Home Study Started

We finally started our home study. We met Kathy (our social worker) at Panera Bread in Potomac Mills. It was kind of a hectic day for us. We started out with one of our cars acting a little funny, so we took our KIA Sephia. We were trying to get a little Christmas shopping done and get a new coat for me. We were more successful with the coat.

We were looking for the game CandyLand for a little girl our Sunday School had adopted. I incorrectly assumed that the game would be easy to find. It was easier to find closer to home, if you can find the right toy store. That's a whole other story.

Anyway, back to our meeting with Kathy. She is an extremely nice lady, and we or at least I didn't really feel like we were being part of a home study. Just some people talking. I expect that's because they want to see what kind of people we are. I would think that you don't want just anyone adopting children. At any rate we talked for almost two hours, and got our assignments -- working on our biographies. Janet says this is going to be a problem for her, and I'm not sure it will be easy for me either.

On another note, our friends Chris and Kerry have gotten the opportunity to adopt a newborn baby boy. It's sort of a long story, but suffice it to say God is working in this. The funny thing is they said they were through adopting, but you know God had other plans. Janet is somewhat envious. I am too, only because I can't wait to be a father. All in God's time.

Keep praying for us.

In Jesus' Name,


Well, it’s been a while since I’ve last written. So what’s new you say….

Our friends, Chris and Kerry, were traveling to Maryland to reunite with some of the folks they traveled with when they adopted Nicole. We met them at Potomac Mills and went shopping. I’ll have to admit, I was a bit tired (I worked that day and went in to work early). I was also hungry, the combination of the two made a tad cranky. Not to bad, because I enjoyed myself. We went to the Silver Diner to eat, I love that place, especially for breakfast. Well I had a great time. They sat Justine, Chris and Kerry’s youngest, in a high chair right next to me. Well I think she was just as happy as I was to eat, because she seemed to have a ball. She was eating spaghetti noodles (and playing with them too). I thought the whole thing was hysterical. Especially when she placed her sippy cup smack dab in the center of her plate of noodles. I don’t understand why Chris would say that my daughter will have me wrapped around her little finger. They came back to our apartment and stayed the night. The girls were both frightened and fascinated by our cats. I guess I should say cat, because Athena (the temperamental one) hid the entire evening and next morning until they left. Aphrodite is much friendlier and was out investigating the new folks. They left the next morning and we missed them almost immediately. That's a picture of Justine up there. Isn't she a doll baby.

We received an email from our agency about a couple in our area that is going through the adoption process. The wife's name is Barbara, I don't rember the husbands name. right now they're waiting on their referral. Well I called them and spoke with Babara and she is extremely friendly and nice. We made arrangements to get together Sunday, December 4th. I'll post more on that later.

We finally heard from the agency about our homestudy. We need to get our birth certificates and our marriage certificate together. Barbara told us we probably should think about our autobiographies as well. I guess we'll find out more, when we meet with the social worker.

If anyone is reading this, please pray that all our finances will come through and that the entire process goes smoothly.

In our Lord Jesus' Name.

The Beginning

We love children. It's really as simple as that. My wife, Janet, and I, Jim, have been married in the excess of nine years and never had children. Well let me qualify that, Janet has three girls from a previous marriage. Those girls are all adults now.

For various reasons Janet and I wanted to have children together. We didn't seem to be able to have children biologically, so we opted for adoption. Janet had two miscarriages, if you have ever gone through this experience, you know how heartbreaking this can be.

Janet and I discussed at length whether or not to adopt. Ultimately we decided to adopt from China.

I know, why China? Well, once we decided to adopt we began to toss around domestic vs iternational. We discussed minority and biracial children. We couldn't make up our mind. One day Janet was channel surfing and came across a National Geographic program about Chinese orphans. These little girls are abandoned for at least two reasons.
  1. China has a one child policy.
  2. Boys are preferred to girls.
Well, it was clear that these girls had a need and so did we. Maybe we could fulfill each other's need.

Fastforward to January 2005, I was thumbing through the newspaper, which was a miracle in of itself (I prefer the comics), I spied an ad for an information meeting about Chinese adoptions. I called about it. Janet and I were set to go. But alas I had to work on the very day of the meeting. I felt sure that Janet would not go by herself. Janet almost didn't go, but Carol, who was holding the meeting, called and invited us personally. So Janet stepped out of her comfort zone (our second miracle) and went to the meeting.

While at the meeting, Janet met a couple, Chris and Kerry, who had adopted a little girl themselves. They gave Janet their number and told her if we had any questions to call. Janet did and they invited us over. They shared with us their adoption experiences and we had the priviledge of meeting Nicole, their daughter. I should mention we have become good friends and they have gone back for their second daugher Justine.

Anyway on October 29 we turned in our initial paperwork for the adoption process. I know this blog was long hopefully the rest won't be quite as long.

Hopefully this blog will chronicle our adventure in adoption.