Thursday, April 17, 2014

He chose us.

Happy Easter y'all!

Hope we are all stopping to reflect on the significance of this week. This week I have been thinking a lot about our adoption process but also how, through Christs' death and resurrection, we are adopted into the Fathers' family. How beautiful is that?

Ephesians 1:3-5 (ESV) says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved."

He chose me.

In the same way, He has already chosen our child. Our God is so huge. Sometimes it's really hard for me to wrap my brain around.

Just a little (well, not little) update. Things are! A lot faster than we expected.  

We attended our first training course this past Monday night and we have another next Tuesday. At the meeting Monday night we turned in all of our home study paperwork and I was expecting it to take some time before they contacted us to begin the interviews and such. I got a call from our social worker, Sharon, Wednesday and we scheduled all of our interviews and a tentative home visit date. All of which happen within the next 3 weeks or so! Crazy! 

It's totally feasible, barring no serious hang ups, we could potentially be licensed by mid(ish)-June. At which point we could begin to start presenting to prospective birth mothers. 

My head has been kind of spinning since Wednesday thinking about it all and also thinking about all the things that we have to do in the meantime.


Love y'all!
Corey and Jason

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Welcome Spring!

The weather is finally starting to show signs of Spring! How exciting is that? It's been such a long winter. I have longed for flip flop weather to return since it left. Welcome back!

It's been some time since I updated but that has a lot to do with the fact that we have been buried in home study paperwork! It took us awhile to gather all the necessary items to get all that done but we have finally finished it all! Woohoo!

Next Monday evening we will be going to our first of four training courses. We have another the following Tuesday. These will help us fulfill our hours required by the state to be licensed. The final two classes will be in June and July. Once the adoption agency reviews our home study paperwork, they will schedule our interviews and home visit. We will have 3 interviews (one together and then each of us separately) followed by our home visit last. During the home visit they will be checking our home just make sure it's in compliance and a safe environment for a babe. After these are completed the social worker will write a home study report, send it to the state, and then we will wait for approval. Once we are approved, then we will be ready and wait to be matched!

Also, we are continuing to work on fundraising and we just want to say a big thank you to all of you who have donated and also those of you who are bathing this process in prayer! The Lord is working in ways that maybe you guys won't be able to see but, believe us, He is! We are so blessed by you all!

We will keep you up to date on any fundraising opportunities! We are looking at doing another t-shirt drive maybe in May sometime with this design!
LOVE this design! 

Love y'all!
Corey & Jason