Our home has been filled with an intensified sense of life, joy and energy these past few weeks. The source? A sweet little baby we’ve yet to meet. Just last night we finished reading our third [and final] “required” adoption book. These books we’ve read, especially this last once which was written by a birth mom regarding her perspective of adoption, have brought about lots of good reflection and questions between the two of us as we ponder adoption on a deeper level. Zoe talks about “our baby” more each day. She hopes that we get a girl. Her reasoning? Because she is a girl of course! But she is also quick to acknowledge that we don’t know yet what baby we’ll get. To say she is excited to become a big sister is a major understatement, and there’s not a doubt in our minds that she’ll be a fabulous one at that.
Last week we sent in our first grant application and are in the process of working on three more [for which we’ll be able to apply after we have an approved home study]. We’ve moved our fundraising projects into full gear now and are trying to be intentional in reaching out to those we know who are somehow connected to adoption as we seek out personal tips and experiences. We’ve also been doing lots of little projects around the house…some to get ready for the baby and others because I know if I don’t do them now I definitely won’t be doing them once we have another little one. Clayton says I’m “nesting.” And I’m inclined to agree with him. A couple days ago we spent a car ride home dreaming about potential baby names. We often find ourselves wondering if our baby has already been conceived. And most importantly I have been finding myself praying more and more for our baby and birth mom. I’m asking God to give me specific things to pray over these two precious individuals and can definitely attest that He is already growing a deep love in my heart for both of them. Crazy and beautiful how that works! Needless to say we are very EXCITED these days…
Here are three, specific things that are going on right now with our adoption journey and for which we’d love your prayers…
- Home Study Visits UNDERWAY!
- Perhaps the most exciting development is that our home visits have started! This is what all the paperwork of the past 3+ months have been leading up to. We had our first [of three] home visit last Tuesday and will have our second one this Thursday the 10th. Leading up to the first visit, I found myself pretty nervous. Would our house pass the home inspection? Was our home welcoming and organized the way I wanted it to be? What would our social workers think of me and Clayton? Would they like us? Would we feel comfortable and be able to immediately open up to them, etc? Thankfully all these concerns were quickly set aside after meeting our workers, Melissa and Andy. They are both very relateable, encouraging and super helpful with any and all questions that we have. Please do keep praying for our remaining two visits…that we communicate in such a way as to accurately articulate our hearts and lives.
2. Garage Sales
- July 18 & 19 [Fayette]… Do you have items [big or small] that you would be willing to donate toward our adoption? Examples of items that can be donated: furniture, toys, clothes, home decor, dishes or other kitchen items, electronics, books, movies, etc. If you have stuff to donate, just let us know, and we’ll pick it up.
- Aug 1 & 2 [St Louis]…Our dear friends Mitch and Katie have graciously volunteered to host a garage sale benefiting our adoption at their house near St Louis. In addition to hosting, they are also collecting items for the sale. What a gift!
3. “More than Skills” Baseball Camp [Aug 6-8/ Fayette]
- Running baseball camps is not a new concept to Clayton as he did over two college summers in his hometown. He’s passionate about baseball [he played from the age of 3 to 18], teaching the fundamentals of the game, and teaching these youngsters [ages 8-12] how to approach baseball with integrity and honor [hence the name “More than Skills”]. Also two of our Navs guys who currently play baseball at CMU, Drew and Landon, are helping run the camp. In addition to raising funds for our adoption, we’re excited to do something that serves the youth of our community. We have purposefully set the registration fee low [$30] so that no obstacle is created for any student wanting to attend. We’re inviting local businesses to partner with “More than Skills” by buying advertisements for our camp t-shirt and handbook.
Please do be praying for these fundraising endeavors. Between the two garage sales and baseball camp, we are praying that God would provide $5,000+ toward our adoption. We can’t wait to share the next update as more things unfold on this journey bringing us closer and closer with each step to baby two…