Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Homestudy Visit #1

We had our first of three home study visits yesterday morning. And in our opinion it went great! We are so blessed to have the most wonderful social worker who is very laid back and makes us feel very comfortable. She is clearly a woman of God and we are very thankful for that.
We started at 9:30 and finished at about 12:10. The time flew by very fast since we were busy answering question after question about everything you could imagine. It didn't feel like an interview, more like telling the story of your life.
Thanks to all of you for your prayers. You have no idea how much they helped us to stay calm. I got a little nervous right before she arrived and just as soon as I realized I was nervous I was calm again. We are super excited to be one step closer! Our next visit is next Tuesday morning, the 15th. We will go into Sioux Falls for that one and have to be interviewed separately. Keep the prayers coming!

Step of Faith

Last Thursday evening we went to an adoption panel put on by our adoption agency. There were two couples that had adopted internationally and two couples that were there with the sets of birth parents who they had adopted from. I can not even begin to describe to you how wonderful of an opportunity this was for us. Each of the 6 couples shared their stories and when they were finished all of us couples getting ready to adopt could ask them anything we wanted. They were so open and honest with us, it was just fabulous.
Being able to hear from other couples who have been through the process before was just priceless. And to hear from these parents who had loved their unborn babies enough to give them a better life just indescribable. It made us think about things we had never even considered before. God definitely used this to open our eyes and our hearts even more in this process. I am so thankful for Thursday night, and the extra peace, excitement, and openness it brought to our hearts!
As we were talking with friends recently it was brought up once again, that adoption is really a step of faith. There are many unknowns and it can get a little scary at times but that is when we just have to trust God and remember as we should in all things, that we are not in control and he is. And that is honestly a huge weight off of our shoulders! I have had overwhelming peace throughout this entire process and I know that without faith this wouldn't be possible.
God is good, all the time. And we are thankful.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

HomeStudy Visits

All of the paperwork and fingerprints came back and we are officially ready to start our homestudy! We have our first visit on Tuesday the 8th and the next two will be on the following two Tuesdays. That means we should have our final homestudy on the 22nd of November.
We are so excited to do our homestudy and be ready to be picked! This also means I have about 3 weeks to get our Profile Book completed. So prayers for calm nerves for the homestudy and for us to get the book finished would be greatly appreciated!
Also, we would love to have you all praying for our future baby and birth family as well. It is so amazing and humbling to think that someone could be out there right now carrying baby Masters! We have been praying for our baby and the family that has chosen to give our baby life and would love to have you praying with us as well!