Friday, July 31, 2009

CT clearance came!

Just a quick update for everyone. We just found out this morning that Aaron's CT CPS clearance came through. So, now we have all we need for the homestudy and are waiting for approval. Hopefully, this won't take long. We're planning on trying to apply for a couple of grants which most seem to release funds in September. We should get our applications in on time if all goes well.

Next step will be immigration stuff and paperwork for the Bulgarian dossier.

Thank you all for prayers and support!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

An Amazing Day

We discovered that we had miscalculated how much we would need to pay for the finished homestudy. It was actually $1400 instead of the $1000 that we had previously written. No big deal. We'll just need to sell a few extra CDs. However they were not scheduled to arrive until August 17th/18th, which did not leave us a lot of time. So once again we commited to prayer.

Yesterday morning we received an email that the CDs would be arriving today!! We were so excited! 2 1/2 weeks early!! This would give us more time to raise the remaining funds. That night at our small group bible study, we mentioned that the CDs were on their way, but asked for prayer that God would provide the remaining amount needed. One member prayed that the money would come the very next day. Jen also had been praying for some time that the money would come before the CDs arrived. At 12:03 a.m. we received the full $1400!!! The CDs arrived this afternoon. God is alive, He is good, and apparently he still has a sense of humor!

Now we are praying and waiting for Aaron's CPS backround check from CT to be cleared.

The cost is $15. You can either click the Paypal button on the side of the page, or send us a check and we'll ship it out ASAP. Aaron and the team have been working hard since October to get this CD ready. We've been eager to have it knowing that it is our biggest fund raiser for our adoption. So, order now, not only will you get a worship CD, you'll help bring "Little Brother" home. All but some change will go directly to our adoption fund.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Quick Update

We just found out yesterday that Jen's CPS clearance from MA just came through. However, we also found out that Aaron's from CT is still not done. We were not aware of this before. Our case worker thinks it should come this week. That is it for the home study. Finally!!

We need to pay $6,000 to complete the home study. So far God has already provided $5,000 through cookies and donations. Last week we received an anonymous $116.03 in our church mailbox. We also had another $100 total in smaller donations. It's amazing to see even the smallest amount given add up to so much!

We also got confirmation that Aaron's CD will arrive at our house and be available for sale on August 17th/18th. We are still taking orders and will ship them as soon as they arrive.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

It's been too long.

Ok, so the CD is officially completed and has been mailed off to be duplicated. No promises, but if everything goes smoothly they should be ready in 3-4 weeks. Getting to this point has consumed most of our time over the past month, so we've not been able to update our blog until now.

We are still waiting on Jennifer's Child Protective Services check to come back from Massachusetts. Also, we are now in the Bulgaria program with Bethany. While we are excited to see all that God has for us there, we are still waiting for the program to officially be ready. All of this can be somewhat frustrating as it has now been one year since we started and we still haven't finished our home study. At the same time we know that God has His perfect timing in all of this. Our struggle is learning to trust.

In the mean time, He is continuing to show Himself faithful. It always seems that when we are at our weakest, without faith and without hope, He sends a blessing to encourage us and remind us that He is still at work bringing our son home.

On June 5th, we had friends visit us with a check for $1000! Shortly after Father's Day we received several Etsy orders, which we hadn't had in months. Since then we've received donations from friends and family ranging from $50 -$200! We've also been able to pre-sell over 3o CDs. Many of these sales came with extra donations.

So for now, as we continue to wait we are working to be diligent in prayer. We are asking God that Jen's CPS would be resolved quickly, and that we would have patience and faith as He continues to provide. We are praying for our son, that God's hand would be on him, protect him and keep him safe and healthy.