End of Summer Adoption Update
If you are my Facebook friend, you might remember me mentioning how I had to set the adoption work aside during the month of May (after our fundraiser) so that I could just focus on the recitals and finishing out that dance season well. It was a hard thing to do because there were still so many things that we had to do to continue the whole wheel of events that had been set into motion with adoption stuff (the first half of the adoption process of paperwork and medical exams and home studies is like a part-time job, one that required many late nights for the husby and I). But, the Lord reminded me that the timing was in His hands! He’s had our whole adoption process in His plan from the very beginning, and if He wanted me to take a break from the adoption stuff, then I would and Seth and I would trust Him in the process.
So, Seth and I took a month-long break from the adoption stuff. And we were glad we did because, to be honest, we were kind of burned out from adoption stuff. We had to trust that God, in His infinite mercy and grace, still was doing great work behind the scenes.
Every year, I have a sort of theme verse and word that God gives me to focus on, and this year–2013–that word is more.
Not more money. Not more stuff. Not more studios. Not more Prince Caspian’s. Not more candy.
But more of Him. And, as this year has unfolded and I have been surrendering to Him each day, He’s been revealing more of Himself through every aspect of this year. You see, the more we get to know God, the more we want to know God, and the more we learn to trust Him wildly through every single day to do great things. As I’ve been reflecting over these past six years of doing what I love at Reverence Studios, I have been realizing that I’ve been knowing Him and experiencing life more than I ever would have if I hadn’t taken that leap of faith to open Reverence.
Just like He has provided every step of the way (and then some!) for me and Reverence Studios, so He has orchestrated every step of our adoption process. And so, when the timing was right in early June, we started back up again.
We went and got our USCIS fingerprints done, and we passed (pictured above)!
We were officially put on our agency’s waitlist for the Uganda Program, and we received our waitlist number several weeks ago!
We finished up our recommended adoption reading!
So, what comes next?
We wait. During this waiting season, we’ll be working on getting the nursery together and any shots that we need to get for traveling to Uganda! We’re also working on learning some basic words and phrases in Lugandan, which is the main language in Uganda.
But you know what we’re also going to do? LIVE. Even though we long for our child and pray for our child with deep feelings that only come when you fall in love with someone across the world, we are also not going to stop living in the process and enjoying this special time with just Seth and me in the house. We are going to work, minister, worship, celebrate, love, laugh, and be obedient to what God has called us to do in this season!
And in the process, we are going to wait for Him to do more. Because He is the only One who can.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.