We have been truly amazed at the support we are receiving from those around us! We need you all to keep rallying around us! This is going to be a long and chaotic process. But, take a look at that sweet face - it will be worth EVERY SECOND!!
Many of you have asked what the process is like so I am going to do my best to explain. Now, keep in mind this is still new to me and there are a lot of unknowns for us. So, please forgive me if I misspeak about a process! We are definitely learning as we go!
After finding our angel, our first step was to officially commit to her. We had a series of forms we needed to fill out and submit quickly. During this process we needed to keep our plans relatively quiet. The country we are adopting from is unique among most countries. Most countries allow adoptive parents to place a "hold" on a child they are intending to adopt. Meaning, they will no longer be available for other families to adopt. Our country does NOT allow this. What happens is a letter of intent is sent notifying them that they've identified an adoptive family, but this by no means is a 100% guarantee. Now, it is very, very unlikely that another family would be identified and get their paperwork finalized faster than we can, but it could happen. She could also, at any time, enter their local foster care system or be adopted by someone locally. Again, these scenarios are very unlikely, but they're still there. So, to put it mildly, adopting from this country is a HUGE leap of faith. One we have complete confidence in making!
Now, if absolute worst case scenario were to occur and we lost our babe, we would still proceed with an adoption from this country. We would complete what is called a blind referral. Basically, when we arrive in country they would present us with 3 kids who we would qualify to adopt and we can choose from those. Now, the chance of this actually happening are so slim, but we wanted to be upfront with everyone. If you have already donated to our adoption or are considering it, please know that any money you give WILL be applied to the adoption! If we tragically are unable to adopt Treva it would transfer to a new child. But, like I said, the chances are very slim this will happen. We are certainly not dwelling on the "what ifs" but daily thinking about what we know is truth at this moment! I've been clinging to this passage:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true...think about such things. (Philippians 4:6-8 NIV)
Now, our next step is to complete our home study by a local agency. I just spoke with the social worker today and we should have the paperwork in hand by tomorrow afternoon! I am so afraid of this process. I just feel like they are coming into my home to judge me as a wife and a mother. I'm not sure why I'm so scared. I've done foster care home studies twice and it wasn't a big deal, but I am so anxious this time. I basically feel like if they don't like me or how I mother they can put a complete stop to our adoption. I've talked to the social worker about my fears and she has been so understanding, but boy will I be glad when this process is over and all has been approved!
We are also applying for our passports to get those on the way to us. After that, your guess is about as good as mine as to what we will need to do. I'm so thankful we have amazing support from our Reece's Rainbow facilitation team and they will walk us through each and every step from here on out!
Once everything is submitted and approved we will get a travel date from the country. We may have a week's notice to plan or a month's. There is no way of knowing. Dave and I will then travel to country for about 2 1/2 weeks. I'm not exactly sure what will happen at that time. I do know we will get to spend time with our baby. We will then come back to the US for about 10-14 days. I will then head back to the country for another 1-2 weeks to finalize the adoption and bring our sweet girl home! Dave really, really wants to come the second leg of the journey too, but we felt it was more important for him to be home with our other 4 kids and he will need to get back to work. I'm hoping my mom will be able to join me on the second trip so I won't have to be completely alone! While both Dave and I are gone we will be relying so heavily on our family to take care of our other kiddos. It is going to be tough on all of them, but I am so thankfully to have such a supportive and encouraging family to help us out!
Please, if you have any questions or what clarification on the process don't hesitate to ask! We want to be an open book through this journey and will do our best to answer questions! Thanks again for all your early support and encouragement. Keep rallying with us!
-Pray our home study can be completed in record time. They typically take 6-8 weeks and even up to 12 weeks. We are praying for 4 weeks until completion!
-Pray that my heart will settle about the home study process
-Pray for fundraising ideas and opportunities to present themself.