There is now absolutely nothing left for us to do as far as our adoption process goes. Our paperwork is done. Our home study is complete. Our new house has been visited. (We are all settled in, and we LOVE being real Kansas Citians now!) We are now waiting on one more little piece of paper to arrive in the mail so we can send everything off to Ethiopia. Unfortunately, it could take up to a couple more months to show up. (We are praying that it comes quickly though!) After that, we will be officially waiting. We will be on THE LIST to be matched with a child. It is humbling to know that we cannot do anything to make this process go any faster. We have no control...but then again, did we ever?
God has shown us our lack of control over and over again throughout our "paper chasing" process. Adoption paperwork is hard to complete and compile anyway, but we always seemed to find a way to make it just a little bit harder. I smile now as I write this, but I can assure you that there were times that I did not feel like smiling! Between forms being lost in the mail, accounting errors on taxes, police reports ran on the wrong Kayla Mackey, and having to have several forms re-notarized (side note: I'm thoroughly convinced that almost every notary's commission expires in the fall of 2013...which is a problem when your agency requires the notary to be good through the time your paperwork arrives in Ethiopia!), God has shown us that we have to rely on Him and his timing. He repeatedly worked it all out for us in His own time, no matter how many tears I cried or moments I wanted to pull my hair out. We know that God's timing is perfect, and we cannot wait to see when He decides to bring our little boy home.
It has been amazing to see God's hand throughout our journey so far. We were praying crazy prayers about finances and houses, and God has provided over and over again. Thank you to everyone who has allowed God to work through you during this process. We will continue to pray big, crazy prayers about finances, a quick match, and a speedy trip to bring our son home. Will you pray with us as we wait?
P.S. We love seeing everyone in their t-shirts! It makes our hearts happy.