Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Beginning: Our Desire to Adopt

First of all, I just wanted to thank you so much for your encouragement, prayers, support, everything!  All of you have been so wonderful to us!  All of your kind words mean so much.   I am planning on printing out every encouraging word and putting them in his adoption baby book for him to read one day!  He will be so happy to know that so many of you are praying and pulling for him!  God bless you all!!
Our home study was a success!  What a relief.  I have to say that I really had no idea how it would go.  First of all, I couldn’t get little G to take a nap to save my life!  She fought sleep ALL day and that was so unlike her.  Maybe she was sensing my stress?  But anyway, she went from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM with no sleep, missing 2 naps.  THEN, I started feeling a migraine coming on.  The kind of pain that usually progresses until I can’t even form words right.  Thankfully, with your prayers, everything went perfectly!  My migraine subsided before it got bad and Garridee did very well!   Our social worker had dinner with us and little G sat quietly in her highchair chomping on her green beans.   We provided a lot more food than usual so I’m sure that’s why she was so happy!   After dinner, we took him on a tour of the house and while Chris finished up the tour, I slipped away to put her down for the night and she slept the rest of the evening.  After the tour, we sat around our kitchen table and he reviewed our very lengthy questionnaire that we completed, while big G got a free pass to play Wii for the hours that he was interviewing us.  Conversation was very easy and it went very well.  Before he left, he gave us a verbal approval and said that his writer will type everything up!  So now you know what a home study is like! J
So here’s another piece of our story..  Shortly after we were married, we moved to Travis AFB, CA.   K-love Radio Station was located not too far from where we were living and we got invited to attend a private concert for Steven Curtis Chapman at the K-love studio.  We were so excited!  We were in a group of about 40 people and we got to enjoy a private concert as he sat on a stool without a stage and played his guitar acoustically, mixing in new songs and some of his older ones.  It was amazing!  Afterwards, Steven Curtis Chapman spoke on adoption and the foundation that he and his wife started to help provide financial support through grants.  The foundation is now called “Show Hope”.  On our way out, Chris ran out to our car, grabbed his guitar and had Steven sign it for him!  Such a memorable night…  On our way home, we both shared with one another how we felt that God was calling us to adopt and we felt that we would...And now, here we are!   This was the beginning of our desire to adopt.
More to come!!  Up next,  how we praised Him in the storm……

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