We wanted to post an update on what has been going on over the past few weeks! We have begun working with a social worker out of Clarksville. We have mounds of paperwork that we need to complete for our home study. That paperwork includes 5 personal references, 35 questions to be completed together, 20 questions to be completed individually, medical examinations, criminal background checks, home safety checklist, copies of birth certificates/ marriage license/ social security cards/ proof of income, and fingerprinting. Right now, all of our references have been sent in and we have also completed all of our questions. We have appointments with a physician next week to complete our medical exams. Also, we have bought another smoke alarm, fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide detector, plug covers, and we have moved our medications to higher shelving. We have also turned in our passports and requested our birth certificates and we have completed 3 out of 10 hours of adoption training through our agency. Whew! It has been such a whirlwind of paperwork but each step we complete is another step closer to getting our child! I am glad to do paperwork and safety check our home if it means we can fill our extra bedroom with a smiling baby Weldon!
God has also provided another $1750 which brings our grand total deposited into our adoption fund to be 11555.05!! We have sent in our 2nd payment to our agency of $2150 and we have gotten the okay to begin our 2nd and final step in completing our dossier. Another answered prayer is that God provided better vehicle for Kevin to drive. We were able to sell his current vehicle and purchase a bigger vehicle that will last us the next couple years until our family grows a little more! The family that sold us the vehicle was such a joy to meet and it was wonderful that we all shared a common faith in Jesus. They have a 2 year old son and are expecting triplets soon! We praise the Lord for his kindness and faithfulness to his children. Our God is such a wonderful Father and he loves to give good gifts to His children.
Kevin's "new" vehicle.
Over Thanksgiving we were able to spend time with Kevin’s family in Michigan. We were able to see our nephews and spend time with the whole family for dinner on Thanksgiving! It was a great trip and we miss everyone already! Praise the Lord for family and for his love! Now we are gearing up for Christmas time! We are excited to prepare to take our youth group students on their winter retreat December 16th-19th! Pray that God will bless this trip and that he will speak to each individual student!
This is the group of girls we brought on the Winter Retreat last year!
This is the group of boys we brought on the Winter Retreat!
We always have so much fun! It's my favorite youth trip of the year! Nothing like admiring the beauty of God's creation than by spending time in the
Smoky Mountains! :)