It's been a while since we've had any news, but we finally have something to share! So, we were never called about the baby in Indiana due December 8th. However, because of that situation, we have done everything to get our home study done as quickly as possible. It should be done in about 4 weeks! We're using an agency here that has a lot less requirements, and it's less expensive. We had our first home study interview on Monday. It went really well, and we left feeling a lot less overwhelmed about the process.
On our way home from the interview, I received a call from a friend about another baby. Her husband is a Christian music artist. While he was signing autographs a few weeks ago, he met a guy named Tim who said his girlfriend was pregnant, and they are planning on choosing adoption for the baby. My friend's husband told Tim that he knew a family that might be interested and got his contact information. At the time, he was talking about his family because they are wanting to adopt, but Tim doesn't know that. They had an attorney call and talk to the him about everything, but they have decided that it's not the right time for them to adopt a baby. They have let the attorney know that they aren't moving forward, but they want him to tell Tim that WE are the family that they are recommending! I spoke with the attorney today. The baby will be born in Nebraska so right now the attorney is finding out if he will be able to represent us. We're hoping to do this without an agency. I'm supposed to call on Monday to see if he will be able to do it. If so, he will call Tim and let him know about us. If not, he will give us Tim's contact information, and we will decide what to do from there. The baby is a boy due January 24th, and Nebraska has great adoption laws. Papers can be signed within 48 hours of birth, and it is irrevocable at that point!
In the midst of all of this, I have called the agency in Indiana to let them know that another couple might be considering us. They said that the birth mother that they showed our profile to has still not made a decision. The mother of the birth father does not want the baby to be adopted. The birth mother and father are both 15. The mother of the birth father is creating a lot of drama and making this all very stressful for the birth mother. The agency said that it's a really bad situation and to pray for the birth parents to choose adoption. Anything is possible, but I am very doubtful that baby will be placed with us. However, as I said before, that situation has put us in a much better place in the process than we were, and we are thankful for that!!
Of course, we are trying to not get too excited, but this does seem a little more promising than the Indiana situation. To my knowledge, the couple in Nebraska have not considered any families, yet. However, they have contacted an agency so they will probably look at some other profiles. We do have a really good recommendation, though. :) Really, God is in control, and we have faith in His plan for us! Please pray for our patience and peace right now. It's really hard to not be anxious.
We have lots of puzzle pieces left so please get one! We hope to have names on all of them! Click on the "donate" button below to buy your piece. Also, several of our friends with home businesses have been so generous in wanting to help us raise money by giving part of their proceeds to the adoption.
I will be having a Pampered Chef party next Thursday, and anyone can come. If you can't and want to order something here's the order instructions from the Pampered Chef sales director:
If you can't attend and would like to order. You can contact Andrea or you can order online at www.pamperedchef.biz/betsyturnage and click on order online and then type in Andrea Davis as the host and SHOP AWAY!
Another friend is a Thirty One consultant. Her website is http://www.mythirtyone.com/JenHartman/. Such cute stuff! I'm not exactly sure what the instructions are for ordering from her. Just let me know if you want something, and I will find out.
Today, a Mary Kay friend of mine said that she would give me 100% of the profits from any orders that I can get. Just go to www.marykay.com and look at their products. Let me know if you want to order, and I will get it done!
I also have a friend who wants to do some fund raising for us through Tupperware. They have a special selection specifically for fund raising. However, I don't see how to view it online. I'll find out!
Sooooo, do all your Christmas shopping right here! :)
THANK YOU SO MUCH to those who have already supported us!! We feel so loved and blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives.