Saturday, July 23, 2011

big-fat secret


I've been keeping a big-fat secret.

Let me explain...

So back in February 2011 (only 5 months ago!) I met with a friend who had gone through the same type of adoption (adoption through the foster care system) to glean some insight. At the time, my intentions were just to get an idea of the process out of pure curiosity. That night this friend filled me in on her blessed experiences through adoption, as well as the uncertainties and risks involved in the delicate process. She also shared that she had just learned of a baby boy that was in need of a home immediately if only we were through the process and ready to adopt. This was encouraging news to hear as it is supposedly uncommon to hear of infants ready for adoption. That night I shared all about the information I had learned about the foster-adoption process with Drew which in turn initiated our deep discussion that caused us to open our hearts and begin the process.

Shortly after, Drew and I met with our caseworker and eagerly began the training classes at the beginning of March. Since day one we have been overwhelmed by the Lord's clear direction and timeliness for this blessed path. Through each step of the process as we completed the classes, our homestudy, the paperwork, etc. the Lord has continually affirmed our convictions for this direction through the support and encouragement of friends and family and through the peace of his precious Holy Spirit.

Looking back it's unbelievable to me to see that several times during the process, I would hear again and again about a baby boy in need of a home. Honestly, I didn't think much of it until my friend assured me that this was the same baby boy I had heard of from the beginning. We completed the process in May, 3 months after we started, and we were approved and officially waiting by the beginning of July. Exactly a week after we got the "congratulations, you're officially waiting" call on July 6th, we got another very special call. The call was for a precious baby boy. We met our son the following Wednesday, July 20th! To say we are overwhelmed by the Lord's goodness is an understatement. This precious child is truly a gift from God. We are humbled to be called to serve as his parents.

Our updated timeline:

February 16
The beginning, aka the "conception" date.
Drew and I "conceived" our decision to pursue adoption through the foster care system.

February 17
Contacted a caseworker to begin the process.

February 28
Met with our caseworker for the first time to
open our case.

March 3
Began week 1 of our 10-week training class.

March 10
Week 2 of our training class.

March 17
Week 3 of our training class.

March 24
Week 4 of our training class.

March 31
Week 5 of our training class.

April 4
Completed our application and met with our caseworker
to discuss our application.

April 7
Week 6 of our training classes.

April 14
Week 7 of our training classes.

April 19
Submitted our individual autobiographies.
Sarah's individual interview with caseworker.

April 28
Week 8 of our training classes.

April 30
Super surprised and blessed with a celebration from
our supportive friend-family!

May 5
Drew's individual interview.
Week 9 of our training class.

May 12
Week 10 of our training class.

May 16
Home Inspection/Marital Interview.

End of May - June

July 6
Homestudy complete. Officially waiting and ready for placement!

July 13
Received the call for a baby boy!

July 18
Met with our caseworker and baby Cisco's caseworker.

July 20
Met our son for the first time!

Still to come:

End of July - August
Transition from foster family home to our home.

August - September
Permanently placed in our home!

Spring 2012
Adoption!

God is soooooo good.
Thank you all for your many prayers!
You are such blessings!


19 comments:

  1. So COOL! What an awesome secret. He is so precious and I can't wait to see more pictures of your family. Very excited for you guys.

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  2. yay this is the post i have been waiting to read! i am so happy for you guys. you are such a blessing to this little boys life.

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  3. I wish you and your new son a long happy life together. My friend also fostered to adoption and her son is now grown up and is a proud Marine. If you ask her, she is so happy she decided to adopt this young man.

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  4. Congratulations!!! What a blessing that it's gone so smoothly. He is so cute!! Enjoy every moment! I will pray that everything continues to go smoothly as you transition from foster to adoption. So excited for you!!

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  5. What a little cutie patootie! Congratulations on this amazing news. :)

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  6. Aimee Erickson YonkeJuly 23, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Congratulations- what a great news. I am happy for your family!

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  7. I'm absolutely teary---happy tears! You are so Blessed and so is your new son!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

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  8. We are screaming with excitement! Welcome to the family!
    We can't wait to meet him! Love - All of the Roger Lynne Family

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  9. Wow! I can't beleive what a whirlwind it has been. Just amazing how God works! I hope we get to meet him soon.

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  10. What ma beautiful story and and adorable little man! Congrats you too!

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  11. OH MY GOSH! Congratulations!! This is SO awesome what an adorable baby!

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  12. Found your blog through Erica's we also have a adopted child. He is adorable!! Congratulations!! I love the name of your blog I don't know your Drew B's story but my little boy is nicknamed DrewB (: (we sayd Drew-B I don't know how it ever stuck, but it did. Congrats again!!

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  13. So excited your son is coming home! I remeber that feeling! Congrats he is beautiful

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  14. So exciting!!!!!!! Congrats!

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  15. He's definitely a wonderful addition to this family. Can't wait to hold him! The Lord has already blessed his little life and yours along with it. So happy, excited and anxious all at the same time. We Love you and pray the Lord continues to bless every step of your life!

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  16. Sar & Drew! Linds showed me the email with the pics you sent out when she was down over the weekend and your son is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I couldn't be happier for you guys!!

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  17. Congratulations! You are a beautiful (and blessed) family!

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