Monday, February 22, 2010

Our Journey Has Begun

No, not our journey to eastern Europe....we are a LONG way from that. But, we have begun the long process of bringing Mindy home. It seems like a journey that began in some respects a couple of years ago, when we first started seriously considering adoption. God was speaking to us, even if our ears and hearts weren't quite open yet. And then, a bit later, we began to open to the idea of adopting a special needs child. God was still speaking, and we were starting to hear. And then, several months ago, we were introduced to the work of Reece's Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Ministry. This was getting hard to ignore! And one day, quite randomly, an email arrived in our inbox about Mindy, and her plight in eastern Europe, including a looming institutionalization. At once, it all came together, and we were ready to answer the call. And so, the journey began in earnest.

Here in Tennessee, we are seeing the signs of spring all around us. Daffodils are beginning to pop out of the soil in front of our home. Birds are active. Trees will soon be budding. Yet just when we have begun to have hope that winter is over, a blizzard has struck. But this blizzard is not one of wind, snow and cold....but rather a blizzard of paperwork!

Anyone that has adopted has experienced this blizzard. But, considering the sunshine that awaits at the end of this storm, we don't mind one bit.

We are underway with the paperwork process with 3 different entities assisting us in this journey. Of course, the wonderful Andrea at Reece's Rainbow helped us to begin our journey. And now we are also underway with our adoption agency in Missouri, as well as the homestudy agency here in Nashville, with whom we have our first meeting tonight!

Our hope is that, after contracts are executed with the adoption agency in another week or so, we will begin to receive more information on Mindy, including additional photos. We will share what we can, when we can, so that everyone interested can share in this journey with us. It is truly a journey of faith, and we will be honored if you will come along with us.

David and Christy