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!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

homestudy here we come

YAY! I'm so excited for those of you who have been following our blog I have been whining about not starting the homestudy yet and I finally got a phone call today. They apparently wanted to check out our references first, which I can understand. Our first appointment is next Monday and she said that they usually take about a month or so to complete. She said that she hasn't received our fingerprinting back yet from where it was that she had to send it, but she knew that it would take a while and thinks probably sometime in May we will get that back. I have my physical at the doctor's office tomorrow and the kids have theirs the next week. Things are really starting to get moving, again YAY!

I hope the doctor is ready for me tomorrow because I have lots of questions for him. We just go to family practice so the kids and I have the same doctor. I want to ask him about getting shots to travel, if he knows anything about international adoptions, if we need to go to Iowa City to an international adoption pediatrician, just all kinds of things. He better have blocked more than 10 minutes for my appointment, lol. All these stories I have been following talk about the physical and developmental delays that come with being institutionalized and all the parasites and sickness that come along with it also. Well at least when you first get your child and bring them home. Hopefully when I talk to the doctor tomorrow I can get some of those types of questions answered so that we'll be prepared. Everyone says that you should see a doctor while you're still in Africa so you can get the child started on treatment and then get them to a doctor when you get home no later than 2 weeks. I'm sure once we get our referral and travel dates that I'll be making an appointment for just a couple days after we get home. There's no sense in putting off something like that.

There's really only a few things left to complete in the dossier now so I'm feeling more confident that we can have it sent out by June. I am feeling a little unsure of the notarization though, only because I have absolutely no idea how that works. Fortunately a good friend of mine happens to have a mother that does it and said she would be willing to notarize our papers. Hopefully she can sort of walk me through all that entails because I don't really understand how they notarize the physicals and financial statements and all that jazz. Anyway, it's feeling so much closer. This summer and fall will basically just be waiting and not so much stress of getting paperwork done. I know that there will still be things that need to be done but really most of that isn't until you get your referral and that's when the craziness starts. It would be a true miracle and testament to God if we were able to bring home our little girl for Christmas, but I know it's not about our timing or my impatience :) God already has a little girl picked out for our family that will be a blessing unto us. I continue to pray that God will keep her safe until we can come and get her and pray for her country as well. Please join me in those prayers.