Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mighty To Save

Not much to update on the adoption front, except that we are working on getting everything together for our home study.  It mostly consists of getting forms filled out, blood tests, fingerprinting, notarizing, and what other forms only Ohio requires.  We joked last week that Noel and I had a mini date, and it consisted of getting fingerprinted and our social security card verifications (since we couldn't find our cards).  We had fun getting it done, and making fun of what was going on in the social security office. 
Today during my quiet time the song "Mighty to Save" was running thru my mind.  We had practiced the song last night for Sunday AM service, but part of that song has just a strong meaning to me today.

"So take me as you find me, all my fears and failures."

That is how God will take us into his family, and how we will take our daughter into ours.  We will accept her and love her no matter her background or where she came from.  She will have all the rights and privileges as a member of the Dear family.  We are longing for the day when we will know who she is.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Lucky Ladybug

While surfing on the internet, I ran across something interesting.  I found out in the China adoption community ladybugs are considered lucky. Since we do not believe in luck but the divine providence of God - I found it fascinating.  Why? The girl's bathroom is decorated in ladybugs.  This was just one more confirmation for me that we are following God's will for our family. Here is an excerpt from a website that I found why this is:

Perhaps you've wondered why ladybugs are considered lucky in the China adoption community. We have too, and found out that though ladybugs are red, (the good luck color in China), the root of this belief is not found in Chinese culture.

In the late 1990's in southern China, international adoption programs began growing rapidly as people learned of the many benefits of Chinese adoption. One Fall the ladybug (Chinese beetle) population grew unusually large in Guangzhou, China. Guangzhou is a necessary stop for all Americans, Brits, Australians and Canadians adopting from China. (The city houses many Consulate-General offices.) This large ladybug population explosion was thought to be lucky  for the many adopting families flowing into China.

God is truly amazing how He can further confirm His Will.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Home Study Time

This week we have our first visit with our home study coordinator in Findley.  We will be prioritizing more of what forms need to be done.  We will get our fingerprints done this week, and then they will be sent to BCI and FBI.  Nice to know these fingerprints get us closer to "Allison" and not the "pokey".

Hannah asked us last week if she had to get shots to go to China, as many of you know she it not a big fan of them.  We had to tell her yes, a TB test, and that we all have to get one.

On a another note, Worthy of the Prize is having an auction in November for adoptive families they are supporting.  Check it out and you can get a jump on your Christmas shopping.