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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... :)

17 comments:

ezza said...

I recently stumbled upon your blog, and realized that i recognized you from the nest! I am so happy that you have finally found a peace in the next step of your journey. I have been and will continue to pray for you! Really happy for the good news!

Julia said...

Yay, Erin! This sounds so awesome. I'm glad you are at peace and I wish you only the best with this venture.

So Not Martha said...

Hooray! That is such great news! I will pray that God will send you the right baby and things will go well!

P.S. We really miss you on D&R....

Candice said...

This definetly sounds like the right thing for your family right now. I am so excited for you, and that fact that you have a different feeling about the whole thing makes me feel like this is what you were meant to do at this time in your life. i am so excited and happy for you and your husband, I will pray for the process to go a smoothly and quickly as possible. Congrats!

Andrea said...
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Andrea said...

This is great news--how awesome! I love it when the pieces start to fall into place and the bigger picture starts to reveal itself. Praying and hoping for you guys!

(and sorry, I had a typo so I reposted...I couldn't bear to look at it on the screen!)

The Longs said...

This almost made me cry! I love you and am so excited for all that is to come for you and Heath this year. You know I'll keep praying for you! Miss ya!

Two of a Kind said...

So glad to hear it. I can't wait to see how this all plays out for you guys! I have a great feeling about it.

Mrs. Dimple said...

This is so exciting for you two!! I can't wait to see who is brought into your lives when all of this unfolds :)

LeeAnn said...

That's wonderful Chico! I hope it all starts very soon.

Beka Bullard said...

You are being called for "such a time as this". God is preparing the path for your baby to find his or her home with you right now. You do not have to do anything but sit back and wait for God's perfect timing to bring your little blessing home in your arms. What a relief when we just give it all to Him!!

Leslie G said...

YES! That is such awesome news. I hope that you continue to post your journey! And I agree, we really do miss you on D&R. =)

Rachel said...

wow that's awesome!!!!!!

ezza said...

so i promise that i am not cyber stalking you... but i believe you went to med school with a high school friend of mine (facebook). she runs all the time, speaks fluent french, sky dives, and somehow managed to make great grades... do you know her? :)

HBee said...

How exciting. I'm hoping and praying things work out pefectly.

The Bullards said...

Hey Erin- I saw the link to your blog on Rebekah's. Love to read about your journey. Best wishes and God's blessings to you!
-Candice

Freckles Chick said...

A long time in the making, this journey. I don't know how it's possible to feel this happy for someone I "met" thru the blogworld, but I'm just thrilled for you guys. And esp. that you've made peace w/ everything, E =)