Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Home Study - Check!

Wanted to let all of you know that our home study was completed last night. Our house was spotless (I can say that, because I had someone clean it that morning) and our meeting with our social worker was great. We also had an "online meeting" with our agency and other families adopting with them from Ethiopia. Got some new info that was helpful to hear.

Some of you have been wondering about our adoption. Here are the answers to a few of your questions:

We are planning to adopt a baby under the age of 12 months. We cannot choose the gender because we don't have any kids yet. This is a policy of my agency only, not the country.

The basic process is this: Local agency home study, apply to immigration, apply to large agency (in our case CHSFS), dossier sent to country, wait for referral (the child is a match for us), then travel 6ish weeks later.

Time to wait on a referral is about 4-6 months. That time will start when our dossier is accepted in Ethiopia, as I understand it.

So when will we be parents? Probably looking at early spring at this point.

Glad to be moving on to the next stage of the process! Thanks for your prayers.

Want to see what another family had to say? Click here for a short video.

I plan to address the "Why are you doing this?" question in a coming blog. :)

Monday, September 25, 2006

The new couple


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Originally uploaded by bray232323.

The rain held off...

Well, the wedding weekend was a great success. The weather posed a big threat since there was so much rain in the area in the last week, but we pressed on and had the wedding outside. There were two tents just in case, but it turned out that it only rained for a few minutes during the whole evening! Click here to see a few pictures. You may have to copy/paste the link below because I am posting from Safari and it doesn't work quite right with Beta Blogger yet.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bray232323

Monday, September 18, 2006

prayer requests

Two things to share with you today. I would love for you to join me in prayer about these things.

  1. My sister-in-law Jessica and her fiance Grant are making final preparations for their wedding this Saturday. Please pray for them as they take this step! We love Grant and all of us are excited about his joining our family. Also Josh is doing their ceremony, so pray for him to be able to control his quivering upper lip. :)
  2. Our final meeting to complete our home study is next Tuesday. Please pray that it will go smoothly. Thanks!

Have a great day.

Monday, September 11, 2006

My soundtrack

Tonight while driving home from the Y, I was listening to Josh's XM radio and came upon a song that I hadn't heard in a while. It was just perfect for my mood. Don't you love when that happens? It like your own movie soundtrack has been handed to you.

The song, you ask? "Man in the Mirror". Yes, by Michael J. It was so funny but I forgot how inspiring the words are to that song. Maybe you have too. (I'll remind you here.)

I'm gonna make a change, for once in my life
It's gonna feel real good, gonna make a difference
Gonna make it right.

As I, turn up the collar on my favorite winter coat
This wind is blowin' my mind
I see the kids in the street,
with not enough to eat
Who am I, to be blind?

Pretending not to see their needs
A summer's disregard, a broken bottle top
And a one man's soul
They follow each other on the wind ya' know'
Cause they got nowhere to go
That's why I want you to know

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change

I've been a victim of a selfish kind of love
It's time that I realize
That there are some with no home, not a nickel to loan
Could it be really me, pretending that they're not alone?
A willow deeply scarred, somebody's broken heart
And a washed-out dream
They follow the pattern of the wind, ya' see
Cause they got no place to be
That's why I'm starting with me


You can even watch it on video of him in concert: (no, I don't know the guy that created it, its from Youtube so you never know)



The actual MTV video, I just discovered when looking at youtube.com, was of people around the world who are/were in need. Phew, you'll have to go get that one yourself. Its tough to watch!

Funny how insightful this song is... from a secular artist no less, I have no idea whether Michael Jackson lives by this anthem. But I sure need to make these words true in my life. Thanks, Mike, wherever you are.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Sometimes you just hit it right


Usually, when you need a new dress, you absolutely cannot find one. Either they're out of your size, or everything cute is just too expensive, or the current styles do not fit your current body shape. It's a woman thing, guys. However, today, I defied this law. I walked into Marshall's. 10 minutes later, found 10, no kidding, 10 dresses my size that were 12.00 and under. Three of them fit perfectly. I bought two. Tonight I wanted to wear a badge of sorts that advertised my thriftyness.Perhaps a sign that said, my dress is as cute as yours but I bet mine cost less. :)

Congrats to my friend Robin Bennett and her new husband Jeremy! May God bless you in your life together. Tonight at the wedding I caught up with a few old Harding buddies, such as Katie Fant and Amy Dozier (both are married and their married names escape me right now). Both also have little babies who are super cute! Always good to see old friends.


Speaking of friends, please continue to pray for Max Julian, baby son of John and Kelly Julian. You can click the link to the right for regular updates on his condition.


Small panic

Ok, so this blog has now been updated to beta blogger but now after two days of panic that my blog was lost forever! I don't even know how, but suddenly its back! I feel really back for my new friend Roberto who I read about in the Blogger Help Group, his problem was the same as mine but mine is fixed!

Whew!

More later.