Sunday, April 25, 2010

Just an update...

Well, it's been almost a month since my last blog entry, and I figured I better write about what has been happening lately. To be honest life seems SO busy right now that I feel like I'm being distracted from our adoption process, which I do not like. I am anxiously awaiting the end of the school year so that I can begin focusing only on a summer job and adoption and orphan care centered things. Monday we had our first official orientation call with our agency. So basically the step that we are at now is signing the agency contracts and other paperwork, having them notarized (hopefully by my bff klk - it is SO nice to know that there is someone that I know personally who can do this!), and sending them into AGCI (our agency) with our first fee installment. So basically the most difficult part of that is the fee portion, solely because we have been so busy that Eric and I have not even had time to talk to one another about a formal game plan about how to tackle it! We have taken time to brainstorm with each other (and I have brainstormed with my Bible Study gals and a few others...even some of my students (who are also a part of our church youth group) have talked about how they'd like to precious and wonderful! Time is truly my biggest hurdle right now! For those of you out in blog land (however many of you there are at this point) I am a 2nd year teacher. In Iowa this means that I am in the process of completing my "initial" teaching phase, and have to complete a HUGE teaching portfolio at the end of this school year. Then my supervising principal takes a look at it (along with my history as a teacher for the past two years) and recommends me for my permanent teaching license. So I have been working on that, in addition to my daily teaching tasks and student papers. Also, in an effort to save more money for our adoption fund, I have taken on a part time job with a local tutoring center. Needless to say, I'm about to get busier here for the last month of school! But God is faithful and continues to teach me and draw me closer to Him during my daily studies. He continues to break my (and Eric's) heart for the orphan. I recently saw a brief video called "the Orphans of Nkandla" which is in a region of South Africa...absolutely heart WRENCHING! After watching it, it has been my continual prayer that God would teach me how much I truly have (especially in the times when I don't feel like I have the things I "need" to feel comfortable-how utterly pitiful is that?!). It has also been my prayer that God would teach me to live on less, so that those who have NOTHING can receive SOMETHING. I can't do a lot, but God is showing me day by day, the ways that I can use my excess, to help those who are in need. Last Sunday was our church's day of prayer for memory of the three Christians martyred for their faith 2 years a country where Christianity is less than 1 percent of the population...we have SO much...opportunity, financial blessing, material things, privilege...and elsewhere people have SO little, but in most cases, are still filled with joy...AMAZING. Lord teach me to be more like them. - Nicole

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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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