Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dossier is coming along!

So, we are pretty much done with dossier stuff. Still waiting on a few forms (one from the IRS, one from our bank, doctors notes) but all of the major stuff is done or about to be done. The updated homestudy should be ready to go in two weeks, or maybe even earlier. Please pray that we can have a completed dossier ASAP. There is a little girl in Uganda who we are trying to be matched with. She is only seven months old and we would love for her to become a part of our family. Unfortunately, the orphanage she is at does not have much to offer her in terms of nutrition and protection (not even screens or anything on windows, doors.) So, pray for her safety and well being. Once we have our paperwork in, we can have her moved into safer care until we can go over to get her. There is also the chance that another family may be trying to adopt her as well. So, just pray for us in this process and this little girl. We also know that it may be God's will for us to have another child and are open to that as well (even if it means three boys, aaaaahhhhhhhhh :) I will definitely try and update this with new info. as I know what is going on. Oh, and Friday we are supposed to go to the Health Dept. in Gainesville to get a ton of shots! I am still afraid of doing this even though I am adult now, so pray for that too :) Thanks, Taryn

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Uganda here we come!

I type this with some reservations, only because I know how quickly things can change in the world of adoption. As of now, the plan is to proceed with a Uganda adoption. We have been fortunate enough to have a Christian social worker who has given our name to a friend who has adopted from Uganda. This friend is also now helping families adopt from Uganda through missionary friends of theirs and a Christian attorney. We are very excited to start getting our dossier ready for a Uganda adoption, since there are children over there who NEED a home RIGHT now. So, the quicker we get our stuff together, the quicker we get a referral and can go over to Uganda.

This process will go relatively fast. Which is great because it will give us plenty of time to come home and adjust to life with another little one, before getting a referral from Taiwan. The process will also be less expensive because there is not an agency (and all the fees that go along with one) involved. However, it will still be quite expensive, especially once it is time to travel. We are excited about some fundraising opportunities that should help us with some of the cost. There is a great website (147millionorphans.org) that offers wholesale prices to families adopting and then we can sell items, like t-shirts and Uganda necklaces, and make 5-10 dollars on each item. I am also excited because the necklaces and t-shirts are very cool and are a great way for all of us to draw attention to the orphan crisis in the world. So, once I know exactly how we are going to sell these items, I will let everyone know! I would also recommend everyone checking out the two ladies blogs who started 147 million orphans and their friend who is a missionary over in Uganda. You can find their blogs from the 147 million orphan website. It is amazing what God is doing in their lives and over in Uganda through them. It is also very eye-opening to the need over in Uganda.

I will definitely try to update this more as we continue on in our journey...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Exciting new things to come...

So, things are still SLOW with our Taiwan adoption. Normally, this would depress me, but I am definitely in a good place right now. We are pursuing other options at this point and I am excited to see where God leads. (*Hint-think Africa!)

I have talked with many social workers from many different adoption agencies and are figuring out the best way to do another adoption, while keeping our dossier in Taiwan as well. We should have time to do one before even getting a referral from Taiwan. Right now there are two possible options for us, but we should know better in a week or two exactly what we are doing and how it will all work out. Once we are set, I will definitely share so that everyone can know our plans and pray for us as we start another process for bringing home one of the children that God has for us.

So excited to see where this all goes....until next time...