So we are starting a blog. I didn't know if we would ever get into this or not, but I was inspired tonight as I read a few postings by other families who "blogged" their journey of adoption. I know it will be a way for us to remember every little step of the way, to see God's faithfulness through and through, and to share our journey with all of our friends and family, near and far. So please join us in this journey and please pray with us and for us, I know we'll need a lot of that!
Evan and I have always planned to adopt, and we both wanted to adopt from Africa. This past May, as my sister Cami and her husband Garrett told us of their plans to adopt from Ethiopia, it sparked a desire in us to do the same! After prayerful consideration, together and with family, we decided to embark on the journey. We applied in June through All God's Children International (AGCI) adoption agency, based here in Portland, and were accepted. We have requested a boy, 12 months or younger at the age of referral. We then began the long process of a Home Study and will soon complete it. Last week we had our first of two Home Study meetings with our Social Worker, and next week we'll have the second. Once that is completed and our Home Study is approved, we'll complete our Dossier and send it to Ethiopia. Once that is received we are on the waiting list for about 6-8 months until referral; receiving a picture and information about our son. Then it is supposed to be about another 2-4 months before we go get him. That equals 12 months or less!!! So by the end of Fall 2009 we will be very proud parents!!! It feels so good to say that!
There'll be more to come as we learn more as well, but please, please pray for us as we continue on this path the Lord has before us!!!
Love you all!
Cori (and Evan)