We got word yesterday afternoon that our home study was signed and complete - approving us for a sibling group of 2. It has been almost 4 months since we started this process - and I'm so thankful this phase is done and ready to move forward.
SO WHAT's NEXT??
Now that our home study is complete we can begin to make inquiries on specific children that we are interested in. We have been looking at online profiles for months now, compiling a list of possibilities for our family. Last night I was able to start making contact on the kids on our list. If the kids are still available, they will contact our agency for a copy of our home study and if they feel we would be a good match then they will send us more information on the kids.
Looking through profiles can be overwhelming and daunting - who should we inquire on, who is a good fit, how do we know?? We rest in peace that we serve a mighty God and He knows exactly where our kids are and how and when they will make it into our family. So - we are making contact but trusting God to lead the way.
We were told to expect the inquiry process to go fairly quickly - - being open to a sibling group, our professions, and family dynamic - - they said that case workers will be very interested in a family dynamic like ours and will probably be making contacts about additional possibilities on their case loads.
We are excited to welcome new ones into the family but there is still a lot to get ready. We have to remodel a bedroom, get some additional furniture (bunk bed, dresser, etc), continue to prepare our hearts and home for adding in new kids who are coming with emotional scars. So - I am thankful that we are finally to this step and we are able to move forward in the next phase. But, I am also going to enjoy the time I have here and now in this moment. This time of preparation of our home and our hearts is part of the process and I will enjoy it while I have it.
Please continue to pray for our family and we will continue to keep you posted on the progress of growing our family!