The first check is in the mail!

After years of researching agencies, we have finally chosen the one that best suits our family.  I am so, so, so, so excited!  I would say, Roger is cautiously optimistic 🙂

We chose an agency that we believe is one of the most experienced and ethical agencies operating in the country from which we’d like to adopt at this time.  However, one of the biggest selling points was the connection we made with the agency’s special needs coordinator.  We are still praying about what special needs we believe we are able to handle while we will also have three young children to care for.

Our hearts have been burdened time and time again with the question “If not us, then who will care for a child with this ailment?”  We know that we cannot say “yes” to every disability/disease, but we know that certain children are considered “less adoptable” when they have one of these conditions.  It is our hope that God will lead us in the direction that our family was meant to go and to the child that He has for us, without our fear getting in the way. Please pray that God would give us wisdom and a spirit of humility and openness instead of one of fear as we make this decision.

If you’re not familiar with the adoption process, it can all seem rather confusing.  It’s confusing to me too!  So, I’ll just try to keep it simple and tell you our next steps.

Because our agency is located out of state, we have to complete our Home Study (the evaluation to make sure we are fit parents) with an independent agency here in Tennessee.  We are just as excited about the Home Study agency because we have also made a wonderful connection with the home study coordinator and know several other families who have used them and have been very pleased.

We hope to have our first meeting with the Home Study agency at the beginning of October.

Thank you for praying for us and for your wonderful words of encouragement!  We know we are not doing this alone!

Julie (for Roger too)