Sunday, December 23, 2012

Paperwork Done

Praise the Lord! This past Friday, Carling copied all of our paperwork and I took the whole packet over to the post office.

After this, we have our home inspections, our fire inspection, and then we are done with our part, and will just be waiting to get referred.

Thanks to everyone who has prayed for us through this process. And thanks to our Lord for His sustaining grace. We will definitely keep everyone updated on when we get our inspections, and how they go.

Thanks again for praying for us. We really appreciate it.

Conor, Carling, and Ciahna

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Update and Praise

Today Carling got a call from someone at Heartfelt Calling, which is somehow involved with DSS in adoption. They were just asking how things were going with our adoption. It is very encouraging having the people we work with who are helping and checking up on us.

Anyways, Carling told her where we were in the process, and she was very impressed, and said we were about halfway done with the whole process (minus waiting time)! That is an awesome thing, considering how overwhelming the giant packet of stuff was at the beginning.

It is also a huge testament to Carling's diligence and hard work in getting the paperwork done soon. If it were up to me, we would still need to call to get started :). Diligence in paperwork is not my strong suit, but praise God He gave me a wife who is great at it!

Even though we are relieved at this great news, we still need lots of prayer for continued diligence and patience.

Thanks for reading and praying.

Conor, Carling, and Ciahna

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cool Stuff, pt 2

I'll have a more thorough post on this in a day or two, but I wanted update everyone on our last post.

We received our bracelets from Remnant's KIN campaign a few days ago. They are awesome. I'll have some more, more detailed, and better quality pictures on the bigger post, but here's a teaser.


Many thanks to Remnant for these awesome bracelets. We love them.

We also got a big bag of stuff from The Sparrow Fund. All cool stuff. We would put some pictures of them up, but don't want to spoil the surprise (they're all gifts).

Conor, Carling, and Ciahna

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Support Adoption, Get Cool Stuff

What if I told you that you could support adoption individually, in general, domestically, and abroad, and get cool handmade stuff?

Well you can! A lot of people and organizations make really cool stuff and sell it, with all or most of the profits going towards adoption.

Today I just learned of a new one: remnant is a husband and wife team in North Carolina that makes cool bags. They're also adopting a child, and making handmade leather bracelets to help fund their adoption. You can see the bracelets at the website. The project is called "KIN," representing an investment in family: not just in theirs, but in the idea of bringing families to orphans.

Plus they look awesome! Carling and I are getting these for each other for Christmas.







Here are some other cool websites where the profits benefit adoption:

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Amazima Ministries
The Sparrow Fund
Just Love Coffee - for this, families can set up storefronts where parts of proceeds from coffee sales goes towards their adoptions.

Christmas is just around the corner, and it isn't a bad idea to get a head start on your gifts. I hope you will consider shopping at these and other stores like them, where you can get great stuff, all while making a difference in the lives of orphans.

Thanks for reading!

Conor, Carling, and Ciahna

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Updates

Hello everyone. Good news! We are almost completely done with our paperwork (all due to Carling's vigilance  of course)! Our goal is to finish our paperwork and send it in before we leave for Florida for Christmas. We still have to have our physicals (all of us), and fingerprints (this Saturday afternoon).

Please pray for us to be diligent with this, but also that we would trust in the Lord and await His timing.

Our next step after all this paperwork is attending training classes, and having some inspections by the Fire Marshall. Then would be home studies and interviews. And then some waiting - which will be the hardest part!

We appreciate your prayers and encouragement.

Happy Adoption Month! Take some time to talk about adoption, both physical and spiritual, and pray for orphans around the world, that God would bring them a loving family, and peace.

Soli Deo Gloria

-Conor, Carling, and Ciahna

Monday, August 20, 2012

A Change of Plans

A few weeks ago, we began feeling that maybe the Lord was leading us to adopt domestically instead of internationally right now. We prayed and talked a lot about it and truly felt that this is what’s best for our family at this point.

Here are some reasons. Adopting through the state is next to free, and we wouldn’t have to leave Ciahna and be in another country for an unknown period of time.

Although these aren't huge reasons to change our adoption plan, we do feel that we are led to domestic adoption right now! It is the perfect time to transition because we weren’t too far into the international process yet. We definitely feel called to adopt internationally in the future though, and now we have more time to raise and save our money! We are really excited for this new path the Lord is leading us on and are so excited for our little family to grow!

If you could continue to pray for us during this process, we would really appreciate it!

Thanks so much!

Conor, Carling, and Ciahna

Friday, July 6, 2012

Another Praise!

God is good!

We heard back from our agency regarding the heritage trips. Here's what the Ugandan lawyer had to say.

It is not true that Uganda passed a law requiring adoptive families to make return trips to Uganda every five (5) years. 

It happened in a particular adoption Application, where the Judge stated that the family had to bring the child back for a visit after five years.  It does not cut across all adoption applications. 

Each adoption application is handled differently by a particular Judge and depending on the child’s background.  So it’s not true that each Court Order has such a clause. 

This is a great burden off of our minds. We appreciate all your thoughts and prayers. We would love continued prayers that this would not affect our process.

Thank you all for reading, sharing, and praying!

Conor, Carling, and Ciahna

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Praise!

Praise the Lord! 

We just found out that Conor will be offered the job as the English teacher at New Covenant! Thank you all for your prayers! We also want to specifically thank those who helped him get the job. Our church family is amazing; we wouldn’t have even known about the job opening if it weren’t for our church body (thank you Jean, Sherri, John Thomas, anyone else who helped and all of you who helped with prayers).

 And thanks to those that gave references (Pastor Sinclair and Matt). 
 
Our continued prayer is that the Heritage Trip we mentioned before would NOT become a law. We would appreciate your continued prayer with us on this matter. 

