Man, I have to tell you that Peter and I were very intimidated about this portion of the process. So far, I have to admit, it has been a piece of cake. We met with our social worker in Springfield, Illinois last week and just chatted for an hour or so. She asked us each one question "describe your marriage" and sent us on our way. REALLY?!?! Could it be so easy? Well, we'll see. She's coming back on Monday to do the official, inspect our house portion of the home study. She said it would take about an hour or so, just wanting to chat with us more and see how our family interacts. Really I'm so relieved by all of this...when we first started thinking about adoption, there are a million things that make you feel like you can't do this, reasons that make this seem too hard. The home study was part of my worries, as it is such a big part of the process and we've heard that it can be a pretty invasive process. So, in the meantime, we've been scrubbing the floors, and organizing closets (not that she'll inspect either of those), writing our self-studies, and preparing a fire evacuation plan. We're moving right along!
On the flip side, with such a huge part of the process nearing completion, there is a tendency to worry about finances...as in "how in the world are we going to be able to finance this?!?!?!" We know that God is completely in control here (just at Christmas alone we were given enough money to finance the home study)...but there are still days that the devil tries to persuade us to stop. I know that it'll all be fine, actually more than fine-God says he fulfills beyond what we can even imagine...we just need to trust in that. I'm looking at getting a job as a barista at Starbucks and we're cutting corners any way we can. Be praying that finances come in and job offers are there! Also, be praying for our meeting on Monday...that our children cooperate, that the weather cooperates, that our social worker finishes up our home study quickly. Thanks so much for all of your support!