Encyclopedia of Me: A

by gidget on March 2, 2010

in adoption,family life,life is beautiful


is for Adoption

Right now, the only word that comes to mind for the letter A has to be adoption. It’s a pretty consuming topic around these parts. We think often about our baby that will someday join our family, and try to wait patiently for the Lord’s timing. I feel like everywhere we go we see a transracial family where adoption is obvious… it’s like when you want to be pregnant and you see pregnant women everywhere, or when someone you know gets a new car and all of a sudden you see that exact car everywhere. It’s an exciting time to be sure, with ups and downs and lots of emotions that are new. I’m so thankful that God has put us on this path.

Our timeline…

May 2009: Attended an orientation for Domestic Adoption at Bethany Christian Services

July 2009: Really got cracking on paperwork

October 2009: Finished Paperwork, began working on Family Portfolio, etc.

December 3rd, 2009: Officially certified (finished home study)

January 2009: had our Family Portfolios delivered to the office, officially a waiting family

And the latest steps…

February 2010: Had one of our portfolios sent out to Indiana office (more on this later)

March 2010: started application process for various grants

posing with the last form we mailed to complete our paperwork!

this post is part of the Encyclopedia of Me series.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie Gonsalves March 2, 2010 at 8:36 am

i’m excited for you guys! i remember to pray for you and this adoption from time to time. the Lord is good!


gidget March 2, 2010 at 8:37 am

thanks, Julie! :)


Erica Ganyo March 2, 2010 at 10:24 am

Nicole, I love hearing about your adoption process. Do you mind if I ask, are you pursuing a private domestic adoption or through the state? I would love to hear more about how you arrived at a decision on which kind of adoption to pursue. Your blog is so great. I love all the links. I hope all is well and I will pray for you and your baby.


gidget March 2, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Thanks, Erica! We are going through a private agency, Bethany Christian Services. They are all over the country (including both a southern and northern california office).


Linda Z March 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm

This letter “A” has been on my mind a lot this week. I am trying not to get discouraged, but sometimes I feel like it just isn’t going to happen. I’m really trying to trust in the Lord and be patient. It’s hard, and like you, I feel like I keep getting reminded of it. I keep reminding myself that God is in control and that He has a plan. :)


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