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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Long Story Short

We have changed our goal from adopting from Mainland China to adopting from Taiwan. Why? A variety of reasons: paperwork issues, government regs, financial issues, timing...put most importantly, we feel a peace about this change and know that God is in control. We have many Chinese friends who are actually Taiwanese, and we are excited to think that Sophia will be from their country. We are still considering a special needs placement at this point, so that hasn't changed. Once we get approved by our new agency (our former agency did not work in Taiwan), the process could move fairly quickly, so we are excited about that.

We praise God for supplying the $1500 we needed for our home study. It is still not completely done, and we need to wait until we are approved by our new agency before we can get the home study approved. Which brings us to our next financial need...we need the agency fee of $5500 before we can move forward with this agency and our home study. This is a procedure that our new agency has implemented recently because some people have never paid for their agency services after the agency put in a lot of time and effort on their behalf. Please pray for us to be patient and wait for God's timing on this. We know He is in control!

The program director for Taiwan with our agency (located in Kansas, by the way!) actually lives right down the road from us...how cool is that! We are looking forward to meeting her and her family soon. She has two adopted daughters, one of whom was adopted from Taiwan. We know that none of this was just "coincidence" and we are excited about how God will continue to lead us in the days and months ahead.

Thanks for your continued prayers on Sophia's behalf!

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ERIN lee said...

Hi Terri, how very exciting for you! I wish so much I could help you out financially but I will be sending up numerous prayers on your and little Sophia's behalf! I can't wait to see all God has in store for you guys.

Bethany Hissong said...

Terri, I know God is in control of your adoption! I just talked with an old friend from high school who adopted his son from Russia. I just feel like this may be my path someday too... so I'm watching you closely!

stephanie garcia said...

I am excited for you. Who would have ever thought we'd be working on adopting children from different corners of the world through the same agency?? Love ya, sis!