Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Beginning the Journey of Adoption

We have officially begun the process of adopting a baby girl from Ethiopia!  I will be writing of how the Lord led us to this country in future posts.  We received our acceptance from America World Adoption Association, the agency we will be using as they are a Christian agency who give a 25% discount on their program fees to full time pastors.  We turned in our agreement and the first $1,125 of those fees due on Friday May 1st.  We should be receiving a call within the week from our family coordinator (who will help us compile our dossier) as well as the social worker who will be doing our home study.  We are going to try to get as much done as possible before we leave for California and Reno on June 9th!  We are very excited and appreciate everyone's prayers and gifts greatly.  The time frame from now until we bring her home is estimated at 12-24 months.  We are hoping it is closer to a year than two.  I think the average time frame right now is about 18 months.  We trust the Lord's perfect timing to bring us to the daughter he has destined to become a part of our family since the beginning of time. She will be so worth the wait!