A bit of weight is off our chests. We have officially completed and turned in our massive stack of paperwork to Bethany Christian Services...and I couldn't be happier to have it out of my face! "In depth" does not even come close to describing the information that's needed from us on those forms. But hey, I guess it makes sense for the agency to learn as much as they can about the people they're turning into parents.
No sooner had we turned in the paperwork to our agency than we received a call to confirm that everything had been received and to set up our first home study meeting. Now that's 24 hour efficiency! Our first meeting is scheduled for December 22nd. As described in other sections of this blog, the home study is a three-part session that includes discussion and counsel about being adoptive parents, as well as an inspection of our house during the third session. We're really looking forward to digging into it.
Thank you to all of you who pray with us and for us about our future children -- nothing could be more powerful. Thank you to all of you who have encouraged and loved on us, even in the smallest and most unexpected of ways -- you've picked us up in ways you'll never know. Thank you to all who've already helped us out by contributing financially to our adoption fund -- our gratitude for your gifts will know no end.
More details to come after our first home study meeting...