The last couple of weeks have been super busy but good. This is our second week of homeschool. J is in second grade, and S just started Kindergarten! We completed and sent in all of our adoption paperwork two weeks ago. And last week we also finished our adoption profile and mailed it to our agency!
An adoption profile is kind of like a scrapbook about our family. Birthparents look through adoption profiles to choose the adopting parents they want to raise their child. While our profile doesn’t include any identifying information (like our last name or where we live), it has pictures of our family and tells what we are all like. The profile also includes a letter which we wrote to our child’s birthparents. This profile probably includes all of the information that our birthparents will know about us. We spent so much time making the profile, thinking about and praying over what to say and what pictures to include. It was so exhausting, emotionally and physically due to the many late nights! But we are finally done, and the profile has been sent! Now we just trust God to let the right person see it at the right time.
God has also given us some special blessings this week. On Wednesday we will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Rick Morton who co-authored Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care and also wrote KnowOrphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology. Dr. Morton has three adopted children. God has placed in our hearts such a burden to care for orphans, and we are so very exciting to meet with someone who has so much experience and knowledge in this area! I am sure I will have lots of amazing information to share with you soon!
While I was writing this blog post, I received another special blessing! A friend sent me text, saying that her daughter has asked their family to contribute money once a month to our adoption fund. I am so overwhelmed! God is truly a great provider, and I am so glad that He allows us to be a part of that! Forever after, we will be able to tell our child that this family, this girl, played a part in bringing him or her home! What joy!
I wanted to let you know that we still have bracelets from The Apparent Project, but we will only have them for a few more weeks. These beautiful bracelets are made by Haitian artisans, and the work allows them to provide a better life for their families! We are thrilled to be partnering with this ministry. If you are interested in making a purchase, you can ask me or Jeremy about them any time. If you live away from us, we would be happy to ship you a bracelet. The cost is $10, with $3 for shipping and handling. For every purchase $5 goes toward our adoption fund, and the other $5 goes to the Haitian artisans! If you send us a check, we will send your bracelet right away. If you need our address, send either of us a message on Facebook or a comment on the blog.
Thank you to all of you who have and are playing a part in our family’s adoption story. God is truly doing great things!