October 2015 – Our previous church home announces our new church mission: “Reaching spiritually disconnected people with the gospel, equipping them to lead their family, and defending those in need.”
November 2015 – Pastor Doug preaches about ‘Defending Those in Need’ and shares his testimony of adoption (he was adopted domestically as an infant). James and I have a conversation about adoption after church.
December 2015 – Ian is born. We are both 100% at peace knowing we will not have any more biological children. We continue to discuss adoption for the next few months.
May 2016 – We talk to our first potential agency. After a series of conversations, we are greatly disheartened by this agency and their approach. We decide this is not the agency for us and take a step back from the process altogether.
June 2016 – We suddenly decide to sell our home and move to the country. We trust where God is [physically] leading us, but continue to wonder if adoption is a part of that plan.
During the next year, life happens. Isabella starts a brand new school. Sophia starts pre-school. We [finally] discover Ian has a dairy sensitivity. We work to make our new-old-house a home. We celebrate an anniversary and birthdays and holidays. James’ mother passes away suddenly. I have a major surgery. We continue to talk often about adoption; but never feel peace about committing to the call or closing the door. Life becomes messy and growing our family gets put on hold.
June 2017 – We revisit the conversation and both agree to wait until the new year to make any decisions. We also find a new church home.
July 2017 – I can’t shake the feeling that our family is not complete and God is
asking telling me to move NOW. I obsess over adoption blogs and bookmark potential agencies. James and I watch “The Drop Box” on Netflix. Halfway through, James says we need to change the conversation from “if” to “how”.
August 2017 – I experience a “God wink” at the airport and feel at peace about our decision to move forward pursing international adoption. We officially submit our application to adopt from South Korea. We begin the paper chase and complete our physicals.
September 2017 – We complete our psychological evaluations and send all our completed documents to our local agency for the home study.
October 2017 – We complete all of our online training requirements. We have our first visit with our social worker for the home study.
November 2017 – We have our second visit with our social worker.
February 2018 – We are officially home study approved.
March 2018 – Our file has been sent to Korea, we are officially a waiting family!
April 2018 – We are matched with a waiting child: a one-year-old boy. He is precious and we are thrilled that the boys will be close in age. We complete our acceptance paperwork and finalize our dossier.