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I'm originally a Kentucky girl who transplanted to Texas. I feel like a Texan I guess bc I have one baby born in Texas. It just feels like home here! A wife to Donald and mother of 3 beautiful kids who are full of life and keep me on my toes at all times. We serve at Community of Faith Church in Houston, TX.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Dossier - Light at the End of the Tunnel

I feel like there is so much to catch everyone up on. I am a little overwhelmed so I'm just going to type and see where this goes. LOL!

We completed fingerprints for our Federal Background check. Awaiting results for that to go in our Dossier.

We completed fingerprints for Homeland Security which we should have approval in a couple of weeks.

We have received all documents including birth certificates, marriage license and 4 letters of recommendation apostilled (state seal depending on its origin). We are waiting on one more letter of recommendation to be apostilled and then we are good. We completed our psychological portion, which is nerve wracking to say the least. That will take a couple of weeks to complete. I'm now cleaning each room of the house and taking pictures. You would think that this wouldn't be difficult but with a house of 5 people it can definitely be a chore so hence one room at a time. There is a method to the madness. Lesson learned is when you clean your house for the home study take a picture of each room because you will need it for your dossier. So, once everything is completed then I will send it all to our agency and they will have it translated and then off to Burundi!

I went to an Unwrap the Bible conference by Women of Faith several weeks ago and I really felt like the Lord pressed upon me to pray for urgency. I have been praying for every aspect of this process from the protection of the mother and child, development of the child, nutrition, caretakers, paperwork wouldn't get lost or delayed, political issues in this country as well as Burundi, attachment, how this would affect our kids and extended family, but the one thing the Lord showed me was I haven't been praying for urgency. Sure, our wonderful agency gives us a timeline as to how long the process should take but the Lord made it clear that He is not bound by time or politics and that He can have this child to us whenever He sees fit. So, don't you know that I have been asking people to start praying for that. Urgency!

Lord, please bring our little one home to us quickly and swiftly. You are not worried with the election in Burundi or who is in power or where the paperwork ends up. That is nothing to the creator of the universe. You are the author of life. You have called us to this and have a child in Burundi who will very soon become a part of our family so I'm asking for what you put on my heart. Show yourself faithful and just.

Thanks so much for all your love and support for our family. We are super excited to see God provide.

1 comment:

  1. Oh WOW Gretchen! I am so excited for you & your family....you are FIERCE & BRAVE...like I've always known! This adoption requires such love & grace ~ I'm wishing you continued step by step forward trajectory in God's gift of this child. I'm truly excited for you and cannot wait to watch life unfold for you all.....there's definitely gonna be some changes! Sending much love my friend!