Friday, December 13, 2013

Meeting Update

Hello everyone.

First of all, thanks so much to everyone who has prayed for us this week - we appreciate it so much!

Our meeting went really well this afternoon (where we got the full presentation on the kiddos). We aren't saying much as of yet, but we were very encouraged!

Look for more updates as the weeks go by.

Please keep praying for the lead paint test - that it will be moved up if possible, and that we will pass!

Thanks again so much!

Conor, Carling, and Ciahna

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Big News, Big Prayer

Hello everyone. It's been a while here I guess. But we're back with some big news, and some big prayer requests.

Today Carling got a call from our social worker that we've been selected for a sibling group of two (a two year old and a one year old). We have a meeting with DSS, where we'll get the "full presentation" on the kids, and will learn everything DSS knows about them. We already know a good bit about these kids, and are confident that they're ours.

So that is the amazingly big news, and we are so overjoyed about it. Thank you to everyone who has prayed for us throughout this process.

Here's the big prayer requests.

We moved a few months ago, and haven't gotten our new house tested for lead paint yet. The kids can't be placed with us officially until we take and pass the lead paint test. However, the person who tests for lead paint can't come out until January 2nd, and we are really hoping to have our babies home by Christmas.

We would love it if you would pray for us that:

1) The date for the test would get moved up somehow, and

2) that our house would pass, so that we can get our babies as soon as possible.

Another big prayer request regards transportation. We would really love to get a minivan so that Carling can drive everyone around easily and safely. If you know anyone who has a van that they would like to sell for relatively cheap, please let us know. We don't care about age or looks, as long as it runs well, and still has a good bit of life left in it.

Thanks so much for your prayers and your encouragement over the last year and a half!

(today Ciahna told a friend that she has a brother named Conor Burke!)

Conor, Carling, and Ciahna

Monday, March 25, 2013

Homestudy.......Approved!

We just got word today that our homestudy has been approved! This is a great blessing and answer to prayer, so thank you so much for all of your prayers, well wishes, and good thoughts!

We are now moving into a time that will be very difficult for us. We have done all that we can do; there is no longer anything that we have to fill out. It is a good thing in a way, since we have finished our side of it, but this is where our trust in the sovereignty of God will really be put to the test. So please pray for us, that we will trust to God's timing and His will in this.

Also pray for Ciahna, that the Lord would be opening her heart to be receptive and loving toward her new brother(s) and/or sister(s). She has been so sweet with the babies of our friends, which we are taking as a good sign, but it will still be tough on her. She's still only (almost) two!

If you are interested in the theology of adoption, please check out this article I (Conor) just wrote on my hubpages account. It is a short introduction into the theology of adoption, the implications for us as individuals, and the applications for our lives as individuals and members of the church.

Thanks so much for your past, present, and continuing prayers. We desperately appreciate and need them!

Conor, Carling, and Ciahna

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Finished Homestudy

Hooray! Our certified investigator finished our homestudy last week. It was 21 pages long! No wonder it takes a while.

Now we have to wait until the DSS Adoption coordinator approves it, and we are put into the pool of potential adoptive families. We're so excited for this, but it will be very difficult to wait. People who are familiar with international adoption always ask if we know who we're getting, but we will have no idea until we get a call saying that we've been matched up with a child (or children!). So the waiting will be very hard for us.

We would love it if you would pray for us: that God would work out His will in our lives with our children (even the ones who aren't here yet), that we would trust in His will as the sovereign will of the Almighty God, and that we would have patience in our waiting.

Thanks!

Conor, Carling, and Ciahna

Friday, March 1, 2013

Orphan Ministry Awareness Meeting

Hello everyone. I am sorry that I have not updated as regularly as I should. We finished all our inspections, and are waiting for our homestudy paper to be finished and approved. We will be sure to let you all know what that happy moment comes.

The Orphan Ministry at Clemson Presbyterian church is having an awareness meeting tomorrow morning. If you would like to know some details, as well as read a (hopefully) detailed explanation of why I think you should consider coming, please check out this link at my worldview blog: Adoption.

Thank you very much for your emotional and spiritual support through this. We thank God for you!

Conor, Carling, and Ciahna

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Inspection Updates

Hey guys, we just wanted to let you know what's up.

Our Fire Marshall inspection went really well; the first half of our home inspection went well (the second half is sometime in the future), and our DHEC inspection went really, really well (Carling really did a great job with all this stuff).

We just have a training class this Saturday, and the second half of our home inspection (hopefully) soon.

Thanks for all your prayers and support! We really appreciate them!

Conor, Carling, and Ciahna

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Updates, Prayer Requests, and a Great Article

Here's what is going on with the Aubry family and our quest to adopt.

We had our inspection with the Fire Marshall yesterday, which we passed with only one suggestion. Praise the Lord! And a big thanks to Carling, who was home when he came.

We have our inspection with DHEC tomorrow afternoon, and our first inspection with the certified investigator (they need to come up with a less ominous sounding title for this person) Thursday afternoon. We would really appreciate your prayers for us in these. We know we are ready for them, but it is still nerve-wracking to have to sit through. Pray that the Lord would be faithful - that as He called us to this ministry, that He might see it to fruition. And even more so, that we would trust in His faithfulness, which is never ending!

Lastly, if you are interested in the theology of adoption (our adoption into the family of God), read this great article by Dan Cruver, co-founder and president of Together for Adoption, a ministry in Spartanburg.

Thanks so much for reading, caring, and praying. We all appreciate it so much!

Conor, Carling, and Ciahna