We received word yesterday the 5th that we are now #13! Praise God we continue to move up on the waiting list. We are still believing and hoping for a June referral of our daughter with a travel date in July, however, we are even more confident in Gods perfect will and plan for our family and daughter. We have no doubt that she will be placed in our arms upon her birth. It's been hard to wait as its been over a year now since we started this process, but the blessings and teachings from God in all this have been profound. It's a calling to adopt a child in to your family, but its also one of the most amazing blessings in life. How grateful we are to be chosen.
At this point in the process, we can expect a call any day. Once our wait list number gets to #5, our Family Album could be given to a birth mother with 2 others giving her the ability to chose the family for her child. Even at #13, this could happen this month. Upon being chosen by the birth mother, we either accept or reject (can you imagine that) our referral and if we accept, we are to travel to Guatemala within 2 weeks from our referral to meet our daughter and the birth mother if she so chooses. We are required to travel to sign POA (Power of Attorney) forms in Guatemala....not doing so could delay the process of bringing her home by 2 months! We will spend 2 full days at The Orphanage and then travel home with out our daughter. We anticipate this will be difficult as we have never had to leave our babies behind. However, God promised that "where we are weak, He is strong" and we are counting on that. General wait time for our child to come home to the US is anywhere between 3-8 months with the average being 6 months. It is our confession and hope that she will be home by Christmas.
Please continue to check this site as we will be sending more frequent updates as well as specific prayers needed.