November 17, 2012

I'm Back

I am happy to say that I'm back in the blogging world!  The last couple months have been CRAZY and not having a home computer or internet has made it extremely difficult to update the blog. I appreciate all you sweet friends who have written me to check on our process and now I'm here to share whats the latest in our families journey.

1. Our DRC Adoption

The beginning of this month marked 6 months since we got our Congolese daughters referral. To be honest, I thought at this point we'd be getting ready to make travel plans to bring our girl home, but unfortunately that's just not how it's gone.  Currently, we are waiting on her birh certificate to be issued  and then our lawyer will be able to apply for the adoption judgement through the court.  Once this happens, she will officially be legally ours!! That day can not happen fast enough.  It is my prayer that we will pass court by the end of the year.

We haven't gotten an update on Cora since August. We are working with a third party service to arrange visits and regular updates.  They have visited her orphanage several times and have not been allowed by the orphanage staff to complete the visit.  We were told the situation was being worked on and our lawyer has gotten involved to help set up a successful visit.  As soon as we have new information directly pertaining to Cora I will update here.

2. Our Fundraising

On September 18th we reached the status of being fully funded for both adoptions!! PRAISE GOD!! We had applied for several grants and received the news on that day that Gift of Adoption had awarded us a $5000 grant! That grant along with a grant from Show Hope ($5000), a matching grant from Hand in Hand ($2500), lots of fundraising, sacrifice and hard work has brought us to the point of having enough to financially pay for our Congo adoption and our domestic adoption. That's roughly 43,000 dollars people!!!! Can you see how amazing our God is?! He is undoubtedly the father to the fatherless.  How blessed I am to be in the center of His will for these precious children.

3. Our Domestic Adoption

Introducing the newest Kade.

Kade was born on October 12th at 5:22 in the afternoon.  He weighed 7lbs 10oz and was 18.5 inches long.  This little boy is a pure blessing and the past month has been a true testimony of our faith in this adoption...we have an amazing son who God specifically grafted into our family.  There are no words to describe the amazing reality of this redeeming story. I plan to do a post about his birth and our time in the hospital. Stay tuned for that post soon.

As you can see our adoption story is still unfolding and I am so thankful to have the means to share with you all again. It is good to be back!