Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Not much of an update, but it will have to do!

It's hard to believe that we are only 3 weeks into the adoption process, because I kid you not... it feels like a stinkin' year ago already.  Jared and I wake up at least 5-6 times a night just from being restless or having crazy dreams.  The Mr. says that he has been dreaming about Congo, but it is all backed with music by Adele.  I truly believe we have become official loones!  It's just a little hard to sleep when we are constantly thinking about the situation/devastation that our child is living in.

And, can I just say that I have the most persistent husband in the world?!  I am pretty sure that he emails our adoption agency daily to see if our child has come into the orphanage yet.  We have been told that 10 children should be arriving at the orphanage any day now, and 12-15 kiddos will soon follow.  Well, we are on the list for a referral from the 2nd group of kids, so we dying to hear news that either group has made it safely to the orphanage.  Apparently, any day now can mean 1 month, 2 months, 6 months... who knows!  We have been told that everything takes a little longer in Congo :)

So, after all my worrying and wondering, I'm reminded that God provides our needs, and that He desires we focus on Him daily from these verses...

Matthew 6:31-34

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.  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.


A few closing thoughts and prayer requests:

  • Please pray for our child and all of the children that are traveling to the orphanage.  They are traveling over 2000 miles to get to the orphanage by plane.  In most circumstances, I would say that it is safer to travel by plane, but I can only imagine the type of aircraft that is carrying our child.
  • Pray that Jared and I would continue to follow God's will and plan for our lives.  We may be 2 of the most OCD and impatient people in the world, so the wait {even at only 3 weeks!} is killing us!

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

  • As always... pray that our child would have someone to care and love on them until the day that we can pick them up, pray that God would provide comfort and needs that only He can provide, and pray that our child would somehow get the nutrition and healthcare that they need to survive!
  • Our first home study is tomorrow at 12:30!  We will meet with our social worker for the first time, and then follow up again on Monday, March 5th at 1:00.  Once the home study is complete, that's when the real paperwork and fun stuff begins!
Oh, and to have a little fun, we have been searching for nursery ideas and baby names {not quite ready to share those yet!}.  Here are a couple of rooms that we LOVE {found on Pinterest, of course;)}

Pinned HERE

Pinned HERE

Notice a common theme?!  White furniture, gray walls, and trees... I see those in my future :)  It will definitely be a while before we start on a room, but a girl can have fun perusing, right?!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A little Q&A

A little Q&A and I do mean little because we have very few questions answered at this point, ha!
1.  Why adopt?
For Jared and I this is not Plan B.  Honestly, we have zero idea whether we can have a child or not.  We hope to one day expand our family in that way as well.  This is just us answering the call that God has placed in front of us.
2.  Why Congo?
Why not Congo?!  This is very plain and simple... God placed the country on our hearts and we have been researching like crazy to find out anything and everything we can about their lifestyle, culture, and the devastation that has been caused throughout the years.  It was very hard to turn the other way after we have read and seen such horrible things happening in the Congo, which I will post about later on!
3.  When will your child come home?
We have no idea!  This can take anywhere from 7 months to a couple of years.  Our prayer is that it would be sooner rather than later!
4.  Boy or girl?
We didn't specify whether we wanted a boy or girl.  So, as soon as we know, we will let you know!
5.  How old will your child be?
Again, not completely sure.  But, we did request a child from 0-3 years old.
6.  What's next up in your process?
We have been accepted into the adoption agency and are on the waiting list for a child!  They are HOPING to send us a picture of a child in the next few weeks, but this could most definitely change!  On February 29th, we will have our first home study where a social worker will check out our house and ask us several questions (if you'd like to help clean and organize, feel free to contact me.... just kidding, ha!).  We have already submitted our Home Study Application and packet!  That was a long one to fill out!

Want to know more about the Congo?  Here are some blogs I have found from families who have adopted/are adopting from the Congo!

http://aboutourhouse.blogspot.com/

http://findingbrightspots.blogspot.com/

http://aliciamariechristensen.blogspot.com/

http://nothinglefttopaint.com/

http://waitingformila.wordpress.com/

www.millionsofmiles.com

Once again, Jared and I are so grateful to have such loving and supportive people in our lives.  This has already strengthened our marriage so much, and I am so excited to be on this journey with my high school sweetheart, faithful, completely crazy, germa-phobe, uber-organized, Godly husband!

