Isaiah 1.17

"Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows."

Saturday, May 29, 2010

One paper at a time!

We are so sorry we haven't been posting here lately. We have been very busy with the "paper chase" and things are coming along slowly but surely. Yesterday, we had our first major paper notarized at our doctor's office so we are encouraged. Melissa called a list of traveling notaries she found online and the one who was available turned out to be an adoptive parent herself! She adopted a daughter from Russia some time ago and was really excited for us. She later called Melissa's cell phone after the appointment to share more of her excitement for us and said that adopting her daughter was the greatest thing she has done in her life (her daughter is now 20). We have already seen God bringing people into our lives at the perfect time to keep us encouraged and solidify that is truly what He wants us to do.

Our next step in the process is to begin our home study with our social worker on Wednesday June 2. She will come to our home and conduct an initial interview with us and answer any questions we have. We have a few more paperwork items to finish up this weekend before she comes to visit (as well has hopefully finishing up some long-in-progress house projects!) Please pray for us on June 2nd!

Everyday it seems like our 3 year old daughter is understanding more about adopting a little brother from Ethiopia. This morning while we were eating breakfast she asked if she could pray for "Opi" which is the name she made up for him. It brings us great joy to think about how God is working in the hearts our children and preparing them for the acceptance of a new sibling. God continues to supply everything we need for this adoption! We hope to be more faithful in posting and sharing things that God has used in our lives to remain faithful to this pursuit of adoption. Thank you for being patient with us.


  1. So you're pursuing a boy? Awesome! I think we too will start to use the name "Opi" in our prayers. :) Thanks for the update and we will be praying for your interview on June 2nd.

  2. How cute! Maybe it's "Opi" because she is hearing EthiOPIa so much??

  3. Your post made me smile. We are so very excited for you guys. The Lord is faithful, isn't He! He planned this adoption from the very beginning of time. All of the pieces will come together just has He has planned.

    Oh little Maddie, she is going to be the best big sister in the world! I love her heart. :)

    We love you guys and are praying for you all, including baby "Opi". :)