Affirmations and updates

Needed to record what's been going on for us lately:  In the past few weeks, Justin and I have received so many affirmations that we are following God's path for our lives. I don't believe in coincidence, and even if I did, this would not be an example of it. I once heard it this way: "Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous."

Two weeks ago, a gentleman at Justin's work gave us a generous donation toward the adoption fund. It was completely out of the blue and unexpected. He and his wife have an adopted daughter from China and he simply said "We've been blessed by adoption and wanted to bless you."  Then, Justin's mom and step-dad were compelled to give us another amazing gift. Along with my parents' donation, we now have the rest of the initial fee to complete our home study! After the home study is approved, we will be able to apply for grants and loans which will help us with the final placement fees.

Additionally, we found out that Justin got a promotion that he was asked about a few weeks ago and the raise he will get will more than cover what we will lose in my salary when I quit work when the baby comes home! God has been amazingly blessing us and providing what we need when we need it. Just wanted to let you know where we are.  Thank you to everyone who has adopted a turtle.

If I had a dime for every time we've been asked "so where are you in the process?" I would have been able to pay the adoption costs plus some! Answering the question is tough. We really have no idea how much longer it will be before our home study is complete and Bethany begins showing our profile to birth parents. But with our paperwork completed, the biggest step is out of the way. Next, we will have our interviews with the staff, our home safety visit, and create our profile books for the birth parents.

A good friend of mine had a baby last week and we are thrilled. It was such a precious time to get to see her on the day she was born and to know the story of the long road they had to get to that day.  Our road looks a little different than we thought it would, but nevertheless, we await the day when we too will have our precious baby in our arms.  It will all be worth it.


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