We have a confession: we’ve been keeping a secret for a month.
Welcome Ella Jane’s baby sister, Evangeline Elizabeth-Ann Elliott!
She was born Elizabeth Ann [surname withheld] in Texarkana, TX on February 19 at 12:46pm, 7lbs & 3oz, 20.5″.
After a series of roller-coaster days, Evie finally joined our family!
We are overjoyed, yet we are simultaneously heartbroken for her birth mother, a very brave young lady who loves her so much that she chose life and adoption for her. God blessed us to be able to minister to her in a way far beyond what we expected. We are awestruck by His sovereignty and goodness.
Thank you for all the prayers! We’ve felt them and they are effective. Please continue to pray for mercy and peace for the birthmom’s heart. We love and respect her a lot.
After that first week, the paperwork process did not go smoothly (to put it simply), so it took a long time for us to be cleared to come home from Arkansas. But we’ve seen God’s plan and provision in keeping us here and with the folks He’s connected in our lives. We will detail more of that later, but for now the big news is that
WE ARE COMING HOME!
We originally heard God tell us to start the adoption process in October of 2011. October 30th I think it was. We immediately got to work researching and calling family to let them know it was happening. Within a week we had (from 1 phone call) $7500 toward our adoption. We didn’t know it at the time, but that would be half of our total fees to our agency. There would be other confirmations about the path of adoption for our family.
Lately in this period of waiting I’ve (Kim) been struggling with, “Ok God, we are fully funded — now what?” and “Is this really from you? We have been faithful; now what do I do while I wait?” A couple of months ago I got a check and a card out of the blue from a couple at church for $250 toward our adoption. Now that we have bought and moved into our new house, we have to complete a home study update. The cost? $250!!!! That’s God speaking to us, telling us that He still has us and we are still on the right path.
Just this morning I was talking to a friend about how I could use another one of those confirmations because the wait was getting hard again. This afternoon I had another one of those moments. My God is so good to me.
A little back story: We have decided that if we adopt a baby girl she will be named Evangeline. We decided this months and months ago. For a while now, that has been the name that comes to mind when I think about our adoption. I speculated that our child would be Evangeline, though I’m not 100% sure that I’ve ever distinctively heard that from God. EJ also tells us she wants a baby sister.
I have just started a ladies’ bible study with some women from my small group at church. I’ve been hopeful to hear from God through this study but never imagined I’d hear so clearly so quickly from Him. I was working on my first day of “homework” for the study this afternoon and about halfway down the third page the author mentions a co-worker named Evangeline. Be still my soul: I’ve never seen it written before! I said silently, “Is that you God? Are you telling me something? Is our child Evangeline?” No kidding, the very next sentence is about the author’s other co-worker. Any guesses what her name is? ….. Kimberly.
That’s me, that’s my name! I started crying and praying right then. Thank-you God for speaking to me in such a clear way. Now I struggle what to do with this. After talking with Bucky and praying about it, we have decided to claim it fully. We will have an Evageline.
Will you pray with us for Evangeline? We don’t know how she will come — or when or from where — but we believe God is going to bring Evangeline into our family. Pray for her by name, pray for all the pieces to come into place, pray for us in the silence of waiting.
On Monday of this week we handed in our finished profiles and gave our signitures on our home study.
Now we just wait. We wait for the phone call that will tell us who our new baby is; the one that will change our family forever. Several people along the way of this adoption journey have told me that this is the hardest part. They were right. You’d think it would be easy and feel really great to turn everything in and be done with your part, and it did the first day. But now everything is out of our control there is nothing left for us to do but wait. Thanks for all the prayers and continued support everyone has shown us so far in this journey. Please continue to pray for us, but specifically pray for our baby and for our baby’s birth family.
A gigantic THANK YOU to all who have helped us with our puzzle fundraiser and with raising the funds for our adoption in general. We are so excited to announce that our puzzle has been fully sponsored! Beyond that, we are also happy to announce that we are fully funded for the whole adoption as it stands now. God has provided for this adoption through our friends, family, and community and we want to let you know how grateful we are to each of you for being a part of this calling.
We got the call today…
Our home study is approved!
First: so sorry it has been so long since we last updated the status of our adoption process. There has not been much to report on until today. This morning we received an e-mail from Bethany letting us know that they have received all of the reports they were waiting on for our file, that we have been assigned a caseworker, and that we should expect to hear from her in the next few days!
Even better, this afternoon we received another e-mail, this one from our caseworker. She wanted to set up a date and time for our first home study visit. This is the visit where she will come to our house and make sure we have things like baby gates, fire extinguishers and the like, as well as start to get to know us.
Our home study has been set for February 2nd. We are very excited to be moving forward in this process. We would greatly appreciate your prayers as we prepare for this meeting and through every step in our adoption journey. I look forward to the day that I can post that we are officially waiting.
Lastly, I just wanted to say that now that I’m out of school and B’s classes are starting to pick back up, you will be seeing more and more posts from me.
We turned in our packet of paperwork today! It felt really good to get everything on our end done and turned in. Now we wait for Bethany to get the results of a couple of things, then they will assign us a caseworker who will be completing our home study.
-K and B