We’re Licensed Again, and Waiting

by steve

Well, the process in Virginia went quite a bit faster than the process we went through in North Carolina two years ago.  But it is official — we are licensed foster/adoptive parents again!

While going through our training, we were hearing stories about how many more children were coming into the system this year than last.  If I remember correctly, by the end of April, our agency had already taken in more children this year than all of last year.  So we wondered if we would have to wait very long for more children in our home.

Even before our licensing was complete, the agency talked to us about a couple of possible placements, but nothing developed there.  Then, we finally got offical notice that our license was complete.

Meanwhile, we had found out that instead of the anticipated one additional child, we were able to get licensed for up to three more children!  That possibility excited us, but also raised a couple of needs: beds and transportation.

We needed at least two more twin beds in order to have enough beds, including mattresses and box springs.  Unfortunately, due to my work schedule this year, we were entering the leanest part of the year financially for us.

Within a couple weeks, however, we had all the beds we needed. Thanks to Freecycle, some generous friends, and Christy’s frugal shopping, we now have all we need, including sheets, pillows, and comforters for each of the beds!  And I think we spent about $90 total. :)

Next was the question of transportation.  Even just one additional child would cause either a cramped car or the necessity of driving two vehicles anywhere.  Again, we knew that financially we were not in a position to do anything about that for a while.

Imagine our surprise, then, when just a couple of weeks ago, we were given a 7-passenger conversion van!  Yes, I said given.  Even though I have seen the provision of our heavenly Father over and over again in my life, I am still amazed every time.

So, we are pretty much set for that phone call informing us that our family is growing.  Just waiting…

But the wait may not be that long after all.  Just a couple of days ago, we received a call asking if we would be willing to consider adopting a sibling pair!  We, of course, said “yes” and are now waiting to find out if we will be chosen as the forever family for these two children.

As most of you know, we can’t put a lot of details on the blog, so I will pretty much leave it at that, although  we honestly don’t even know much more ourselves.  (We know genders, ages, and names, but that’s about it.) We do hope you’ll be praying with us for these two children and our desire to be their family.  If anything develops, we’ll let you all know.

Thanks for joining us on this journey!

steve :)

June 10th, 2009

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