These last few days have been wonderful! A lot has been going on, and most all of it has been good! My mom flew in for a visit on Wednesday afternoon, and we have had an amazing time together. We have also scheduled our first interview and been contacted by the social worker who will be conducting our home study.
First things first... Mom came to visit! It was so, so, so good to have her in town for a few days. We went shopping, tried out some new restaurants, went for walks in some of the parks around Birmingham, talked on and on about the adoption (so grateful to have such supportive parents!) and worked on Bible studies for Honduras this summer. I still cannot get over what a miracle it is to have her here. The Lord blessed me with a wonderful mom, and I have always been so very grateful to have her in my life. But since "the incident" in January of this year, each time I look at her, I am reminded of God's incredible sovereignty. He truly is the Lord of all.
Look how beautiful she is!
Mom and I were in the car together on Friday when I got an exciting phone call. Our social worker! She sounds oh-so sweet, and we are super excited to meet her. Our first interview is scheduled for this Wednesday night via cellphone. This will be with the Lifeline Ethiopia representative (also an incredibly sweet woman, who has been unbelievably helpful and patient with me and my one million and one questions). From what I understand, this will be an orientation interview during which we will become more acquainted with the Ethiopian adoption process and during which the Ethiopia program will learn more about us. We will also be speaking with our social worker toward the end of the week about setting up more times for our other interviews and looking at exactly how the home study process will work.
Mom's flight left this morning, and we (Adam and I) spent the better part of the day working on our online adoption training. We are pleased to announce that we both finished the course! It is amazing to think about how much goes into an adoption, and we have definitely learned a whole lot during just this one course. It is really easy to idealize what this whole process will look like and even how our sweet baby will react to us at first. This training really helped to open our eyes to what life is like for children who are orphaned around the world, and I think we are now going to do a better job of walking in with our eyes open. Still, we ultimately trust in our Heavenly Father, who has His mighty hand over this entire thing, who already knows our sweet angel and who will guide us until we bring him/her safely home.
Adam and I are thrilled beyond words to be in the midst of this incredible journey. Please pray that God would sustain us and energize us, as we have some long months ahead. Please pray that when we start to feel overwhelmed that we would turn to God and rely on Him and not our own strength. We know that the Lord will be the One to carry us through this part of our lives.
"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31