We are the Snyder family and ... we are different

This is the story of our journey to our daughter in Ethiopia. God is preparing our family for her and preparing her heart to come home to her family. We chose the difficult road of trusting and obeying God. It is worth every step!

Monday, March 29, 2010

get r done

Today Dustin and I got really serious about getting this paperwork done. We must have both been thinking about it this weekend because when we got up we both started working on it right away. We did get several things accomplished like getting our marriage license, submitting Dustin's birth certificate request, finding out my foreign birth makes it more complicated to get another birth cert for me, going to jail to get fingerprinted and getting some additional documents signed. There are still a couple of things we need to do before we can send it in for our homestudy but we are definitely close. I didn't realize that we had to have this large packet of information all filled out before the homestudy process started. I thought it was something we had to work on while the homestudy was going on, clearly I was wrong. We are still waiting to hear from AWAA as to whether or not we have to use their services or can use our local service. I didn't realize that it is their policy that we use them so their staff is talking about it and going to decide if they will make an exception for us or not. I can certainly understand why they would want us to use their agency because then they know exactly what they want and exactly how they want us to do it and all of the proper forms and stuff. I'm sure that keeping it inhouse does make it easier on them. Hopefully we will hear tomorrow of their decision because the AWAA social worker is scheduled to come Wednesday night and if we don't use them I need to call her and let her know not to drive down here. Plus then I can get our paperwork submitted to our local agency right away and get this homestudy done. They say it takes 2-4 months but the lady I talked to didn't make it sound that long. She said that the longest part of it is usually just waiting for the fingerprints to get back from federal and getting the paperwork from state agencies. Of course it's always the government that we have to wait on.

In other news, one of the ladies I went to Hearts at Home with happens to have a friend who is also adopting from Rwanda. Turns out they got their referral just a couple days after that conference and are currently in Rwanda getting their son. It's so exciting and I'm so grateful for being introduced to her on facebook. I have gotten to read their blog and they just posted some great pics and videos of their experience so far in Rwanda. Dustin was also very interested in it and now we are hoping that we will get to meet with them and ask them questions and have them share their journey with us. Of course we understand that there is time to adjust in coming home so we wouldn't expect any meetings anytime soon. Hopefully though a few months from now when they have gotten settled in we will have a chance to meet. It would be great to befriend a local family who has a Rwandan child that our child can be friends with. That's a bond that is hard to come by in the midwest.

I signed Dustin and I up for the hague training that we have to have for our adoption. We are required to have 10 hours in and this will count for 8 of it. I'm not exactly sure where the other 2 hours will come from. Dustin and I have to complete the online course separately and we will each receive a certificate for it. It is quite long, a little boring, but I am thankful that it is something we can do online in our own time. It would not be very fun to have to drive somewhere and go to a couple of 3 or 4 hour sessions. Thank God for the internet. We have 8 weeks to complete the training so I will have to stay on Dustin to get it done. Hopefully I will have mine done this week. One of the benefits of not working :)

Someone told us that they were thinking about adopting and wanted a little more information about it when they saw that we are. Dustin sent her an email with a few things about the process and why we chose adoption. Then I followed up with an email with some more in depth details about the whole process and where we are in it. It was nice to know that we could be of help to someone else who is thinking about adoption. It may be a little overwhelming right now but at least they know in the future a little bit about what to expect. Our prayers are with them and their family for the decisions they have to make. Sometimes God is calling you for a plan but He just doesn't mean it for right now, planting the seed.