11.06.2009

And if you haven't already guessed....

That’s right … we’re adopting!!

God has been so good to us and we have been called to share our blessings with a sweet baby boy from Ethiopia. It’s a rather long story and I will share it bit by bit over the next few weeks. But for now I just want to express how overwhelmed we are with the vastness of God’s plan for our lives. He is so faithful to fulfill His promises and we are trusting Him every step of the way.

So here’s where we are:


We’ve been officially and formally approved by our awesome agency and are moving forward “full steam ahead!!” : ) We have a conference call with our amazing agency All God’s Children International today. We are setting up our home study – there will be three parts. Then we fill out a mountain of paperwork called a “Dossier” while we complete the required education. Once our home study is approved we will submit that, along with our Dossier to our agency and then we will receive a number on the wait list. Once we’re at the top of the list we receive a referral. We can either accept or decline the referral (but do not anticipate ever declining!) and then we have 2-4 months before we fly to Africa to pick up our son. The whole process will (hopefully) take about a year. We’re so excited and are eagerly looking forward to see how God is going to provide in this new and exciting time in our lives!


Please pray for us and spread the word! We need all the prayer and support we can get! If you are interested in assisting us financially you can donate as you feel led by clicking the donate button from PayPal in the side bar. Every cent will go toward bringing our sweetness home! Stay tuned for some awesome fundraising give-aways and more thoughts and feelings we’re experiencing on this journey! And please ... don't forget to pray for us - and especially for our son who God is knitting together for us! : )

39 comments:

Manuela said...

This is wonderful Lauren!
Blessings and hugs!
Manuela

3 Blessings said...

You know I am so happy for you and John. This is such a blessing and I know God will bless your journey beyond your imaginations. You will see Him in everything.
Love & Hugs,
Amy

SnoWhite said...

Praise God! What a blessing. We're praying for you in this process.

Kim said...

Saw your announcement on Kristi's blog. So glad I followed the link to your blog! Congratulations on following His call to adoption. I cannot wait to see how His blessings unfold on the journey to your son!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,
Kim

Kelly said...

Praise the Lord! I'm so excited for you. Definitely will be praying for you and your hubby throughout this journey!

Bobbi said...

*Squeal*...so excited for you! I'll be praying you through all the way.

Melinda said...

Adoption is so near and dear to my heart and I'm so excited you'll get to experience it too! Just wait...God will bless your socks off! So happy for you and your little boy! Praying for you!

Joye @ The Joyeful Journey said...

This is the most wonderful news!!! I am so very excited for you and for the little one you will bring home! I will be praying fervently for you both and I just know God's hand will be in everything! He will go before you and prepare the way!

Shonni said...

I am very excited for you! What fun!
We are praying that we leave in the next few weeks for Ethiopia to bring home our son!

Denise @ A Sacred Longing said...

WooHoo...I will be praying for your "expanding" family!

Shalom,
Denise

Jeff and Sylvia Case said...

Yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!

Karlene said...

Oh what an exciting adventure you're beginning! I'm excited for you.

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

Oh, Amen and Congratulations! I will pray.
~ Wendy

crittyjoy said...

Whoohooo! Oh Lauren I am so excited for you and your hubby, John!! I have been waiting all week to get to this announcement and I could not be any happier for YOU! I am praying for you and will continue to pray. I cannot wait to see what God does....it's going to be so amazing!

Leigh said...

YAY! Lauren, my husband and I are adopting from Ethiopia through AGCI too! Praying for you!!!

Patricia & Louis said...
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T. J. Knowlton said...

I am so happy for you. I kind of suspected. What a wonderful chapter that is beginning! Hang in there through all the red tape. How exciting!

Tisha said...

Hi Lauren,

I am coming from Amy's blog! Congratulations. What an amazing journey you are getting ready to start. We brought home two year old twin girls in July through AGCI. I look forward to following your journey to your son.

Andrea said...

I'm so excited for you guys - congratulations!!

Victoria said...

Lauren, I am so happy for you two and so excited to see your family grow by the hand of God! What a blessing you all are going to be to one another! I can't wait to "meet" him! I'm praying with you and I will so spread the word! Love you!

Patricia & Louis said...

We sponsor a young Ethiopian boy through a Christian organization. Because he has so little, it’s a blessing to help provide clean water, supplies, even a Christian education when most never enter a classroom. We’re thrilled for you both in this whole process! This child will be blessed beyond measure as you welcome him into your family!
Lou & Patricia

Amy said...

Welcome to the Ethiopian AGCI family :)

We were just wait listed last week and are now waiting for the call!

I look forward to sharing in your journey!!!

Kristin said...

I read your story on Amy's blog and I am so excited for your family! What a beautiful blessing this will be :) I am adopted and it has been such a blessing to my life. I will look forward to following your journey!!

Alicia said...

Lauren!!! How exciting for you and your husband!!!!!

I will definitely be praying!!

God already knows!!!

He & Me + 3 said...

Oh Lauren...this is so exciting. I am so thrilled for you and your hubs. God is so good. He has already chosen your child for you. What a blessing & a perfect gift from above.
Hugs,
Mimi

Franchesca Cox said...

Oh, WOW! Lauren, I am so thrilled for you and your husband! You'll have such big hearts to reach out this way! You are my hero. I will definitely be praying for your son on the way and for all the paperwork to go smoothly! Lots and lots of LOVE!

xoxo

American History said...

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God bless you.

Lauren said...

I love you and I'm so excited!!

Do you have names picked out yet?

Rachel @ Future Pastor's Wife said...

YAY!!!!! :) Congratulations, Mommy & Daddy!!!

Jayme said...

YAY Lauren and John!!! Praying for you!

Tracy said...

oh how exciting! your blog is beautiful----- and I totally need that "adoption is the new pregnant shirt"-- is that yours?

mimi said...

Thank you for sharing about our similarities in your comment to me. I'm so thrilled to meet you ! You are blessed! I will look forward to following your adoption journey. Adoption is the most amazing, wonderful, and life changing experience. God bless.

theheartofachild said...

Congrats! We are an AGCI family too....only adopting a little girl in India. Excited for your journey ahead. God is truly a father to the fatherless and moves the mountains (including financial) to get His children in families. I have a great testimony...Dec. '08 on my blog. Also, thought you'd enjoy this song and pictures from our friend who has adopted from Ethiopia! It is on iTunes if you like it!
http://needhamfamily5.blogspot.com/2009/10/why-wouldn-i.html
Jenny

the overtons said...

welcome to the adoption journey. we are also with agci and on the infant girl list @ #27.

Jean Stockdale said...

This is such wonderful news, Lauren. My heart rejoices at this newest step of faith!! What a testimony God has given you. May the Lord bless and keep you as you prepare to train up this child in the way he should go!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment on our Baby Grand, the Lion King! Gerber Puffs saved the day when he decided he did not like his hat! A few Puffs and photographs were made!! Life is good. Blessings x 10,000.

Kristi J said...

yayyyyyyyyy...so excited for you guys...congrats....kristi

Traci Michele said...

That is so very exciting! You must be bursting with joy! I love your blog design!!

Hugs,
Traci

Amber said...

YAY!!!!! I just did a happy dance for you! :) How awesome!! :)

Joanne@ Blessed... said...

AWESOME.