrangements post-relocation, we have our first homestudy visit
8/17/10 - We receive notification that some paperwork families will be transferring caseworkers...we are transferred to Toni!
8/17/10 - Nic relocates to central Iowa to begin new teaching position the following day...a move is in the works...adoption paperwork, education and homestudy arrangements put on hold
8/13/10 - Nic rec'd call from a friend to interview for a last-minute teacher opening in central Iowa
6/7/10 - First paperwork call with our caseworker, Brandi; we begin the adoption education and dossier paperwork process
5/15/10 - Mailed orientation packet documents and first payment
4/13/10 - AGCI adoption orientation packet rec'd in mail
4/8/10 - AGCI international adoption application as part of the Ethiopia program approved!
3/16/10 - Official adoption application submitted to AGCI with initial fee
11/01/09 - Pre-application submitted to AGCI
10/27/09 - Request for more information on international adoption received by our (now) agency, All God's Children International

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