Thank you all for your support!

Conor, Carling, and Ciahna

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Uganda Update

Hello everyone! Thanks for checking in on our blog and our adoption process!

Here are some updates, as well as some things about which you can be praying for us.

Heritage Trips

Uganda is considering implementing a new law that would require anyone who adopted from Uganda to take the child back to Uganda every five years for meetings with government officials (to check up on the kids) and rediscovering their place of birth.


The reasons for starting this are good, since the impetus is for the safety of the child. However, we do not feel like we would be able to afford this, especially since we are planning on adopting as many more times as we can. We also don't like the idea of a foreign government telling us what to do with our child, since they will most definitely be our child.

We would really appreciate your prayers for this. We still feel like we have been called to Uganda, but this potential law is making us question things. Our prayer is this: that either the law will not pass, or that our adoption will be final before it does.

In case the law does pass we are looking at other countries. We would like prayer for direction and wisdom in this matter.



Immigration and Money

Another potential roadblock in the process is money. The US Department of Immigration has certain financial requirements that must be met in order to allow a couple to adopt internationally. With my (Conor) current job, we do not meet this requirement. Please pray for us that we would be able to meet that requirement soon.

Which brings us to another prayer request. Conor just had an interview this afternoon with New Covenant Christian School in Anderson. We feel very good about this, and the interview went well. Please pray that, if it is God's will, He would bless us with this job. It is a dream job as far as teaching goes, and as a bonus, we would meet the requirements for Immigration and be able to continue with our adoption process. This would be a great relief for us and help us get back on track with the adoption.


Thank you all for reading this and for praying for us. We really appreciate it.

Conor, Carling, and Ciahna







  

Thursday, May 31, 2012

His Little Feet

Carling talked to the head of the adoption ministry at First Baptist in Spartanburg yesterday, and he was extremely helpful to us (we are seeking to start an adoption ministry at our own church - Clemson Presbyterian - let us know if you are interested!), and turned us on to many great organizations to help with funding, both personally and through a ministry.

He also told us about His Little Feet - a choir of orphans that tours the United States to raise money and awareness for orphans around the world. It looks like a great organization, and the video they have on Youtube just melted our hearts and made us ready to go to Uganda right now! Check our the video and consider buying a CD or t-shirt to help support them.



Conor and Carling

Sunday, May 20, 2012

An Overview: Where We Are, and Where We're Going

Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by. We are humbled and honored by everyone who read our first post. Thanks again!

In this post, we are going to give an overview of our current situation. Mainly: where we are in the process, what country we're adopting from, what agency we're using, and what's next.

We just started two weeks ago, by sending in our application to Carolina Adoption Services. We have heard great things about CAS, and our limited experience so far has backed that up. Another thing we love about CAS is that their headquarters are only a few hours away, in North Carolina, and they provide homestudy services for North and South Carolina, which will be a big help.

We have applied to adopt a boy from the country of Uganda, in Africa. According to CAS, Uganda has more orphans than any country in the world. We have felt called to adopt an African boy for a while, given the hardship and poverty that is widespread, as well as the child soldier problem. We don't pretend that we can stop these problems on our own, but if we can help one child escape from these calamities, we will.

We are very excited to visit Uganda. Another reason we chose CAS is that the orphanage they work with has a guest house attached, so we can stay at the orphanage and spend as much time as possible with our child while we wait until we can take him (or her, if God wills) home. This was an amazing idea to us, as we hadn't seen that in any other agencies or countries that we had looked at. It will be a great time to bond with our child and get to know him and the culture he came from.

What's next? Well, next we'll have the homestudy process. This is a series of interviews, some in our home, to get to know us and our personal information, as well as make sure we will be good parents and our home will be a safe place for our new child. This can take some time, as there are several interviews, but we are excited. After our dossier is prepared, we will be referred to Uganda and wait to placed with a child in CAS' Ugandan orphanage. We understand this will be a long (and expensive!) process, and so here's what we need from you:

We need your prayers and words of encouragement. It will mean so much to us to know that we have friends and family supporting us.

Again, if you feel led to donate money or other items (we'll get a list together, thanks for the idea Kyle!), we would appreciate that so much. If you're not able to donate, we totally understand, and would just appreciate you reading and sharing the blog as much as possible!

Thank you all again so much for your time and your prayers. We'll keep you updated as we go along!

Conor and Carling

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Welcome To Our Blog!

Welcome!

Hello, and welcome to our blog! We are a couple in South Carolina with a one year old daughter, and we are getting started on the journey to adopt a child.

We have decided to adopt for several reasons.

First, we feel very grateful to our Heavenly Father for adopting us into His family, and we would like to mirror this love in the lives of children from around the world.

Second, we feel like we have been called to care for the orphans and widows, and adoption is a great way to care for a child physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

We also feel called to help those in need around the world, and adoption is a wonderful way to have a profound impact on one specific person's life.

About the Blog

This blog will be a place for us to share our journey with you. We will post updates about the process of adopting, for those interested in adopting for themselves, as well as those just interested in our process. We will also be sharing our feelings, hopes, prayers, and general thoughts as the process goes on. We would also love to have your prayers throughout this process for faith in God, strength, patience, and God's provision throughout.

This blog will also serve as a form of fundraising for our adoption, with ads and Paypal donations. We are being up front about this, because adoption is a huge financial undertaking, and we need your help. We are trusting in God to provide everything we need, including finances. We would ask you to pray and consider in your heart if this is something God is calling you to support. If not financially, then please support us with your prayers and words of encouragement!

Thank you for reading through our blog and sharing this amazing experience with us! We hope to hear from you soon.

Conor and Carling