Monthly Archives: September 2012

Dossier Submitted!

Today we mailed our complete and original Dossier to our adoption agency! This marks quite a milestone in this adoption journey for us. We are rejoicing in God’s faithfulness and provision to bring us to this point. Although there have been frustrations and delays we can see His hand in the whole thing. We are so thankful for all who have prayed, took care of our children during meetings and fingerprint appointments, gave of their time to write letters of reference, show up in the wee hours of the morn to help with yard sales, and supported us financially. Our agency and specifically our family coordinator has been incredible! She has looked over each document that was mailed today to check and recheck that “i” was dotted and “t” was crossed. She found our goofs before they became major setbacks and we are so thankful. To each of you who have played a part in our journey, we give a heartfelt thanks!

Matt and I realized as we packaged it up last night this concludes our paper pregnancy. Figured it was quite a moment and should be documented:

Couldn’t get Micah to stand still and pose but Lydia was big helper at post office!

Hehe…asked our Postal worker if I could take a pic of her mailing our package. She found it a bit funny but cooperated nicely.

 

 

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Calvin on Adoption

Some bits from Calvin’s Institutes on adoption [John Calvin is one of the more well known Protestant Reformers who lived in the 16th century]:

[quotes and page numbers are from the Battles translation edited by McNeill; Westminster John Knox, 2006].

The Holy Spirit is called the “spirit of adoption” because he is the witness to us of the free benevolence of God with which God the Father has embraced us in his beloved only-begotten Son to become a Father to us; and he encourages us to have trust in prayer. In fact, he supplies the very words so that we may fearlessly cry, “Abba, Father!” [Gal. 4:6; Ro. 8:15]. p.540

…we ought to examine what this faith ought to be like, through which those adopted by God as his children come to possess the Heavenly Kingdom. p.543

…the Holy Spirit, by illumining our hearts unto faith [is the] witness to us of our adoption! p.551

…only in the elect does that confidence flourish which Paul extols, that they loudly proclaim Abba, Father. Therefore, as God regenerates only the elect with incorruptible seed forever [1 Pt. 1:23] so that the seed of life sown in their hearts may never perish, thus he firmly seals the gift of his adoption in them that it may be steady and sure. p.555

The object of regeneration, as we have said, is to manifest in the life of believers a harmony and agreement between God’s righteousness and their obedience, and thus to confirm the adoption that they have received as sons [Gal. 4:5; 2 Pt. 1:10]. p.684

For we have been adopted as sons by the Lord with this one condition: that our life express Christ, the bond of our adoption. p.687

For, as Paul attests, faith is not true unless it asserts and brings to mind that sweetest name of Father -nay, unless is opens the mouth to freely cry, “Abba, Father”. p.768

 

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Ebates and Donations

Some folks have been inquiring how they might help contribute financially to our adoption journey. We greatly appreciate any support you might be called to give. We also understand not everyone is called to give financially and we do not wish to burden anyone. If you read our blog occasionally you may notice that at the top right there’s a new tab, “Fundraising” and two new buttons, Paypal and Ebates. I encourage you to head on over and give it a look for those of you who are interested in the ins and outs of ways you can contribute.

One way that you can contribute right now to our adoption fund and even earn $ back for you is to sign up for Ebates! Now through 9/30/12 we will earn $10 for each new member that signs up and uses Ebates to make a purchase of $25 or more in the next 90 days. Not only do we get $10 but you choose a $10 gift card at sign up that will be credited to your account as soon as you make your first $25 or more purchase shopping through Ebates. It’s a Win- Win! There are tons of stores and with Christmas shopping coming up, this should be easy to do! You can read more about it on the “Fundraising” page and if you have questions feel free to leave comments and I’ll answer as quick as possible.

The second way you can contribute is to donate directly to our Adoption Fund. There are two ways to do this outlined on the “Fundraising” page. Note that if you are looking to use your donation towards a tax deduction, please use the Eternal Family Program to make your donation rather than Paypal.

Thank you to each of you who are praying and walking this journey with us!

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Time for photocopies!

I can’t believe the day has come but it’s time to make photocopies! We have a handful of documents out to our family coordinator for her review and approval. After we get the okay from her our dossier is just a matter of photocopies and one big check to be mailed to our agency! We hope to have this completed and mailed by Friday. For those of you who have been following us on our journey the “paper pregnancy” as it is known in the adoption circle has certainly taken it’s time. I can see God’s hand and timing and am excited to be that much closer to being DTE (Dossier To Ethiopia) which means we are on the wait list for our child! We will have a few more updates coming on fundraising and other requests coming soon. For now, we just want to take a moment to shout God is so good!

 

 

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Adoption and God’s Love

Okay, here again is the familiar refrain in my posts, following Packer’s Knowing God:

The New Testament gives us two realities by which to measure God’s love. The first and greatest is the cross of Christ (Ro. 5:8-10; 1 Jn. 4:8-10); the second is the gift of sonship, adoption.

Behold! What manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God! (1 Jn. 3:1, RV)

Our adoption as God’s children does not stop with the initial act any more than parents who adopt stop loving their child after the legal process is finished. The adopted children of God are faced with an eternity of the love of God. For Christ’s sake God makes men new and makes those who were once enemies -God haters- sons and daughters. God adopts out of free love. He does not love us because we are lovely, but rather quite the opposite. He loves His people not because of who we are, but because of who He is. What’s more, the Father loves us with they very same! inexhaustible, wise, omnipotent, infinitely joyful love which He has had for the Son before all time (Jn. 17:26).

One point of application that I confess to be a stranger to. My father is one of my heroes and has loved me exceedingly well. I think the measure of assurance of God’s love for me that I often enjoy is -under His mercy- tied to the manner of my father’s love for me. I say that realizing there are many who never had a father, or who had one around in name only and rather than being a loving figure only passed down pain and difficulty. I have some good friends for whom “father” is not at all a warm word. In our adoption God speaks a promise and passes down the blessing that we may have missed in childhood years…credit for this goes to a very talented and thoughtful brother.

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