Sunday, September 27, 2009

Formal Application Submitted!!!


Not the best picture of me, but it captures the moment right before we submitted the formal application to Bethany. Amazingly, I was able to get it done from start to finish yesterday and submit it well before the October 10th deadline. Despite having to study, John was able to come down and help me with the more challenging parts. Have you ever been to a counselor? Uh, yes..... Anyway, I was very grateful for his guidance and input. We were able to answer together as to why we want to adopt which I think was very important to be able to do. I am so excited to be finally taking a step forward. I was also able to order extra copies of our birth certificates and marriage license so we have them ready when we need them. Our next step is an informal interview and then I believe we start assembling our packet - physicals, child protective services clearance, motor vehicle records, etc. I continue to feel less anxious and overwhelmed by the adoption process. I have not yet reached the point where I can picture it happening, being a mom that is, but I continue to hope and trust in the Lord.

"We wait in hope for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you" Psalm 33: 20-22.

9 comments:

A said...

Congratulations!!! A friend of mine just began with Bethany recently also, and she has been very pleased so far! I pray your adoption journey will be smooth and short!

Niki said...

That first step is an exciting one. Praying for you as you work through the process!

Lisa said...

Yea! Oh I am so excited for you guys! I love that you took a picture with the computer right before you submitted it! Keep track of EVERYTHING like that so you can make a Lifebook for your future child! If you've never heard of a Lifebook google it...it is basically a scrapbook that documents the adoption journey. Very very priceless for the children! I actually work for a nonprofit adoption agency in Alabama and can give you more info on the Lifebooks if you want- Lwilliams@casapac.org

BTW...all of your posts went through, weird that you kept getting error messages. Thanks for the comments and I can't wait to see your "reasons I am grateful for infertility"!

Jackie said...

Congrats. I have not been on as much as I am still struggling with the loss of my Grandmother but I am praying for you!

Joia said...

How incredibly exciting! What a big step! This is so awesome, you guys! Thank you for sharing the special moment with us! =)

Our Journey... said...

Yay! so exciting... and overwhelming I'm sure. I hope it goes smooth and fast!

KLTTX said...

Here from LFCA. Congratulations on your first step. Good luck with the rest of the process and I hope you get a match soon.

Lavender Luz said...

You've done so much of the hard work! Dare I say, "labor"?

Good luck from here on out!

Coffeegrl said...

best of luck on this next part of your journey!