With the amount of personal and weighty issues on some of our most recent posts (which I felt necessary to be transparent about), it's refreshing to type up a more practical and less complex blog post with some exciting news..
We just received an e-mail from our social worker with an attached copy of our home study for us to review! From this moment on, we are officially and legally able to adopt a child. What a big victory this is in our adoption journey. Since we finished our online training classes this week, we were able to submit our last few certificates and our remaining home study paperwork. It seems like yesterday that we began our home study process, intimidated by the long daunting road ahead. With the mounds of paperwork and every last tedious detail (including, but not limited to: health physicals, water approval, fingerprinting, child abuse clearance, etc.) weighing over our heads, we took each stride in faith. And now, finally, we have made it through this crucial part of the process and we're onto the next stage.
We now need to create our adoption profile. We have already begun a rough draft that we have started to put together. This is the next big hurdle in the process, as once this is finished, we will be able to be shown to prospective birth families. Then the REAL waiting begins! Of course, we do have a few things to keep us busy during the official wait time to be matched. One of which is to apply for the Abba Fund through our church, which will provide a matching grant during our fund raising process. More on that later!
For now, we are rejoicing in this little "BIG" victory in our adoption process!