No morning sickness, pregnancy weight gain or hormonal changes going on here.
But the paper cuts are terrible :)
And this pregnancy is much longer than 9 months. Since we started talking about adopting, it has been at least 3 1/2 years! And our documents aren't even in Ethiopia yet. Nope, they're on my kitchen table.
One little document missed the memo, and didn't make the trip to Harrisburg in February. So, he's being hand delivered by our State Rep on Monday to the Authentications Office.
After dealing with 2 countries, 2 provinces, and 3 states so far in this paper chase, I will be glad to get these out of my hands. And just like labor pains become a distant memory when you hold your baby, the stress of this process will be so worth it when our little girl is home.
That's definitely the question. This blog is pretty quiet, because we're in the day-to-day final paper chase. Yes, our home study was complete in November. Yes, we sent our documents one month ago to Harrisburg to be certified. But little problems in a few papers cropped up, and we've dealt with 2 countries, 3 states, and 2 provinces in the last month trying to finalize everything. Phew!
So, the bottom line is... nothing has changed, we're still getting our dossier ready to send to our social worker, who will then send it to Ethiopia for us.
But, on the bright side, my little etsy shop is keeping me busy enough in addition to the rest of life.
In the last month, I have had some seriously fun thrifting outings. I love to find crafting goodies for next to nothing, add some vision and a little elbow grease, and.... voila!
Okay, do you want to see a fun before & after? Here's an old jewelry box begging for a transformation. And at about $1.50, who could resist?
Add a china blue painted finish and distress. Make it happy with a fun scrapbook paper decoupaged right to the glass. Lovely shabby chic jewelry box. So fun!
I love reading blogs with thrift store transformations. Before & after pictures fuel my inspiration. I need to remember to take more of the ugly duckling photos before I get my paintbrush, Mod Podge and sandpaper out!
So here's a little sneak peak into some thrifting goodies from this week.
Most of these items will make it into my etsy shop in one form or another.
What do you think they will become? You'll have to check back later to find out. Do you shop thrift stores? It is like treasure hunting!
The moral of this story is... while you're waiting on your dossier to be finished, there's always shopping at the local thrift store to keep you busy!
This adoption process is about bringing a little girl to her forever family. But it is just as much about growing our family's trust in our Faithful God.
The cost of adoption seems overwhelming at first. But little by little, step by step, God is removing the financial barriers for us. We now have been approved for not one, but two interest-free loans for this adoption! We have sent out several grant applications and are eager to hear back to see if we will qualify for those. God has touched friends and family to give generously to help our daughter come home, and we thank everyone who has had a part!
But in the end, God will make this happen, because it will showcase His glory. He is faithful. He is the Father to the Fatherless.