Waiting for Leah

The story of our family as we wait for our adopted daughter

LOVE, Monday style November 9, 2009

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I feel like I am going out of my mind trying to get all this paperwork in. My deadline for myself was Friday. Did not happen. Daniel almost got his biography completed last night. I just have a right mind to finish it up myself for him this morning. I have to run to the Dmv today for my 5 year check. We are almost there – just have to get Daniel to do that tomorrow. And finish all the documenting for financial stuff. He says he is working on it……hmmmm……..
I have to say if our homestudy agency does not set up the parenting meetings soon I am just going to educate myself and tell them they were too slow. They promised me a call last Monday with the dates and times. I called Thursday and the director was out of the office until today. Guess who’s phone will be ringing promplty at 9am??
Do I care if I am a pain to Daniel and them? NO! Hurry people hurry. I have a baby halfway around the world waiting on me!!
God bless coffee, also this morning. Anderson kept me up half the night. We must do something about that child and his sleeping. I am terrible, terrible about sleep training. But I think I am at the point of “enough”. I know Anderson needs the rest just as much as I do. That is what I will mantra to myself tonight.
Okay, let us have a verse since I seem to need it today.
Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops…
— Proverbs 3:9 (NIV)
I pulled this verse from google verse of the day. I like to do that sometimes. It is actually really cool. Yesterday I decided to sponsor an orphanage in China monthly. I did it by way of http://www.lovewithoutboundaries.com/.
Go check out their website. I gave to an orphanage that desperately needed money for formula after an influx of sick babies. And please understand, I am not giving myself a pat on the back. I wanted to share about love without boundaries. It was started by a group of adoptive parents that went to China to adopt, and discovered a little boy they wanted to help. This group provides funding for surgeries for orphans and helps get orphans in China out of institutions and into foster families. I would love it if you would pass this link on to your friends and pray for these children. I know I have many bloggy friends who are adopting, and this cause will be close to your hearts, as well.
So that is my Monday, Love style. I will be very nice on the phone with our agency, I will I will.

 

First homestudy meeting October 9, 2009

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Well we had our first homestudy meeting. It went pretty well, our social worker def. had some tough questions for us, but hopefully we answered them right. (if there is a “right”.) I was nervous and don’t have the best answers on things when I am nervous. Would never be a great public speaker that is for sure!!!! One thing that was interesting today was our social worker encouraged us to not be so “white”. Interesting. I am very into learning and understanding the Korean culture, but find it odd to be told I am too “white”. I think I do understand what she is saying, but that is one for the memory bank. She wants us to try to “integrate” more Korean culture into our lives before Leah comes home. I certainly want to try to do that, but where I live, not so sure what is going on as far as Korean culture. I am going to ask our international agency for some ideas. Anyway, I think it was a good meeting overall. We got some paper work taken care of and a list of things to do over the next several months. I am talking with our interernational agency next week and I know we will be traveling up to pay them a visit soon.
Lots to think about from today, that is for sure!

 

First Homestudy meeting set up! October 6, 2009

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YEA! I heard from our social worker, Mary Sue. We have set up our first meeting for this Friday morning. woot -woot!!!!!

 

The price of adoption September 30, 2009

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Adoption is expensive!! My husband refuses to get a loan so I need to get super creative with fundraising!!! I love my husband and agree with this. I love how some blogs have raffles and give-aways. I want to try that – just need to figure out how to make my blog more user friendly. Does anyone know of a blog designer I can hire that is not too expensive??

This week we have two applications to turn in. One to our agency that is doing our homestudy for $150.00 and the other to our main international agency for $500.00. And this is just the beginning. 🙂 I am definately taking a picture of us at the post office tomorrow mailing them in – will put that up as soon as I download it. Our next big cost will be the homstudy fee at $1,550.00 due in the next 4 months. We get to split that up into two payments. We also will owe our international agency part of their dues, which will be 2,500.00. Then at referral we will owe the international agency $2,500.00. We have to use a seperate, local, agency for our homestudy because we are too far away from Maryland to use our international agency for homestudy. But we do have to travel up there upon them receiving our application to have a face to face interview. I know the Korea fee is $18,540.00 and that is due upon referral when we get the picture of our precious daughter and accept the referral. WHEW. Just writing it out my heart is racing faster.
I know God will provide in this and at least it is broken up into payments, with the big chunk being at the end. So we have time to save. There are some other fees as well – The cost will all end up being a little under 30 grand. But our little Leah? Priceless!
I think in this verse in Proverbs the Lord is trying to tell us to watch our money and to pay attention to where it goes. !!!! Hard to do for a woman who LOVES to shop.
Proverbs 27:23
Know well the face of your flocks; and pay attention to your herds.

Blessings to all who read!