I don’t know why I worry about things when this is our third adoption. We never set out to adopt three kids. We only planned on one, but here we are, about to send our paperwork for #3, only 6 months after bringing #2 home. We have seen clearly how God has intervened in our adoption process each time, and yet I still worry, maybe not quite as much, but I catch myself trying to estimate our DTE date and court date and embassy and ultimately homecoming, as if I have any control in the matter. It is stressful and arrogant, to think that I could dictate the arrival of a child.
God is already at work, has been for quite some time for my little M. Most recently, my husband and I have been concerned about where we would find the funds needed to adopt him. We had to hire a consultant to complete a background investigation prior to the adoption (expensive, but money well-spent), and we are working with an agency that is much more expensive (though also more reputable) than our previous one. With two small ones in diapers and daycare, we just weren’t sure where the money would come from. We will need about $10,000 this week to pay fees to immigration and our agency for the dossier submission. My husband prepared to take a loan against our home to make up for the difference between our bank account and that $10,000. Today, we received a check from our state for $7600 that we did not expect. Last year, we filed our taxes and claimed the adoption tax credit for our state. When we received our return, it came with a letter saying funds for the tax credit had been depleted, and we assumed we would not receive the money. It appears the state paid it this year, with interest. That plus $16,000 that we are awaiting from this year’s federal tax return (including the adoption tax credit), and we’re nearly funded for this adoption. God is good. He surprises me with his provision all the time.
Our home study was completed today. I’m going to pick it up tomorrow morning and take it with the dossier to be authenticated downtown. Our I-600A will be in the mail tomorrow morning, and hopefully, we’ll be fingerprinted and receive our I-171H soon. I’ll seen the dossier to our agency just as quickly as I get it back from the authentication office, and I hope we’ll be DTE by the end of the week. Chances of having court prior to court closures in August are pretty slim, but I can hope. God can do anything. Surely, whatever he chooses will be best.