Dan and I had our all day training session on Thursday. It went really good, but it was painfully long! 10 hours to be exact! There was a wealth of information thrown at us. Dan and I started to get even more excited about this process! The last part was my favorite; they had a panel of 3 adoptive families with their 3 adorable little ones! It was fun to hear their stories and to know that not too long ago, they were sitting at the same meeting we were! Things are moving fast, and we expect to hear from our social worker any day to start our home study interviews! We're starting to work on our profile that will be seen by birth mothers so we can be ready to post is as soon as our home study is completed. We're planning on attending the next LSS class that teaches us how to do our own outreach to find a birth mother. LSS has had more success with their outreach program than their waiting family book!
Also, I want to testify of the Lord's provision yet again! We were told months ago of an anonymous donation. Well, it hadn't come in at Bethany, and when we switched to LSS, the donor said they would be sending it to the new agency. A couple weeks pass, and we find out our home study fee is due before we were able to attend this required Thursday class (the next one wouldn't be for 2 months). So this past Sunday, I was starting to fret, as the fee was due is a few days, and we didn't have the money to pay for it! Praise the Lord for a calm husband! Dan told me I needed to trust the Lord since we felt the the Lords leading to start this process when we did, he would provide if he wants us to continue at this time. Well, Monday afternoon, I find a message on our answering machine, our donation had come in, and our next two fees are covered! Praise the Lord! He does provide, and I don't need to fret! :) Now all of our 'first half' fees are covered, and we won't have to make any payments until after we're placed with our child! We're so thankful for the gift we received! We're also thankful for the peace that Dan and I have had through this; God is creating our family, and we are so excited to meet our baby!
Dan showed me this verse yesterday, and we both thought it was so cool! Psalm 113:9
"He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord."
He doesn't say he will make her bear children, but he gives her children! The verse makes me cry... I am so excited to be a joyful mother of children!
Enjoy the weekend!