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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

When will I learn?

When will I learn that I have nothing to fear?

I have nothing to worry about?

My life is in the hands of my Father in heaven, and He only wants good for me.

Ya....all that worry and stress over our first home study meeting last night was for nothing.

Our social worker is absolutely wonderful. Within less than 10 minutes I was completely at ease, and it was very evident to me that God had hand-picked Kristen to walk this journey with our family. Wow.

Jim and I did get a chuckle over one thing. Kristen pulled out our autobiographies and asked me if I was a writer. I said no. Then she went on to say how long mine was and how it was the most thorough autobiography she had ever read. Ha! Ask me to speak, and I have got nothing. Ask me to write, and I will give you a book! Jim and I giggled about that on our way home.

I can honestly say that our meeting was enjoyable and even fun. She answered a lot of questions for us about integrating our Ethiopian child into our white community and family. She gave us a lot of solid, wise and biblical advice. Some of it we had not even considered.

We talked earnestly about our plan for the weeks following bringing our baby home. We were encouraged to talk through our plan and write it out. It is very strongly suggested that we cocoon our family for at least six weeks. This means that we will have no visitors of any kind during this time, and that at least one of us will be home with our son during this time. He will not go out of our home (unless he has doctor appointments) for this period. This will help the bonding and attachment process to occur. This will also allow our son to understand that Jim and I are his daddy and mommy, and that he is in our family to stay. We are still thinking through all of this, but I must admit the thought of being cocooned and secluded in my home for six weeks sounds delicious! {grin} We talked of so many things. I learned a great deal, and we walked away from that meeting really excited to move forward!

Thank you so much for your prayers. I felt every one of them, as I peacefully sat through the meeting and carried on conversation with a stranger with not a bit of anxiety on my part. On Sunday Kristen comes here for the home inspection. I am really not nervous any longer. I have a few things to do around the house, and we hope to set up the baby's room before then! Kristen will also interview Cadi for a bit on Sunday, and she will do either Jim or my independent interview as well.

We will then have two more meetings. It is possible they could both happen in August, so it is very probable that we could be DTE (Dossier to Ethiopia) by the end of September!! (Providing that God provides the finances. We are earnestly praying to that end.) I am just getting more and more excited and less anxious as the days go by. I know that there will still be hurdles ahead, but I am praying that I am learning to truly rely on my heavenly Father who loves and cares for our son in Ethiopia more than we could ever imagine to.

And while I wait for my own new son, I will soak up my sister's boy! (At least in photos....)

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11 comments:

Kate said...

I am glad everything went well and am sure that the social worker will love your home on Sunday. Judging by the way you write, your home truly is your castle and you have created a home for your family within it. I am sure that this shows. Anyway, good luck for Sunday! Your family will be in my prayers :)

Your nephew is super cute :) Thank you for sharing pictures.

Blessings,
Kate

Grace Wheeler said...

Wow! you and your sister look so much a like! What a cute little man too!

Mary Joy said...

Oh how wonderful!!!! God is SO good and so in control of things, sometimes we just forget for a couple of seconds when its about something that is SO important to us. :-)

You will do great!! And the cocooning is such a great idea! You will all fall in complete love with one another! :-)

Praying for you and your adoption journey!!!

Encouraging in His Grace,

Mary Joy

Mary Joy said...

I almost forgot!!! You are too a writer!!!! I love reading what you write here on your blog!!! Never sell yourself short on that! :-) God has given you a gift to bring glory to Him!

Lara said...

I just had a "when will I learn" moment myself - balancing the checkbook after paying for our homestudy and agency fees!! God is so good.

Kylie said...

I really feel like I could have written your entry. SO similar to mine and my experience! Praise God that He has eased our concerns! :) I was a wreck the day of our first too! I hope we can meet and travel together. We're in the same part of the process! :)

rameelin said...

I am SOOOO thrilled for you that it all went so smoothly. Isn't it amazing to feel the Lord's plan unfold so perfectly? Oh & your nephew is delightful!!! Love 'being' on this journey with you!!!

Theresa said...

I love the concept of cocooning your new little love! That is going to be such a precious time!

Heather said...

That's so wonderful that your home study went well! I'll continue to pray that God gives you a peace throughout this process.
Cute pictures of your sister's baby- how precious.

Barbie said...

I am so thankful everything went so well. Continuing to pray for everything to fall into place and for financial provision. Your nephew is adorable!

Kylee said...

Just thinking about you as you had your home study today...I hope everything went well. I remember being 6 years old when we had our home study for fostering. They had to "interview" me, and the questions I gave were far from appropriate. I'm sure they love the answers they get from little kids, and I'm sure your sweet Cadi did a wonderful job.

Hope to hear how everything went very soon!

~Kylee

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