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!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Homestudy visit #1, check

We had our first homestudy visit today at our house with Jan from Young House. It went very well and it was very casual and laid back. She just asked us some questions about our family, how we grew up, about the boys. We talked about Rwanda and why we want to adopt and just some other general things about the adoption. It was nice to know that she had adopted a little girl from Guatemala so she understands the difficulties of adoption during the process and afterwards with a daughter of a different race. We have our next meeting with her in a couple of weeks, she also has to interview Dominic because Rwanda requires anyone over 10 living in the home to be interviewed. So far so good on the homestudy front, should be done in May. We will just be waiting on our fingerprints to get back. After that we have to get it approved and notarized and authenticated. So much legal paperwork, sigh.

The boys also had their physicals today and I got mine finished up. Unfortunately the boys had to get tuberculosis tests done, Dominic did very well but CJ was a whole different story. He cried and had to be held done to get it done. He also had to get a lead test done for kindergarten which they were nice enough to just prick his finger. He didn't even shed a tear when that one happened. We have to remember to go back on Friday so they can check the test, I was sort of glad that Dustin and I didn't have to have the test done :)

I have really appreciated the new friendships that God has placed in my life through this adoption and through church. My new facebook friends going through Rwanda adoptions themselves have been so encouraging this week when I really needed it. I have also made friends with a new lady at church who has helped teach me how to make bracelets. It is always nice to get to know someone new, she also doesn't live too far and has a daughter that goes to the same school the boys will go to next year. The bracelets I'm making are just some fun little beaded bracelets that say mugisha and murakoze on them. I thought it would be neat to include a little kinyarwanda to make a connection with Rwanda for people. I also made some brochures with info about Rwanda, orphans there and a little about our family. I thought that people might be interested in what it is that we're doing and what their money is going towards. Of course since we don't have a particular child in mind we can't make the connection with pictures or details of the actual child, but this is the next best thing.

Thanks for reading, please keep praying for our family.