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Big tiny steps forward!

J&G Bonfire with Buds (doesn't my hubby look hott with a beard?!?)

J&G Bonfire with Buds (doesn’t my hubby look hott with a beard?!?)

There is so much excitement and promise in our home these days!  I can hardly contain my PRAISE and thanksgiving to God for how beautifully he is writing our story.  The last update I gave was Monday after I had spoken with Guardian, and she said she would let me know after speaking with her lawyer.  Well, I didn’t hear anything Monday evening, and again nothing Tuesday.  I prayed, and petitioned, and called on my prayer partners.  I called prayer mamma’s and prayed some more.  I was a basketcase waiting on that call back.  Tuesday, I prayed some more.  Wednesday morning, after my morning prayer time and Bible Study, I picked up my phone, and there was a text message from Guardian!  Without going in to every detail, she apologized for not getting back in touch with me sooner, and she told me what the lawyer’s plan of action is.  There are still a few bumps in the road, and we’re facing an unknown amount of time before everything is worked through, but I am claiming VICTORY in this hour!  We are BELIEVING this baby to be in our arms in the next 90 days.  Guardian and I have been in contact again today, with reassurance her full intention is to adopt WeeOne to us as soon as everything is worked through in the current situation!!!  I wish I could share all the details, but for the family’s privacy, and the fact we live in a rural setting, J&I feel best if we keep some anonymity.

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I received further texts from Guardian today explaining some of the details, and the background of the family.  Please continue praying a hedge of protection around WeeOne.  That the baby would be well taken care of until the time of placement.  That health and well-being are being tended to.  That bad blood not be roused in this process.  That God’s holy and beautiful plan be worked out and that God would guide, guard and direct the steps for this process to be as smooth and quick a transition as He would have it.

One option of the finishes I am able to do on YOUR Farm Style Table!

One option of the finishes I am able to do on YOUR Farm Style Table!

We are still right at $2000 away from having all our funds raised for our attorney.  As a reminder, we are selling raffle tickets for a Farm Style Dining Table, valued at $950.  1 ticket for $10/ 3/$25, 7/$50. The drawing will be held on December 1, 2014.  I will build the table to your specifications, including height and finish.  I have finished tables in Oak, Walnut, Cherry, Black Stain, and painted.  Free delivery within the state of Arkansas, and within a 100 mile radius of any border. If we could just get 200 people to love us $10 at a time, that would meet our fee goal!  Ten dollars!  That’s a trip through McDonald’s drive-thru, a venti coffee drink from your favorite shop, less than a manicure, the newest album on iTunes.  Are you able to help us #BringOurBabyHome?  God has already seen to it that we have been able to raise the funds necessary for our Home Study, Financial Analysis, and Health Checks. He is so mighty, and His provision never fails.  Thank you for your sweet donations and love!!!

Along this process we have been able to find a great network of adoptive families.  Their stories are inspirational love stories that at times make you cry, then turn around and make your heart swell with hope and promise.  I can’t wait until we bring our WeeOne home and join the families who are able to say, “Our home and lives are so much richer because of this life!”

Again, this journey is not our own.  We could not do this without the love and prayer of our friends, family, and even some strangers.  We thank you, endlessly, from the bottoms of our hearts!

With love and thanksgiving, J&G

“Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for.”  Job 6:8

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Making it happen

So today was a productive day, in that I scheduled a meeting with our Social Worker to perform the Home Study as well as set an appointment with our lawyer.  Since the prospective due date isn’t until late Spring, the Social Worker suggested J & I wait until the first of the year to do the actual Home Study.  So we set a date and now we wait.  Seems like there is a lot of that, and the journey has only begun..  The lawyer came highly recommended from several families in the area, so I feel great about her, too.  However, she said that since the study isn’t until the first of the year, there’s really no reason to have her on retainer until after the Social Worker works that magic.

I guess I should be thankful there is a bit more time to get our affairs in order, and do a bit more around the house (like making that raised bed we’ve been wanting to and building a new chicken coup.  Might as well stay busy make improvements while we wait.  Too bad I can’t whistle while I work 😉

Just in the last 24 hours we’ve had 7 people donate to our fund.  Talk about an amazing testimony of people’s love and generosity!!!  We are no where near close to our goal, but we’ve only just begun.  Thank you to all of you who continue to check in and check up on our progress, we can feel your prayer and support daily!

I’ve contacted a couple people who have been adopted and asked if they would mind doing a little Q&A for the blog, so hopefully I can have some more perspective and a little more body to the blog once those coffee dates happen.  We also are talking to a few parents who have recently adopted in other states and getting a few “in-the-know” answers.

Are there any particular topics you would want to see addressed here?  Any questions you have for the two of us? Any advice from veteran adoptive parents?  I don’t want this to be a day-to-day journal, how boring would that be?!?

We’re engaged (2010)!!!

“Every good and perfect gift comes from above.”  James 1:17