FINISHED!!!!!

Well, goodness. It’s been a while since I wrote our last post. Months exactly-yikes! Funny how fast time zooms, but at the same time stands so incredibly still.

So, an update. Sean and I are officially licensed as Foster Care/Adoption parents in Montgomery County!! VICTORY!!! We finished our last class in November and wrapped up our 3 home visits in December. We heard going into it that it would be hard (hello, 3 hour classes 2 times a week), and long, and a lot of paperwork. But those words can’t really prepare you for it until you’re there. Like its 2AM and you have a home visit the next day. So youre finishing typing your answers, 22 pages worth of answers, for your self assessment while your husband is literally on his hands and knees making sure every crack and crevice is clean. Because everyone knows that your home assessor lady comes in with white gloves inspecting the baseboard under your dishwasher; what can we say, we are a little, uhh, over the top? I like to call it being prepared. But really all of the hard work is just the tip of the iceberg for what’s going to come. 40 hours of classes is a lot to take in, but its a great tool to make sure that youre committed to the cause and they are great tool that we will use to care for the children who enter our home.

And on January 10th I received one of the best emails ever. We got the email from our home assessor that we were officially licensed and approved. It was an incredible update and it was great to know that all of our work had paid off and we were finished with the hard stuff. HAHA I’m joking. We were finished with the hard paperwork, for now! God bless our home assessor. She worked SOOOO incredibly hard to get everything finished for us asap. Our last home visit was December 19th and she was trying to have everything ready and submitted before January so it was the same calendar year. And really, I know she wanted us finished and licensed so I would stop emailing her with a zillion questions, updates, concerns and about a billion more questions. She said she didn’t mind and that questions were good. So i took her word for it and kept them coming. Sorry girl! But really, she was so nice and kind.

So, since we are licensed what happens now? We wait. And wait. and wait some more. Even though we’ve only been licensed for a little while, 21 days to be exact, I feel like we’ve been waiting months. My heart knows God is in control. My brain, well, imagine a hamster running on one of those wheel things. Yeah, that’s me. 24/7. It never stops. I can’t shut it off. The other day I got a phone call from a number I didn’t have in my phone but it had a 937 area code. I answered on the first ring (been really glued to my phone these days) but was incredibly irritated when I discovered it was a telemarketer. Whoops.

Incase you don’t know/havent guessed by now, I’m not the most patient or chill person on the planet. I absolute blame my parents (sorry Mom and Dad!!). They are high performance people, who tackle everything head on, and from my perspective, they do it with grace and ease. But I’m working on it. Im reading this book titles “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way” by Lysa Terkeurst. If you havent read it, PLEASE get on amazon right now and order a copy for yourself, best $15 I’ve spent in a really long time. In it she talks about how we, humans, want to call the shots. And while we think we have good ideas, they are OUR ideas. Not GOD’S ideas/direction. She says “God loves me too much to answer my prayers at any other time than the right time and in any other way the right way.” God is good and His will for Sean and myself is sovereign. I can’t stop the hamster wheel from spinning nonstop. But I have been reminding myself of that truth while the hamster is spinning at mach speeds. And that is a good place for me to rest.

 

5 thoughts on “FINISHED!!!!!

  1. Be patient and still. Know God has a plan. We had no idea what that looked like years ago either! We had no intentions of adopting! Ha! God had different plans for us. Please know it will be a roller coaster ride. We are here if you need anything!

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  2. My heart is so happy for you and Sean, Lauren. God is good and His timing is always perfect! Looking forward to following your story as you share the adventures of God’s love through the fostering experience.

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  3. Lauren, I know without a doubt that God has a plan for you and Sean! Keep praying and reminding yourself that God’s time is always the right time! I am praying for you too!

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  4. 🙂 I like the way you write! Thanks for sharing. I love how God uses every moment. It’s such a sweet gift to know He is near, that He has a plan and that He is always sustaining and providing.

    Praying His presence of peace and patience all over you & Sean!

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  5. I’m so happy for y’all!!! That’s so amazing!!! I’m praying for y’all too! I totally agree with your book review too—“It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way” is AMAZING! I’ve come to realize that the deep disappointments in our lives; the ones that have us on our knees begging God to make our reality different, those are HIS invitations to experience intimacy with Him in a way that our victories never could. My own pain and my heartache over the past few years opened me up to experience intimacy with God in a way I’ve never known before, and it taught me to trust Him alone. When life is hard, sometimes we think we can “handle” it ourselves, but when your heart is shattered into dust, you’re fully aware that you lack any ability to do anything—you begin to grasp just how limited you are as a human being! Those are so hard to live through, but the joy of experiencing God’s love and faithfulness and knowing He is building something brand new from the dusty mess of the life you thought you were supposed to live, is beyond compare. Sometimes I wonder if we hold so tightly to our own dreams, that God shatters them in order to allow us to fully let go of them?

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