"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Next Step

So, I know everyone has been waiting with bated breath regarding the great news shared in the last post.  Well, delayed first by frustrations and then my my sickness, here is the update, you can breathe now.

So, you know we have the file of a very special little girl.  The next step, aside from the prayer, consideration, and consultation with our doctor, was the financial planning aspect.  The prayer part went very well, we excelled at it.  The consultation with our doctor went well also, she is fabulous.  We love Dr. Kinalska.  The financial planning, however, did not go as smoothly as we had planned or expected.  Plan A started out strong but came to a screeching halt on Thursday afternoon.  We were really upset, but no worries, onto Plan B.  But it was not going to be that simple.  Plan B came to a similar screeching halt on Friday.  By this time we were in full-on panic mode.  Everything had seemed so perfect, so meant to be.  But now what?  The only thing that brought a little calmness to us was the fact that nothing could be done by anyone over the weekend.  It bought us some time to think and work on Plans C, D, and (if needed) E.  Well, I won't lie to you, we had our share of lows, extreme lows in fact.  But, once again the answer was simply to be found in trust and faith, in God that is.  Again, not something so easy to do, but very necessary in this process.

Saturday morning I woke up sick, really sick.  I only get sick about once a year, and of course it would come at a time like this right?  Well, while I was writhing around in a semi-conscious state in the bed, Amy was at work downstairs, getting a head start on that trust and faith plan I just mentioned.  After some more praying, thinking, and planning she came to realize that we could find the money to begin the process on our own!  The adoption could go on as planned!  By planning, scrimping, and saving we will be able to cover about half of the expenses in cash.  This will get us to August when we officially submit our dossier after Amy's 30th birthday.  This gives us the time to plan, scrimp, and save some more to figure out the rest.  

So, needless to say we are, once again, blissfully ecstatic!  We spent a good portion of today getting her room ready.  Gone is the office/craft room.  Here is the bedroom that awaits our little girl.  We brought down our crib from the attic even though we cannot decide if we should use it or not.  I say yes since that is most likely what she will be used to, Amy says we should get her a bed.  We will see, for now we have the crib set up and ready.  The dresser is cleaned out and ready to go as well.  We even went out and bought a fan, also installed, and paint samples.  Yes, we know her arrival is a long way away, but we are preparing nonetheless.  

So, what's the next step?  Well, tomorrow Amy will call our agency and "lock" her file.  Then we begin the process of waiting some more for our approval and getting our home study started.  Surreal as it is, it's really happening!  I wish I could share more information about her and pictures, but we are not at the point in the process where we can.  However, as previously blogged, as soon as I can, you know I will be posting!  Until then we continue to ready her room, talk about her, and of course stare, wide-eyed, at the picture of this beautiful little blessing!

All is well, moving forward, in Drosche Land. 

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