We wanted to take a moment and just give a big thank you to everyone who clicked through our Amazon link this past Christmas. That simple step earned almost $25 towards our adoption costs. We really appreciate that simple step. The link remains active in case you got some money after Christmas and it’s burning a hole in your pocket.

We also wanted to thank Julie’s family who, instead of presents this year, decided to give us the gift of a fundraising pork roast later this year. Words can’t express our gratitude for this! Not only did they give something, they gave up something in order to provide it. This is truly the spirit of Christmas.

Now that Christmas is over, the homestudy kicks into high gear. We’d appreciate your prayers as we get past this hurdle. Once this is done, then our file goes to the national office for approval which can take a few weeks. After this, it goes to the US government for approval which can take 2-3 months.  

While this is happening, our file is prepped to go to the country we are looking at. We are hopeful that all this proceeds smoothly and then by June or July we will be able to formally seek a referral. The referral could take 6 – 12 months but if the child is waiting (like one little boy we are praying for!) it could take less time. Once we receive a referral, then it is 4-5 months until we travel to add to our family!

Although we were told that we most likely won’t travel in 2013, we are asking God that we would be able to add our family before 2014. Will you join us in that prayer?

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