Jared and Amy






Monday, February 20, 2012

A pretty HUGE update

I don't even know where to begin... this blog started as just a fun way to share some moments from our lives in a light-hearted way.  But, honestly, our lives just haven't been all that exciting, ha!  AND- I always forget to take pictures, even if I am carrying the camera on my shoulder.

Let's start by rewinding to about a month ago... Pastor Kirk shared a video about a missionary in Uganda that has adopted 14 children of her own, and she is quite a few years younger than Jared and I.  Her smile was from ear to ear, and those precious girls were hanging all over their mom.  As I watched that video, tears filled my eyes, and I had a HUGE longing in my heart for that experience.  That's when I told Jared that I thought we should start looking into international adoption again.  And, Jared sighed a huge sigh of relief.  You see, Jared has wanted to adopt internationally for YEARS, and I have just always said, "yeah, that's fine with me," but had never really felt that tug on my heart like he has.

I believe that God used Jared's heart for adoption as well as SEVERAL other life experiences to mold my heart.  I also believe that God's timing is absolutely perfect.  Jared and I have had an AMAZING 7 years of marriage, and  I would never change how we started our lives together.  We have traveled to the most beautiful places, learned to love each other in the good and bad times, and spent a lot of time focusing on our jobs and our ministry.  While we know that we will continue to travel, love each other, work, do ministry, and more, we now believe that God has equipped us to become parents while doing all of those things.

So, the research that Jared has been pursuing for the past few years kicked into high gear.  Honestly, we have looked at quite a few different countries and their policies for adoption.  Every country is different, they all have different requirements, costs, amounts of time you have to travel, and more.

And then Jared came across the Congo.  That's where our real journey began... in the heart of the Congo.  Ever since God has placed that country on our hearts, we have not looked the other way.  We believe that God revealed the Congo to us so that we could bring our future child home from there.

That's where we are right now... in a steadfast pursuit of bringing our child home.

James 1:27 "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."

All we ask is that you would pray for our family.  The awesome thing about our God is that He already has a plan.  And, we truly trust that God will lead us every step of the way.  However, adoption does not come without it's own difficulties and trials.  Please pray that we would be obedient to the call God has put in front of us.  Please pray for our child, that he/she would be protected, nurtured, and kept out of harm's way.  Please pray that God would start preparing both our hearts and the heart of our child for that moment when we become a forever family.

Thank you for your love and support!
Jared and Amy

Monday, February 6, 2012

Friday Night -Donkeyball-?!

Jared and Kent were invited to play Donkeyball for a North Forney High School Fundraiser.  It was actually scheduled for a couple of months ago, but had to be rescheduled due to technical difficulties (AKA... the lights went out and would not come back on).  Apparently donkeys can't play basketball in the dark :)

Right out of the locker room, Jared's donkey just plops down.  Seriously.  He was doing an "intro lap" with everyone else, and his decides to take a little rest.  Then he decided to roll on his belly with his legs in the air.  Right then and there, I knew this was going to be an unforgettable night!
Look how tall Jared's donkey was?!  I mean, Jared is 6 foot tall, so this guy was pretty large!  He was the biggest one on the court, ha!
Needless to say, it was more than difficult for Jared to throw himself over the donkey.  It took several failed attempts before he was able to thrust himself to the top!
Okay, so not only was Jared's donkey the largest, he was also the laziest.  All of the players and donkeys would be down the court.  Then you'd look back, and there was Jared.  Just sitting there.
Kent's donkey was a little more active...
Going down court, finally, to shoot a basket.
This moment was HI-larious!  Watching these grown men try to pull their donkeys cracked me straight up.
Pulling her, obviously wasn't working, so Kent decided it was time for a sweet talk.
He seriously hugged her neck and whispered sweet nothings into her ear!
Despite the fact that Jared's donkey was overly large and lazy, I thought she had the prettiest coat!
I think Jared spent more time pulling his donkey than he did riding it, ha!  I could tell he was getting frustrated because he is just a LITTLE competitive.

The first game ended in a tie, so the leaders had to arm wrestle to see who would go to the Championship Game.  Jared and Kent's team won, notice the excitement.
Game two... the Mr. in action...



Time for a little rest...


Let me just tell you that if you EVER have a chance to participate and/or watch Donkeyball- it is SO worth it!  I pretty much only took pictures of Jared and Kent, but the other donkeys were just as funny.  

Here's our little cheering section for Jared and Kent: