My couch is ugly. And small. It's a love-seat, actually, and I love it for a small handful of reasons:
Number 1: It was my sweet grandmother's couch. She was a shorty, at 4'11", so she had no need for a long ol' couch. I had the privilege of living with her in college - no one else on campus had a 76 year old roommate. I inherited it from her after she went home to be with Jesus. The right arm of 'said couch' has a worn spot where she used to rest her little head while watching Law & Order reruns every night.
But the big fat reason I love my ugly couch is because it's a reminder of our priorities (mine and my husband's). It means that we are beginning to value things of this world less and less, and are seeking the things that touch the heart of God more and more. It means that rather than saving up for a big new sectional-with-chaise-lounger, we'll be spending and saving our money for things that really matter. Like bringing little ones home to live with us. To give them a family and a home and lots and lots of love.
And this is why I have started this blog. Not necessarily so everyone can read my mind-numbing posts, but to chronicle this amazing, overwhelming journey so that someday he/she/they can read about it. And also because I have a weak-sauce memory, and if it ain't down on "paper", I won't remember it.
And mostly to give God His worthy, all-deserved glory. Thank You for putting sweet, precious orphans on our hearts.
- Since 2007 - thinking, praying, talking about adopting
- 01.07.10 - Found a pair of brothers in Ethiopia on Holt's waiting child list
- 01.10.10 - Lucas said "let's get the adoption ball rolling!" Applied with Holt's Waiting Child program
- 02.01.10 - Spent our first official adoption dollar and applied with Holt
- 02.02.10 - 02.18.10 - Delay, delay, delay. Wait, wait, wait for Holt to have their committee meeting to choose a family for the brothers.
- 02.19.10 - A different family was chosen for boys in Ethiopia. We're moving on.
- 02.25.10 - Applied with Gladney's Rwanda program.
- 02.28.10 - First home study meeting with our social worker. I hope my house is child-proof enough!
- 03.01.10 - Applied with Mugisha Ministries to help us with an independent adoption. Received renewed passports in the mail.
- 03.03.10 - Fingerprinted for state and local backgroud checks.
- 03.06.10 - Accepted by Mugisha Ministries!
- 03.10.10 - Mailed I-600a
- 03.11.10 - Mailed our birth and marriage certificates back to HI and AR for authentication.
- 03.14.10 - Home study visit #2
- 03.15.10 - Realized I messed up the fee on my I-600a. Waiting for its return. Started online adoption training.
- 3.20.10 - Received our Immigration rejection and sent them the rest of our fingerprinting fees.
- 4.2.10 - Completed home study received in the mail