Wednesday, July 11, 2012

One Hour and Fifteen Minutes

The mad scramble has been totally successful. Monday night Jason and I looked at each other and both wondered if we should reschedule Wednesday's meeting. But one late night and a whole lot of speed reading later, we've ingested and digested some incredibly eye-opening adoption information. 

If we felt like our initial application asked us to sign ten times that we were willing to lose all control and pay lots of money, then the forms we signed off on last night...the forms we'll turn in in one hour and fifteen minutes for our final home study...were papers assuring the agency we understand the SIGNIFICANT issues and risks we're facing and we still accept the challenge.

When you read adoption stories or adoption blogs you rarely hear families talk about how scary and unnerving the possible physical, emotional and behavioral issues of older adopted children are. In fact, at least some combination of issues will exist for children from hard places...and older children at that. So we are signing papers to say we will parent through difficult, unforeseeable issues. 

While we finished everything up and made copies I smiled when I saw the nurse's name who met us and did our lab work-- India. Yes, God has led us to this place and we are trusting he'll give us strength for the hard times. 

I want this to be a place of honesty. And honestly we're excited to move to the next stage but wide-eyed at the decision we are making with every form and dollar.

So, tonight we meet and turn in everything, signatures at all. Then, we celebrate.  Probably with ice cream. :)

There are more amazing provisions to share. And soon we believe one of those will be paperwork turned in quickly to customs and immigration. As always, we'll keep you posted.


The Frisk Five said...

Praying, praying, praying. Love you guys!

Tetya Katya said...

Praying for you guys. And regardless of the issues for older kids, God will get you through it. And He, as well as all of us, know that you guys can handle it.

Matty, my oldest adopted niece, was 11 when she was adopted, and remembered well the abuse of her mother. But any problems we have from her and her sister, adopted at age 4, then again at 6 after the death of her adoptive father, are minor. I can't pretend to understand where your little Indian angel will be coming from, but I can tell you it will be worth it, and all issues can be dealt with, between you and Jason and Jesus!