Yesterday, February 12th, marked the day we finished up the home study! That's a major piece of the adoption and now we just have to wait for our social worker to write it up which should take between 2-3 weeks. There was a major winter storm on its way yesterday and we made it under the wire!
Something cool happened while we were out this past weekend leading a retreat in New Mexico. A couple weeks ago, I had mentioned to our friend on staff that when we're done with our adoption I'd like to get an adoption fund going at our church for people who would like to adopt. Apparently he thought that was the dumbest idea he'd ever heard because he mentioned to the church that he was going to get that fund going so WE could benefit from it too! So, needless to say, we're pretty pumped about that. It's very cool to see God providing!
Once the home study is complete we can apply for some possible grants and finish up our dossier (our legal representation of us to the Ukrainian government). Everything has to be notarized and then certified by the Secretary of State in Nebraska. So, there's plenty left to do. Hey, we even get to go to the doctor again and get tested for HIV, syphillis, and hepatitis B!
Please join us in praying for our little girl who's over in Ukraine somewhere. I find myself often praying for the process and the financing while missing praying for her to find favor with her care-givers, that she would get enough to eat, grow into a healthy little girl, and for her to attach to us when we finally meet face-to-face. We'd greatly appreciate your prayers as God brings that to your mind.