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