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Someone asked me if filling out an adoption application was like filling out a car loan application.  That is like comparing a dental cleaning to dental surgery.  The application was online, and it was 13 pages long.  James and I were physically exhausted after filling out pages and pages of questions, some of which were personally difficult to answer.

After saving money by wearing our Africa t-shirts for Easter Sunday, we had everything we needed to submit our application.  We were able to submit our application Easter Sunday night.  As we hit send, I felt so blessed that I was able to follow in obedience on a day that we remember Jesus giving everything for us and having victory over death.  Submitting that application felt like the best worship I had ever given Him.  I was more than happy to give in that little way after He had given to me in an indescribably big way.

As I lay down to go to sleep Easter Sunday night, there were two questions from the application that were trying to worry me.  One question was on my medical history page, and one question was on the financial page.  I pushed the worry away.  I wasn't going to let worry steal the Joy He had given me.

Our first taste of adoption waiting begins.  The email we received said that it would be up to 10 days before we heard if our application was approved or denied.  The email said that if they needed more information, they would send us an email, and if they had a decision, they would call.  All week long, I imagined my phone ringing.  If I was doing school with the kids, I would think, "What if my phone rang now?"  If I was running at the gym, I would think, "What if my phone rang now?"  If I was driving in the car, I would think, "What if my phone rang now?"

By Friday morning, my phone still had not rung.  James and I went to the gym together Friday morning, and as we were walking out, James looked at his phone, and said, "We got an email."  The agency wanted more information.  I knew immediately what they wanted more information about.  As I read the email, I saw I was right.  They wanted more information about my medical history and our finances.  They also wanted a detailed budget worksheet filled out.  My first thought was, "GULP."  Then my next thought was, "Ok, let's do this."  I knew that I could answer any question they threw at me to get that little guy home from Africa.

I made it my mission to answer that email before the end of the day.  I answered all the questions and attached our filled out budget worksheet to the email.  I hit send and settled in to wait once again.  It felt good to follow in obedience once again, even if it was difficult or uncomfortable.

After waiting all week to get a "we need more information" email, I didn't expect to get a phone call on Monday.  I was keeping extra busy that Monday, and I had hardly looked at my phone.  As we walked into Lucy's Girl Scout meeting, I noticed I had just missed a call from America World Adoption Agency.  What?  I didn't even hear it ring.

I quickly called them back.  And then I heard the words I had been daydreaming about hearing.  "Congratulations.  Your family's application has been approved."  It felt way better than getting a yes to a car loan, to put it mildly.  Then she said, "Get out a paper and pen.  I have a list of things for you to do."  My heart danced at the idea that there were things we could do that would help bring our son home.  She was sending me an email with a dozen documents attached to it.  There were several that needed to be printed twice.  I could hardly wait to sit down to the computer and printer and begin the paperwork phase of our adoption.

God is faithful.  Through our weakness, He is given glory.  Through His grace, we are given the strength to do His work.  When we do His work, we are given Joy!

"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us hold on to grace. By it, we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire."  Hebrews 12:28-29

(Aren't my adoption papers pretty?  They might even be prettier than the tree that they use to be.)