Some of you may or may not know that Daniel and I are in the process of adoption. We have talked about it on and off throughout our marriage, but this year 2012 is our year of actually taking action! We have been married for 4 1/2 years and have tried to get pregnant, no luck, but considering health reasons for me we decided that adoption is how God is going to grow our family. I am so thankful that I have a husband that has accepted this course of action as an opportunity and an exciting time, as opposed to a negative or disappointed attitude because we aren't able to have biological children. Daniel has not once made me feel bad about this struggle, but has been a bright light for me and given me new perspective for what God has chosen for us to embark on.
We have decided to apply with the Agape Adoption agency in Memphis, TN. They have been very welcoming and encouraging already in the short month we have been working with them. Not once have they been annoyed by my million questions or incessant phone calls.
We are working on our P.A.T.H. (Parents As Tender Healers) class this month and will finish that on March 1st. We have been totally blessed to be taught by Erica Thomas, a friend from church, and she saved us lots of money by taking the class through her. She is very passionate about what she does.
The next step is the home-study and that is still up in the air as to when that will start. I am hoping we can start sometime in March and be approved quickly. The time now is where I can work on things and have control in things getting done, but once we start "expecting" control is out the window.
This process is going to teach me a lot of things; patience, grace, joy, disappointment, excitement, and so on, but one thing it won't contour to is my "must have ducks in a row" mentality. I have a feeling God will have many "teachable moments" during this time. I am so excited to see what child God has for us to love, welcome, care for, and support. It's an exciting time for the Cone's!!
I am going to try to start a timeline of our process, but just in case I can't figure it out, we sent our application into Agape on February 2nd and it has been received! Can't wait to update and share all the things God is going to do through us during this process.