Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Update Day

Dear ones:

Today is homestudy update day. We appreciate your prayers as we move forward. Please pray for God's guidance and provision. I daily come across domestic opportunities. All situations are in the 16k-30k range. This we just don't have. We refuse to borrow another cent. It at times makes me want to rip my hair out because I wish we would not have lost all the money we did with Guatemala. I often feel adoption paralyzed. 

We are looking into Foster care adoption also, which is risky and I honestly don't know if I have it in me to go down that emotional roller coaster. With the cost of domestic placement
through agencies though it may be our only option. I know God can do above and beyond what we can even ask or think. So we continue to wait and see what He will do. The temptation is to be like Sarah and Abraham and "make something happen" but I truly want this to be a life story to reflect God's glory.

Lord Jesus your will be done.


  1. Foster care adoption has been an emotional roller coaster for us. But I know that God has lead us here and I am waiting for His mighty hand to move and bring us our child.

    It is tough, but if God calls you to it I can guarantee he will bless you beyond words.

    Nothing is for certain, and there's not much I can reveal right now, but it seems as if God may be working out a miracle in our situation. A miracle in which we would be by-passing a lot of what I thought we would have to go through.

    Praying for you! You'll know what he desires and I'm sure you'll go in that direction!

  2. We did adoption thru foster care and with the SWIFT law it does not give birth parents as much time to "play around" as before the law. Also, when you go into foster care with the intention of adoption you of course let your case worker know that up front!! They have kids that need adoption now even though they have to 'play the game' a bit longer. I made sure each and ever case worker (and you have a few) new verbally and in written letter that our intentions were to adopt that child. I also wrote the judge letting him know. I also went to every court hearing...even when they said it was just a sm. hearing and I wasnt needed there I went. I wanted the judge, case workers,EVERYONE to know I was committed to every single fiber on that child and wanted them to be VERY familiar with my face.
    I wont write a novel on your blog but if you have any questions please email me. I love this way of doing it and will advocate MORE people doing this way!!!! These kids right here in our backyard are begging more a mommy and daddy
    My email is hey_traci@yahoo.com

  3. Its me again...One extra thing. We fell into foster care/ adoption. It wasnt our intent. God literally brought it to our front door but you pay nothing. If money is an issue that would not be an issue in this case. In fact, they pay you. In some states they even continue to pay you AFTER the adoption is finalized. I know you arent looking to make money, nor were we but you certainly would not be out another dime.

  4. Michelle,
    I think of you so often. I know God will open a door for you. You are in my prayers.

  5. Your comment on our blog today melted my heart. You're obviously neither selfish, nor a fool... but I was reminded how much we adults can learn from the spirit and simple trust of a child.

    You're a blessing, and I'm sure your husband and family would agree.

    Brent (Abby's Dad)

  6. Read your second comment to us. We are all only one choice and one prayer away from being what God wants us to be. "Be merciful to me O God, a sinner"

    The power of the Christian life is that circumstances have no power over the Truth of our Hope and our Eternity. Learn to have an eternal perspective. I'm going to use your comments for a lesson on SeriousFaith tomorrow... www.seriousfaith.com


  7. For you:



  8. Hi there! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier!

    Wow! I admire your faith. And I know that the Lord will bless you....and I have learned that it is in ways we never expected. Maybe foster/adopt is that for you. It was for us!

    If you ever have any questions...please feel free to ask. I am not an expert...but I am a good listener! :)

    God bless you,

  9. I haven't stopped by in a while, and when I read your last few posts, I have so much sympathy for the decision-making struggle. Everyone's journey is different, but for us, we weren't even considering international adoption because of all the issues. Until God essentially put a child in front of us and said, "This is the one I have for you." We really struggled with stepping out on faith for the cost, the wait, the age of our son, the language barrier -- but we walked forward (tentatively) in faith and God has met every need. A passage that has been really encouraging for me is in Exodus where God tells Moses that he will be the one to lead Israel out of Egypt. Moses has a lot of excuses and a lot of questions, just like me! I love how God responds to him, so firm and asking Moses to trust but also encouraging and making provisions for Moses' weakness. Sorry this is such a long comment, but I hope to have encouraged you with some of the things that have been an encouragement to me. Also, have you considered some of the larger international agencies that provide whole or partial sponsors for the adoption fees for older/special needs kids? Just a thought...


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