Wednesday, October 28, 2009

4 kids

Yesterday, we received information we had been waiting on for a sibling group of 4. We read over their information yesterday and decided to proceed with adopting them. We were/are excited.

Unfortunately, this morning we were told that they are being placed through a private orphanage - which would mean an additional $11,000 (minimum). We were not prepared for this. We missed that conversation with our social worker where we discussed whether or not we would consider kids from private orphanages. I'm not sure what we would have decided earlier, but the problem is, now, we are not prepared. We have to make a decision this week. We don't have that much money, so I'm not really sure what our options are other than say no, or trust that God will provide the money. It has already been a week full of emotional ups and downs, and it's only Wednesday.

Please pray for us as we make this impossible decision.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dining room table - check.

We bought a dining room table that seats 14 people yesterday! As we were moving it, I thought, this is the table my family, my kids are going to sit around for years - there's going to be a lot of good memories at this table (and probably some tough ones too). It's HUGE and you are all officially invited to come over anytime and have a meal of beans and rice at it :)

In other big news, we got our FBI clearance in the mail today - so that means we just need to go over everything with Kristina, get everything apostilled and then we will be ready to send our dossier to Colombia! If we hurry, I think we can get it in the mail the first week of November!

It also means that we need to make a decision on the group of 6 in the next week - so please keep praying for us!

Friday, October 16, 2009

one week done

Ed and I decided to do an "in-house" fundraiser for our adoption. We decided that we would spend a month living on a dollar a day/per person. The money we save on groceries all goes to our adoption. This means that we pretty much eat oatmeal, beans and rice. It's been good. Not only do we save money, we are experiencing hunger. Our food is what many orphans around the world get to eat, if they're lucky they'll get one meal a day. This past week I have been irritable, hungry, crabby and have really tried to think everytime that this is similar (on a much smaller level) to what our kids spent the better part of their life experiencing. Only, they probably had no end in sight for when they would get more food. We are only doing it for one month, and we live in a generous, American world - where people often invite you over for dessert or better, dinner!

So, one week down, three more to go. Praying that we would have a better understanding of what orphans around the world go through everyday.

In regards to praying about what kids should join our family, we have been praying about three groups and one of those groups was chosen by another family to be adopted. We are really excited for these kids to have a family! We are still waiting for more information on one of those groups, hopefully we will know more soon.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Food

We're really excited in the Lebert household tonight :) Even though we got our approval yesterday, I think it started becoming "real" tonight. We are praying about three different groups of kids that we could potentially adopt. A group of 3, a group of 4 and a group of 6. Please pray for wisdom in that.

On a lighter note, Ed and I have decided to eat beans and rice (well, live off of a dollar a day) for a month starting tomorrow. We've been trying to get rid of the food we have first, but it just keeps going! It's amazing how far food can go, and how provided for we are in America. But, I think we about ran through the end of it tonight. I was really proud of the meal I came up with from the very bare ingredients I had to choose from. I made Chicken Parm. and blondies! I used a can of tomatoes for the sauce, breadcrumbs for the coating and a chunk of leftover asiago cheese for the topping. And then I still had enough ingredients to make blond brownies from scratch! I actually would have been proud to serve that meal to anyone - and to think it was just leftovers! Heidi Chase, you would have been proud!

I'll post more about our "rice and beans adventure" in a future post :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Approval!

Our social worker e-mailed us today to tell us that she received our Immigration approval! Yeah! Two months ago, I happened to circle today's date on our calendar as "D-Day" for approval - I can't believe it was true! It's cool how God surprises us in small ways :) I e-mailed Kristina back right away to ask about her sending us Kid's profile information, but I didn't hear back. So, hopefully tomorrow we'll actually get to look at kids - wow! Please, please pray for Ed and I as we start that process. Pray that God would lead both of us to know who just the right kids are for our family. Pray that we would continue to trust in God for strength and wisdom in parenting.

The end of our lives as DINKs (double income no kids) is almost over... and we are happy about that :)