We’re happy to be turning the page and beginning a new chapter in our adoption story. On Friday, we completed our final home study interview! The home study process took us about 4 months, including hours of paperwork, reading, and training, as well as 5 interviews with our social worker. Friday’s interview was a 4-hour discussion focused mostly on our parenting philosophy. I guess we passed.
Our next step is to file with US Citizenship and Immigration Services. We must receive this governmental approval to adopt internationally. This will take approximately 90 days, and then we will be able to submit our dossier (adoption jargon for a giant stack of paperwork) to Ethiopia. At that point, we will be placed on a list and wait 18-24 months for a referral (adoption jargon for a recommended child for our family). That’s followed by a trip to Ethiopia for a court appearance and a chance to meet our child face to face, and then a second trip to Ethiopia to bring our child home. Phew! There’s a long road ahead, but we’re so happy to have completed phase 1 of the journey.
When we consider the hours of preparation and paperwork we’ve already invested and look forward to the months and years of waiting to come, we’re reminded again of the beauty of the Gospel. We just keep coming back there. It’s crazy to think that our child probably isn’t even born yet, and we are already in love, dedicating all of our time and energy to bringing him or her home. In the same way, God chose us, pursued us, and predestined us for spiritual adoption long “before the creation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4-5).
I’ve been reading Adopted for Life and loving it. When speaking about authoring the book, Russell Moore said,
“Whenever I told people I was working on a book on adoption, they’d often say something along the lines of, ‘Great. So is the book about the doctrine of adoption or, you know, real adoption?’ That’s a hard question to answer because you can’t talk about the one without talking about the other.”
So true, and every day we’re convinced of it more. It’s so hard to talk about our journey to adoption without being constantly reminded of the amazing work that God has already done for us. When we were hopeless and helpless in our sins, we were tracked down and gloriously rescued. Here’s to our similar, but not-so-similar, pursuit of the one we love in the months and years ahead.
Because blog posts without pictures are boring, enjoy this iPhone pic I snapped at our Panera table just after finishing Friday’s interview. Type A crazies like myself will think my adoption binder with color-coated dividers is awfully pretty.