So much has been happening over the past couple of weeks that I don't even know where to begin. After finding out I was a bit behind in the home study process, I was able to quickly put together all the application materials (very similar to Application Part 2 for the adoption agency). The home study agency emailed me today to let me know they have received everything and should have me in touch with my social worker by Monday. After that, we meet a couple of times, and the home study is complete. Whew! Of course, it is not that simple, and I've been working hard to get things ready around the house - pulling up old carpet, painting, putting down play room flooring (super cute!), having carpets cleaned, getting a fence put up, having a new railing put in (Thanks, Jeff!!!), and working on some other minor home improvement items that should have been addressed long ago. I have moments where I can't keep it all straight.
Here are the current prayer requests:
Please pray that the home study and referral processes go quickly. We are still hoping to get Tanya home this summer with time to settle in before school starts.
This is a big one. Because the waiting period has been extended from 10 to 30 days, we will be applying for a waiver based on medical need. Tanya has some health concerns including an immune disorder that may make this possible. This would mean getting her home an entire month early. This would mean one less trip (and a lot less money). This would mean my little girl gets 30 more days to play and be a free child before school starts in the Fall. Please pray that the judge can see how good this would be for her.
And of course, please continue to pray for Tanya and her caregivers. They are still on the front line of this whole story, and will still be there taking care of these kids long after Tanya gets to come home.
I cannot thank you all enough for your support - between donations of money, pictures (Thanks, Kendra!), ice cream (those cousins at Country Dairy are pretty wonderful), time on an amazing benefit concert (all those sweet, sweet ladies), and prayers, we are a little overwhelmed.
We are still collecting donations here .... and do have some upcoming deadlines. I've sent out the home study money, but that means that I no longer have enough to cover the adoption agency fees. Please consider coming to the benefit concert on Sunday, April 22 at 3:00 at First Presbyterian here in Muskegon on the corner of Sherman and Wickham. We still appreciate any and all help - no donation is too small!
Thank you all so much.