Sunday, February 24, 2013

Very Late, Yet Very Exciting News...


Have I mentioned I'm way behind on my blogging??? LOL

Well, on December 15th I discovered this sweet, scrumptious face on the My Family Found Me page. (you're going to have to scroll way down if you want to see him as 59 more kids have been found since him – is that not the most beautiful thing ever?!)

Andrey!

I figured I’d better introduce you to the wonderful family God has chosen for our little Andrey now otherwise, given my current blogging track record, Andrey could be home by the time I get around to writing a whole other post about them!

Katherine and Asa Killen
(and their two beautiful daughters, Piper and Zoe)

The story of how the Killen’s found Andrey is a beautiful story of unconditional love. They fell in love with one sole picture and a promise from God that the beautiful child in it was their son. It wasn't until later that they learned about all of Andrey’s special needs but that didn't change one thing. In their own words, “He is PERFECT; just the way he is.


I encourage you to take a few minutes to watch the video above and get to know the Killen family – it won’t take you long to see why I am so excited that God has chosen them for my little munchkin!  After you've watched the video, please hop over to their blog, leave a comment and let them know that you’re praying for them and, if you can, donate to help bring this little boy home where he belongs.


To my little munchkin:
If I’m going to be honest I have to say, I wasn’t sure this day would ever come. Your needs so intimidating, I wasn’t sure a family would ever have the courage to say “yes” to you. But God had the perfect family in mind all along, a family not afraid of what life’s hardships have done to you but able to see you for the little boy God created you to be. I will never forget the day I got to witness you take your first steps unassisted. To see you taking those steps of faith, trusting me to keep you safe, and then the moment when everything in you let go and your laugher filled the air. It was one of the highlights of my trip and I will forever be grateful for the privilege of being allowed to share in that holy moment with you. I pray that as you are welcomed into your new, forever family that the trust, the confidence and the joy that I saw in you that day would continue to grow and that God would heal all of the hurt in your heart and make you a new creation in Him.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy Family Day!

Today is Family Day, a statutory holiday in Ontario (the province that I work in) which made it the perfect day to finish up my homestudy. Yes, you read that right, my homestudy is finished! It is a story that only God could have written and I look forward to sharing every detail with you all but should probably wait until I have the final approved copy in my hands. In the meantime, I know the details of this adoption have been coming out in bits and pieces so I thought maybe I should give you a timeline. I should have a draft of my homestudy within two weeks at which point I will be able to look at profiles and find out who my child is. I expect to be ready to submit my dossier in four to six weeks and, barring any unforeseen delays, should have my child in my arms before the end of the summer. I appreciate your continued prayers as things continue to move forward. One thing that has been made very clear - God is definitely in this.

Precious little one, this journey to you has already been so much harder, so much sooner than I ever imagined but one thing I know for sure - you are worth it all (and even more!). I cannot wait 'till this time next year when we get to celebrate Family Day together and look back and remember how God was moving the mountains to bring you home.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Better

For the first time since I began this whole homestudy process, I walked away last night feeling good (no tears!). God gave me such peace and confidence going into our meeting yesterday and rather than feeling nervous, I actually felt excited about what He was going to do (only God...)! God definitely gave me the words to say in response to some tough questions and I feel like He is beginning to bring some understanding. There are still obstacles to overcome but I have no doubt that God is moving. Thank you for your prayers, I can definitely feel them. Please keep them coming - my next meeting is on Monday.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Emotional Roller Coaster...

In 24 hours I went from hearing, "It's a waste of time to continue with your homestudy, we're not going to approve you" to a message on my answering machine saying, "we're going to move forward"... That's all the details I'm going to go into for now except to say that God is clearly fighting on behalf on me and my child(ren) but, the battle is far from over. My next meeting is on Tuesday evening. Please keep praying.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Homestudy Update / Prayer Request

So, I know, I'm all over the map these days (literally!)... I got back from Uganda on Monday night and jumped right back into life here. I'm hoping to post more about the second half of our trip but right now, I am back to moving full speed ahead with my adoption and I want to ask for your prayers. My homestudy on New Years went ok but not great. I spoke to my social worker the morning after returning home and she told me that they have concerns. She didn't want to get into it over the phone but said that we would discuss it more at our next meeting, this Tuesday. At first when I heard those dreaded words I had to remind myself to keep breathing. Since then however God has given me a lot of peace. I know that He and He alone has the final say in all of this. One of the most amazing parts of this trip to Africa has been watching God use the theme from our camp not only in the kids lives but in ours as well (more on that later). Over the past week God has given me peace as I have been reminded that God has good plans for me... His plans cannot be destroyed... I can trust in Him. Please pray that I would continue to be able to trust in God and His plans, whatever those plans may be. Also, please pray that God would give me the words to clearly express my heart and motivations and effectively address whatever concerns they may have. Thank you!!!