Wednesday, March 6, 2013

adopting from uganda!!!

A couple of months ago, Lance and I decided that we needed to change adoption countries.  Originally when we started our adoption process, we thought we would be adopting from Haiti.  But due to some of Haiti's laws and the age requirements of the adoptive parents (at least one parent has to be 35 years old), we decided it was best for us to go ahead and decide on a different adoption country.

Only problem??  

We didn't know which country.

We eventually narrowed our choices down to Uganda or the Congo.  We also knew that several consultants from our adoption agency were planning on visiting both of these countries early February. They would be visiting the different orphanages our agency partners with, as well as meeting with country officials and attorneys for both Uganda and the Congo.  Lance and I wanted to wait until our consultants returned from this trip before we made our final decision.

After lots of questions to our agency and a few days of praying through a decision... we are so thrilled to announce that WE WILL BE ADOPTING FROM UGANDA!!!

There were a few factors that helped us make this decision...

>> The timeline (and paperwork) for Uganda seems to be less than what it was for Haiti.  While timing is definitely not the end-all-be-all... it is most certainly encouraging to know that we are making progress... moving forward.

>> There are likely sibling groups available.  As some of you might remember, Lance and I are wanting to adopt 2 little ones.  This could mean 2 children that are blood related... or simply 2 children from the same orphanage... either way, we are excited.

>> We will actually have a very good friend that will soon be living in Uganda.  This may not seem like a very big deal... but the thought of having a familiar face in such an unfamiliar process is very comforting to me.

There are still several things that need to happen... papers need to be notarized... doctor appointments need to be made... background checks need to be mailed... but we are making some major progress.  We just happen to have our homestudy scheduled for NEXT WEEK!!

We are very excited to be moving along in this process, and we would soooooo appreciate your prayers as we continue to navigate through the unknown.

13 comments:

Sandy said...

Praying for you guys! My friend just returned from Ethopia. She returned there on a mission after adopting the most adorable little girl a few years ago. It's life-changing!

hillary c. said...

YAY!!! I am so ridiculously excited for you guys. And very glad you blog so I can keep up with it all when we move.

mleslie43 said...

YIPPEE! And that is all I have to say about that! :)

chrystinanoel.com said...

Yayyy for decision making!!! I'm super excited for you guys. :)

Megan said...

That's wonderful that things are moving ahead for you!! It's something I've thought about for a long time. I love being able to hear your journey unfold. Thank you.

Lindsey Brackett said...

Praying for the two little ones who will soon be blessed to call you mama! Love you!

Kristin said...

So excited for you...when I read your post I thought of a quilt I saw on FB...https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=331501896962109&set=pb.312796018832697.-2207520000.1362598690&type=3&theater. I hope you can pull up the link...if not let me know. :)
Kristin

ThistleAshD said...

this is going to be a beautiful story and those 2 lucky babies are going to be so blessed. love knowing God already knows exactly who they are and where they are :)

Miki Shealy said...

So happy for you guys!! Prayers!!

Miki Shealy said...

So happy for you guys!! Prayers!!

Salena said...

Yay! How exciting!

Shari said...

Best of luck with everything! I can't wait to hear more. :)

Amy Davis said...

Hi ! I found your blog and we are in the process of adopting from Uganda as well! Our blog address is http://ourchildwaitingforlove.blogspot.com...Best of luck to you!