Do you know what this stack of papers means?? ¬†We sent our dossier off to our adoption agency. It’s gone. This adoption is officially out of our hands. Not that it was ever in our hands to begin with, we know that. God has been in control this whole time and will continue to be. But the headache-inducing paperwork is done and we’re so so glad. I told my friend that I would be so relieved when it wasn’t totally up to us to run around the get all this paperwork together. She replied that sometimes the waiting when there’s nothing for you to do it the hardest part. Probably true. So give me 2 months and I will most likely be complaining that I have no control over this situation and everything and everyone is taking waaaaaaay too long ;). We’re just so excited to meet this little girl, things literally cannot go fast enough at this point.

So now we need to begin the work of getting our house ready for a third member. I think this is going to be one of the most fun parts. We have several rooms that need painted and fixed up. Furniture needs to be rearranged. I have a plan in my head, it’s just going to take a little while to execute it. Our upstairs is going to undergo a pretty big transformation. Basically, the room we use as a giant closet right now is going to be an office/reading/play room. Ha!

I got this cute little stool to start the process. I stumbled on it at HomeGoods. It was the only one there, so I snatched it up! I was at Ikea last weekend and almost bought a little plastic one, and I’m so glad I waited. I love this stool. It’s perfect for our elephant-themed room. I also got some great Ugandan stuff from my friend that I’ll share in a bit.

Well, we’re off to enjoy our weekend without the stress of something hanging over our heads. Yay!!


The Adoption Process

I want to share some more about the adoption process. My plan is to update the blog as we go along. Obviously, we’ve completed quite a few steps in the process, so I will be back-tracking a bit at first here. But I want to be transparent about adoption–why we decided to adopt, what the process looks like (or at least what it has looked like for us), and what to expect if you’re thinking about adoption. I am by no means an expert on adoption. I have done some, but not a ton, of research on the subject. But I do know our story, and we’d like to share it if it helps others who are thinking about or have ever thought about adoption.

My plan is to do a blog series on adoption with a new post every week or two. I know from this experience that adoption can seem scary and daunting. We always talked about adopting one day, we even thought we’d start the process not long after we got married, but when we got to the point that it became real, I was really nervous! The cost alone was enough to give me a heart attack, but add in the fact that there are all sorts of special considerations for parenting an adopted child, and I quickly became overwhelmed. We basically just had to take it one (tiny) step at a time and trust that God was in all the details and would work things out. It’s a tough process, but I know for certain that it will all be worth it in the end.

Next Monday, I’ll be back with a post about the home study process. If you have any questions about the adoption process, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll make sure to answer it if I’m able to :).


The Announcement: A Follow-Up

First of all…thank you, thank you thank you!! For the calls, the texts, the many Facebook comments. We have been so excited about this for months, and it was so sweet to see that so many of you are rejoicing along with us. We are overjoyed that we’ve been given this opportunity and can’t wait to bring this precious little girl home.

Today, I thought I’d answer some of the questions we’ve received during the process so far. Here goes….

How did you keep it a secret??

This one was pretty hard…for me. For Corey it was relatively cut-and-dry. He wanted to wait until our home study was complete to put the news out there. I definitely wanted to respect his feelings, so that gave me the drive to keep things under wraps. But man oh man, sometimes it was so difficult! Especially when people were asking me point-blank questions about adoption. I’m so sorry to the friends I misled and sort of lied to! We just wanted to make sure everything was a go before we shared a lot of information.

What is a home study?

This is a good one! I have to admit, I wasn’t really all that sure myself before we started this process. I’ll do an actual post on our home study process since my answer to this question could get kind of long. But generally, it is a bunch of documents and several meetings with a social worker. Not painless, but not terrible either. In the end, it just felt kind of long and drawn out.

How did you decide on Uganda?

This ended up being kind of easy. Through some circumstances that truly only God could have put into motion, it was very easy to narrow down where we wanted to adopt from.

Will you travel to Uganda? 

Yep! We expect to travel some time over the summer, but honestly, at this point a lot of it is out of our hands. We will need to send our paperwork to various government agencies for approval. Our travel date will depend in part on how long it takes these agencies to process our paperwork. Once that is all done we will get a court date in Uganda, at which time we’ll be able to travel. This is a huge oversimplification of what the rest of the process looks like. In short, we will most likely go to Uganda to get our little girl sometime this summer. Things could go a little faster or a little slower, but we hope to be back by the end of summer. Things could change…a lot actually…that’s just the nature of international adoption, so at this time this is just an estimate.

Are you going to blog throughout the rest of the adoption process?

I am going to try to blog what I can as it happens. However, due to the nature of international adoption, we most likely will not be able to share any specifics. I do want to write about some of the more general stuff, like how we decided to adopt and what the overall process of international adoption looks like.

Thank you again so much for your excitement. We were blown away by all the love you showed us :).