Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A connection to the book of Mark...

Happy Wednesday to you all!

I have just completed my last day of the 2009-2010 school year and after a long day of inservices came home to quite a surprise! I discovered that an anonymous person (or persons) had graciously bestowed on us a VERY generous gift for our adoption fund, and I'm finding that I am uncertain as to the best way to respond when this happens.

Now, my husband would tell you otherwise. He would tell you that my response has proved consistent both times this has happened: immediate bursting into tears, sobbing and an inability to breathe due to shock and utter amazement! Which is 100% true, I literally cannot catch my breath! But where I struggle is what to do with the graciousness that is being bestowed on us.

I recently finished reading Matthew and am now reading Mark in my daily devotionals, and have come to realize why those healed by Jesus never heeded his instructions to tell no one what He had done. Because they couldn't. They had experienced something that went way beyond healing just their bodies, and the utter overflowing of joy could not be contained. This is how I have felt by the outpouring of those willing to donate their talents, time and financial gifts to us. And I wish to testify to all that God is doing through our adoption journey. Our prayer has been from day one of this journey that through our adoption, that we would not be the end of the journey; that there would be an outpouring so great that we might be able to impact and encourage others wishing to care for orphans. I wish to give God all the glory for every event that takes place in this adoption. Through the small events and the large events God is healing our hearts in ways and places we didn't even know needed healing!

So that is one side of this. The other side is that I always wish to be sensitive to those who are in the process of raising funds for their adoptions. The costs of adoption are daunting to say the least, and people of all means are stepping forward to answer the call of adoption. Fundraising is hard, so I don't wish for people to despair from this post. But I do wish to praise God for showing us in big and small ways that He funds what He favors. So to the little angel or angels who stopped by my house today I say THANK YOU! You are truly making a donation that I firmly believe is going to impact the world in ways that neither you nor I may ever comprehend. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

Well, I am looking forward to a few days of cleaning my house (which is in DESPERATE need of a top-to-bottom purging after being on the back burner to paper grading for most of the year) and spending time with the nephews who are visiting this week! I love spending time with them, and hope to post a few pics of them soon! They truly are a blessing to me...I can't imagine life without them. Again, have a great Wednesday!


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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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