Friday, January 31, 2014

Hiccups

Hiccups are the worst. There is probably very little that I hate more. Sometimes they hurt and most of all they always are at the most inconvenient times. 

So, there is bound to be hiccups. We are fully expecting them. The first is our meeting for February 10th has now been cancelled. It took me almost 2 weeks to finally get in touch with someone to gather more information about it, only to find out they had called it off. I'm not angry. I understand that things happen. This process will be slow and there will be many bumps in the road. This will be the easiest bump, I am sure (but frustrating, nonetheless).

So now, we are waiting a WHOLE extra month, until they are offering another meeting. This one is tentatively scheduled for March 5th. So now, more waiting. It's kind of a helpless waiting too. There really isn't much we can be doing in the mean time. Our preliminary application is completed and going to be sent out tomorrow. Although Bethany is a large agency, their number of families is far greater than the infants available. So following our preliminary application being accepted, we are then but into a waiting pool with other families. We will be contacted when they are opening up the home study to a pool of waiting families. I was told this would probably happen in March!

So until then, I will be working on the house. With all the cold and snow we have gotten this year, I am getting a bad case of cabin fever. So I suppose I should maybe put that to use and start purging things that we don't need anymore. We are setting things aside to hopefully have a yard sale in the late spring/early summer. The funds for that will go into our adoption fund. We are still brainstorming other ideas of fundraisers. If you have any ideas, feel free to make suggestions!

Pray for us about:
1. Pray for the March 5th meeting and that it doesn't get cancelled!
2. Pray that I (Corey) don't jump the gun too much. I have already started looking at nursery's and all things baby. I really can't help myself :)
3. Pray that our prelim application is accepted with no problems and that we are placed in the pool of families to hopefully begin the home study process in March.
4. Pray for patience.

Thanks y'all!
Corey and Jason

Sunday, January 26, 2014

And the waiting begins.

Hurry up and wait.

It's so backwards, but that's what I am finding the adoption process to be already. To be honest, we really haven't done much up to this point. We have chosen an agency and are attending a meeting on February 10th, and this is when I expect the real waiting to begin. I suppose a little back story, although if you are reading this you may have been following our past blog where we posted about our infertility. Back in the fall after a couple more tries and quite a large sum of money, our fertility treatments had failed, we began to really pray about pursuing adoption. It has always been something that Jason had felt strongly about, but I just wasn't there. I wasn't ready to make the decision to move forward because I didn't want it to be one of a "last resort" of sorts. To most people after many failed fertility treatments, it's the logical place to go, but I wanted to spend time in prayer to make sure that the Lord was leading me to this place out of love instead of selfishness.

So here we are, almost two months later and we are ready to move forward full steam ahead! But with all the excitement that comes along with it, there also comes fear and anxiousness. We are not expecting this to be an easy (or cheap) process but we are confident that the Lord has already worked out all the details.

I will update this often to keep you up to date on what's going on with us. Each post will provide some specific things you can pray for us about. We ask that you lift us up in prayer as we move forward.

How you can be praying for us?
1. Pray for our meeting on February 10th. That we will acquire all the necessary paperwork to get started with our home study process quickly.
2. Pray for guidance in the area of finances. Pray for us as we begin to pray about how our adoption will be funded (i.e. fundraisers, letters, ect.)
3. Pray for patience. (This will be included every post!)

Thank you in advance for your prayers and love,
Jason and Corey