Thursday, January 22, 2009

looking up.

Our meeting Thursday night went so well! First of all, if you didn't already, click on the link below and read about Anna's House. It is the most amazing organization! I am so glad that we've found it and are going to be a part of the wonderful work that they do.

I feel so at peace that this is exactly what we're supposed to be doing. Looking back, I feel like our journey has led us towards this. I had thrown around the idea of fostering, but always decided it wasn't for us. Turns out, God has slowly been opening our hearts to the idea all along.

Liz (the co-director of Anna's House) is such a wonderful Christian woman. Her and Greg prayed with us and really seem invested in making sure this works out for us. They prayed that we would have our 'forever baby' in our arms very soon. They are both very optimistic about us being able to adopt.

By going through Anna's House rather than directly through DHS, we have saved ourselves several months of stress and paperwork. AH focuses on streamlining the process for prospective families and being a liaison between us and DHS. Apparently the documents that we turned in on Thursday would have taken several months had we waited on DHS!

After turning in our stack of papers, we were handed another folder full of papers to fill out. It was actually fun sitting down with Heath and answering questions about our childhood, marriage and desire to parent. We'll be turning it in tomorrow and I guess that will officially make us PAPER PREGNANT!

I cannot believe that for the first time, I can say that without a doubt we will have a baby in our arms within the next 6 months or so. If we did IVF or adoption, I would not be able to say that with certainty. Of all the opportunities that have presented throughout this journey, I finally feel like we're moving forward. I'm not overly anxious or excited like I have been in the past, but I have a new kind of peace and comfort knowing that we're following that plan that was meant to be.

As far as a time line, it sounds like it may be a few months before we have a home study, but Liz is going to help us move things along (like our 27 hours of classes...ugh) and everything else so that we will have a baby in our arms sooner than later!

Thank you for your prayers, recently and over the last few years - I know that we still have a long journey ahead but there are times that I don' t know how I would have coped if I didn't have this blog to vent on and your support and prayer to help me power through.

Things are looking up... :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

34 hours.

We're meeting with E from Anna's House tomorrow at 7:30! I'm so nervous! Eeeek!

Monday, January 19, 2009

i just can't do it.

I can't blog. I just don't feel like it. I've been working my butt off - I racked in 93 hours the week of New Year's, but when I do have the time I just can't put fingers to keyboard (or pen to paper...get it?)

I have tons of things I want to post about. We had Heath's 30th birthday bash at the house last weekend and it was quite a success...except that the guest of honor ended up passed out around the toilet at 11:00 pm - I have pictures of that one!

We've been working on getting all our of our documents together to meet with a fostering agency. We've decided to go through an agency that specializes in infant and toddler foster care. We've yet to find out if there is a good chance of us fostering to adopt. Hopefully we'll have our documents and meet by the end of next week. I'm hoping to get the ball rolling before next month. I rotate through the newborn nursery in February and I am trying to prepare myself now for what I will see. I'm sure there will be tons of unwanted pregnancies, mom's with positive drug tests and young, unfit will be a rough month. I just hope that we have something brewing that can keep me preoccupied.

So, that's it. I'm here. Just avoiding blogging for some reason. Maybe I'll post a picture post to update on what we've been doing.

Keep us in your prayers...I have no idea what kind of time frame to expect with fostering, but we're hoping something happens soon!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Happy Birthday, Bubbles!!

Today my sweet, funny and good lookin' husband turns 30.

Happy Birthday, Bub! I love you more every day. I am looking forward to what this year holds for us. I wish I could give you your one true birthday wish, but I pray that it comes soon. You have been my rock and you have no idea how much all that you do means to me. I am so thankful that God chose me to be your wife. I love your sense of humor, your work ethic, your motivation to keep me on a budget (thank goodness!) and all the little things you do for me. Hope today is a good one. Let's hope the Sooners bring in a win for your bday!

Love you!