We just got the word that our home study was approved by the head of our adoption agency!! We are once again home study approved, only this time in South Carolina! You know, exactly one year ago, we were just home study approved the first time for our international adoption process. It is so crazy how much can change in a year!
Okay, so what's next? We are ready to be matched!!! This could happen in two different ways. The first is that we could receive a call saying a birth mom has seen our profile book (basically a scrapbook telling our story) and would like to meet us. If at that meeting, both parties feel like we are a good fit for each other, we will be matched up together! The second way it could happen is that we could receive a call saying a baby has just been born and the birth mom has picked our family after looking at the profile books. In that scenario, we may or may not get to meet the birth mom. We are very much hoping to be able to meet her and have an on-going relationship though!
The time frame on all of this varies greatly. Honestly, it could be two weeks, two months, or two years! We are just praying that God brings all of us together at exactly the time we are suppose to. The boys however are praying that God brings their new baby sister fast, like this summer! ;-)
So, now we are in "get ready" mode! We have started getting her nursery ready. Here's a couple of pics for you all of that!
We are also starting to collect the other baby items we need like a carseat, stroller, bedding, clothes, diapers, bottles, oh my! You kind of forget how much one tiny little person needs until you need it all again! The boys are LOVING getting to be a part of picking things out for her!
So, from this point on, you may not be hearing a ton from us. We're simply in waiting mode now! We'll update you all as we know more, but for now, please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers and hopefully we'll have a new little addition to introduce you all to soon!!