Monday, May 24, 2010

It's in the mail and other updates!

Well, it has again been a while since my last post...for a couple of reasons. It may sound silly, but for the most part I feel like I am talking to myself...not that there is a problem with that (I do that quite often actually), but it makes it hard to know what to write about, since I don't really need to update myself on what's been going on in my life. The other reason is that life (as usual has been SO chaotic here in the last month of school, that it has been hard to find a moment to actually force myself to sit down and type! So just to give you a quick update, I'd started working at a tutoring center, which I had planned to do for the summer to bring in any extra support for our adoption. Then I received notification that another summer job opportunity that I thought had fallen through was being offered to me! Praise God! I think that will be a fantastic opportunity to learn and grow. I will be working as an office assistant basically, for our county Iowa State Extension Office. They work a lot with 4-H and all things agricultural. For those of you out in blog land, the largest (I think we still hold the title for the largest) county fair in the world is housed right in our very own small town of Spencer every September, and the IA Extension Office has quite a BIG responsibility of getting things up and ready for that. So in addition to all of the clerical duties, I will be educating myself on all things Fair-related. Now, even though I grew up in a small-ish mid-western town, and all of my grandparents were farmers, and my husband and his family were farmers, I am NOT a farm gal. I know NOTHING about tending to crops or animals. In fact, my dad thought it would be a good character-enriching experience for us to learn to care for a garden. I HATED IT! I mean, for crying out loud, I had to weed it every day! ;) And if you ask my cousin's Erin and Luke, they will verify that I was CONVINCED one year that my grandpa's sheep had melted like the wicked witch of the east from being too overheated with all of their wool covering. My loving husband (boyfriend at the time) graciously tried to induct me into his family one weekend by asking him to help out with castrating their pigs. His sisters (to my everlasting appreciation) saved me from that horrible, I mean "wonderful", opportunity. So to make a long story even longer (as is often the case with me) I will be learning and growing through this seasonal job experience.

On another note, hopefully soon I will be able to post a blog about the Christian-Alliance-for-Orphans Summit that we attended at the end of April. It was SUCH an exciting and confirming experience for us. There was SO much that we encountered it is hard to know what to blog about first! But that will be coming soon...hopefully after I have completed the four remaining days of school!

And finally, I just wanted make it known that we officially sent in our agency contracts and fee this week! Yea! We've made our next step in the adoption process, and now we will begin the homestudy and training process of our journey. I still am amazed daily by the way God Almighty is shaping our path, and how faithfully He affirms His plan through us. We are excited to finally get moving and focused on this process and can't wait to join our agency listserv to get more aquainted with everyone out there. I love to learn, and I've never been afraid to ask questions or seek out advice. This will be one more resource that will allow me to develop further, and I am very much looking forward to it! Happy Wednesday everyone!

1 comment:

Tracy said...

Hi Nic! Congratulations on sending in your paperwork and getting rolling! I know for sure God will honor your commitment and love for Him!! So exciting! Of course you can use anything from my blog for your church-- thanks for asking. :) Excited to follow your journey! :)

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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."

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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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