Our home study draft, that is!
We have received it, edited it and returned it! We also completed a bunch of last minute things that we did not know were needed but were thrown at us as soon as our SW returned from vacation. Education requirement, dog license, getting another reference, redoing a couple forms, insurance copies, etc...It seemed like a lot all at once and was discouraging because we had been waiting for 3 weeks with no news of what we were supposed to be doing or what was still mising. Thankfully in the space of 24 hours, everything was completed or underway and won't slow anything down.
Now once our edits have been added in, our SW is sending it to our agency for Hague approval and then it will be DONE!! Woohoo!
We are only $678 away from meeting our $1,000 matching grant!! (The number it needs to read is $1400.)
Once our Adopt Together Fund reads $750, we will have raised 10% of the funds needed for our next goal of $7,750 that is due when our dossier is submitted.
Things seem to be moving very quickly as far as USCIS approvals go and that makes me very nervous because though it is exciting news that we will be done with our dossier very soon and that much closer to meeting our children, it also means our next set of fees (and the ones after that) will be due even sooner than we were estimating.
We know from experience that God always provides just when it is needed but it's hard not to wonder and worry about where the funding will come from that quickly.
Philippians 4:19 ~ And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus
Matthew 6: 31-32 ~ Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
So thankful for all who have donated to our adoption fund, participated in our iPad Air giveaway, purchased items we are selling, shared our posts and prayed for our family!
It is hard having two of our children so far away and not knowing anything about them besides a few paragraphs on a piece of paper, and only a few pictures to look at. You end up memorizing every word on the page, and every inch of the picture, trying to learn as much as possible from that. The rest you try to piece together and you wonder and pray and it keeps your mind busy when you are awake at night. You think about what they are doing now, what it will be like meeting them for the first time, how to prepare for bringing them home (bedroom arrangements and car seat arrangements, etc), how they will mesh with their siblings here...and on and on it goes. I've been trying to keep myself so busy so I don't let myself think about them too much because it just makes the wait so much harder.
Here is a precious picture of Ben's brother when he was a little younger. Isn't he a cutie? I can't wait to meet him! His birthday is next week and his gifts and photo album are all ready to mail out to the family who is going to deliver it to him for us.