While we waited to hear if we were accepted to our adoption agency we hit the first bump of uncertainty, of what may be many, in the adoption road. Husband came home from work with the news that his company was about to do some major “restructuring”, ie. layoffs, at the beginning of 2012. At this point there were no sure numbers of how many or what positions were going to be eliminated. We had just submitted an application stating our “sure” finances and now we weren’t so sure.
Honestly, it was a good reminder that his employment was a gift and in the hands of the Father. We rested in knowing Him and His promises. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Husband will always have a job. That our health will always be good. Or even that our circumstances will be easy. No. We rest in knowing Him.
On a practical level, though, this left us with many questions. Do we notify agency of potential layoff? Do we proceed? Do we wait and see what happens? Apply for other jobs and potentially move? What if we start the process and then have to relocate due to job change? You get the picture. I felt like it’s was a fine line between trust and responsible planning.
On December 14, 2011, only a few days after the news of impending layoffs were announced, I received the phone call from AWAA. We were officially accepted into the Ethiopia program! I was so excited! And yet, I was unsure what to do next. I explained our recent news to our agency and was told we did not have to begin our “paper chase” immediately but could wait several months if necessary before our application to our agency would expire. That gave us some time to determine Husband’s job situation.
We had many folks praying for us during this time. haha, we had dear friends and family praying we would be able to stay where we are and others praying we would relocate to them. Thankfully we serve a sovereign God!
I was grateful that this all occurred right around the Christmas and New Year. We had a lovely Christmas with Husband’s MI family visiting, celebrated our 5th anniversary, rang in the New Year with dear friends, and celebrated Lil Dude’s birthday all within several weeks. The steady pace was a simple grace and distraction. Finally by the last week of January we knew Husband had a job. Praise the Lord!
There remained other factors that left some uncertainty so we decided to give it some more time of waiting and prayer. On March 6, 2012 we submitted our initial program fee and agreements. And on March 13th, 3 months after our initial acceptance we received word that our paperwork had been received and we were to be assigned to a Family Coordinator and begin social work requirements. Yay! The paper pregnancy was officially starting!