Beginning Again

Hi, everyone!  I am officially returning to the world of regular blogging because I have big news!  We are starting our adoption process again!

Due to our big move and the special arrival of G, we needed to change agencies.  We have chosen to use Private Adoption Services, Inc. in Cincinnati.  We do know that it seems weird to choose an agency so far away.  Private Adoption Services was recommended to us by another family who adopted.  They shared a wonderful testimony of how positive their adoption experience was.  What really convinced us was that their child’s birthmother had told them that as difficult as the process had been that she had felt so supported and cared for.  The family we know had other people who used the agency tell them the same thing.  Also, the agency offers counseling for birth families before and after the adoption!  We want so much to minister to a birth family, to serve and love them during this extremely difficult time.

So we are beginning again!  Well, actually we have already begun.  We redid our homestudy, completed our background checks, filled out our application forms, and asked for reference letters.  Our hope is to be in process with the agency within the next month, Lord willing!

As you know we did a lot of fundraising in the past.  That money went to pay for our homestudy and all of our agency fees.  Because we had to switch agencies, we unfortunately were not able to get most of our money back.  For those of you who gave in the past, I know how frustrating this is. As discouraging as the financial loss is, we are trusting in God’s sovereign plan.  He is the One who truly provides for our needs, and the money was His to do with as He pleased.

We have renewed two of our online fundraisers, Just Love Coffee and Flower Power.  Just Love Coffee sells delicious fair-trade and organic coffees and gives us a portion of the proceeds.  Flower Power sells beautiful garden plants, and we get 50% of the money from those sales.  Please check out those awesome sites.  The links are on the side of our blog.  By the way, our Flower Power site has been having a bit of trouble.  I am hoping it will be resolved within the next few days; so if it doesn’t work, please try again later!

We so appreciate your prayers and support during this time!  We cannot wait to see the ways God works as He grows our family through adoption!

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