trepidation and fun

I’ve been waiting for months to be at the point at which we would be eligible even to apply to start the process to adopt a child from China. Now we’re just about there – and I’m nervous. Very nervous. What if the agencies I want to work with (placing agency and homestudy agency) reject us? I don’t think they will. We aren’t perfect – but I think we meet all the qualifications. But still, they could, and I am worried about it. I’ll feel a lot better once we have our agencies lined up. I’m sure there will be much more to worry about as we go through the process, but for right now, the agency contracts are at the top of the list. I’ve started gathering the information and documentation that will need to be submitted with our application to the placing agency I’d like to work with, and Matt and I have a meeting with a potential homestudy agency tomorrow morning just to talk about the process. Hopefully all will go well. If you’re the praying type, please pray that it does!

God has definitely been faithful in His provision for us as we move toward the official beginning of our adoption journey. He’s given us a number of contacts to answer my many questions, some great books from which to learn, and some donations and artwork sales to help us raise much of the money we’ll need to pay the initial agency fees that will be due as soon as our applications are accepted (assuming they are!). I suppose that should give me reasons to trust that He will also be faithful in guiding us through the agency application process – even if that would mean we got an initial rejection for some reason! – as we embark on the journey He has laid out for us.

And beyond those small steps forward in our adoption process, life is going well 🙂 We are so enjoying these last days of Matt’s winter break, when he’s able to be at home more. We’ve had more family time, as well as more time together as a couple, and we’ve both been tackling organizational projects around the house, turning our house into more of a home (and one that will hopefully be acceptable to our social worker!).

Miranda is so much fun right now and often absolutely hilarious. We moved her from our bedroom into a room of her own in December, and she enjoys that. Her current favorite thing about her room is her “little light.” We got her a light-sensor night light, and she’s basically obsessed with it. It’s the first thing she runs to look at when we go upstairs, and she often talks about it throughout the day. She also loves her family books – those “Who Loves Baby” books with photos of our families inside. Tonight as she was getting ready for bed, she kept talking excitedly about the picture of her cousin holding her upside down – “Cassi hup-a-suh-dow Miranda!” I can’t wait to see how she continues to grow and develop 🙂 I’ve started teaching her numbers and letters…generally it’s going well except that I can’t get her to say “three” anymore. She started counting by saying, “three, two, three, two” but has now for days consistently said, “one, two, four, five” with a staunch resistance to the number three, despite all of my attempts to get her to include it. I think we may focus on letters for a while and come back to numbers later 🙂 So far I know she can identify A, C, M, and Z – and she can probably do more – so I think we’re off to a good start. I think I’m going to love being a real homeschooling mom someday!

I don’t have any pictures (yet) of us playing with letter magnets, but I have managed to capture a few photos of other fun around here lately!

Miranda dancing in my socks
Miranda cooking in her new kitchen!
Matt and Miranda playing with Lincoln Logs (definitely a favorite of Matt’s!)
Miranda reading – probably her favorite activity these days – which brings joy to this mommy’s heart!

And now I’m signing off for some time to hang out with Matt 🙂 I hope you, reader, are having a good evening!

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