We have two weeks until we arrive in Scotland. I’ve been telling people that though I know there is a lot to do to get this little family all packed up into six suitcases, I am actually feeling rather frozen. Every time I muster up some packing time, I find myself staring into the abyss, twirling around in circles, exhaling ten big sighs, and then promptly sitting myself down on the couch. Ok, slight exaggeration, but the abyss and the couch are not too much of a stretch.
One thing that I haven’t touched on in a while is our adoption. Recently, I have had a number of people ask me about this so I thought I would fill you all in on where we are at.
As most of you know, we were originally (way back in 2013) on the road to adopt two children from Lesotho, and as most of you know that transformed into receiving Calvin Jack (quite unexpectedly) in December 2014. After letting the dust settle for a bit, we have recently been talking to our adoption agency trying to work through how Scotland fits into everything in order to pursue another adoption.
Long story short, we remain in the Lesotho program (just one child) and currently sit 7th on the waiting list. Realistically, this could quite possibly be another year or two of waiting. With that in mind, we decided to join the domestic program at the same time. Our agency has been awesome and we are presently updating our Home Study which will be completed in Scotland (house visit). They told us that they often work with ex-pat families, so working with us overseas will not be a new thing for them. The director also mentioned to me last week that he discussed our situation with the local judge (who normally does the adoptions), and was advised that both an international or a domestic adoption would be a possibility for us while we are in Scotland. That is great news, like really great news.
After getting a clearer picture of this, I have been kicked into high gear and no longer stare into the abyss (well, not all the time). I am trying to complete as many things as possible related to the adoption before we head off. The biggest task is to begin applying for as many adoption grants I can. In many respects we are back to square one with financing the adoption because we used most of our funds for Calvin Jack. I am so thankful that I live in a country that has such a large pool of resources for adoption and helps to make this possible. The whole process that led to Calvin reminds me that we do what we can with what we have and trust God in the process.
You see, we know that pursuing another adoption is not a guarantee for an addition to the family. There are a lot of moving pieces that we need to fall into place. We would love to add to our family but know that this is not up to us. We can fill out all the paperwork in the world and yet this is no guarantee. So, much like we did at the beginning of the adoption process in 2013, we wait, we do what we can and we leave it all with the Lord who knows what is best.
Until next time….
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