Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Our new home

Today, we have our pre-construction meeting for our new home. The house is 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, with a formal dining room that will serve as our home office! Go here to see our floor plan. It is 1669.1680 - I can't figure out how to link you to the direct page, sorry :-)

We are so excited! It will be the first home Michael has ever bought and it will be the first home that we get together! They are set to start building the first week in March and since we only live about a block away, we will be stalking the progress just about daily :-)
Right now, the kids love to take scooter-walks *in case you are wondering, a scooter walk means that the adults walk and the kids rider their scooters until they get bored with them, then we carry the scooters home* to our "empty spot. Who knew that an empty lot would be so fascinating to them! I can hardly wait to watch them watch the house's progress! And, I may be repeating myself but oh well, David's good friend lives just 2 houses down from where we are building!

I will keep you updated!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Finally!!!

All right - we have finally finished jumping through the necessary hoops for adoption!!!!! The social worker who came over tonight was very nice, and I am actually thinking of seeing if she wants to get together after all this is legalized :-) She was over here for about an hour in a half, had about 3 pages of questions, and talked to the kids a little bit. Luckily, the kids are friendly and were way excited to tell this new person about how awesome their mom and dad are :-) My parents came by with dinner towards the end of the meeting - they had originally planned on waiting until she was done, but my mom called and I told her to please come and distract the children from their new friend so that we could finish up. So, the woman was able to ask both of my parents how the felt about the adoption. My mom gave a short and sweet "We are very happy about it!" My dad, whom I take after, was more wordy :-) He almost made me cry, but in a good way, so it is all good - the summary of it was that yes, he is all for it. The only thing that the woman was unsure of is if there was some kind of waiting period - as in, we have to be married X amount of time before Mike can adopt the kids. I have looked online and cannot find anything about that, but am going to call my lawyer tomorrow. If we have to wait, we wait - God has been working on my patience in so many aspects so I think I should be able to handle it without too many issues. His timing is perfect, after all.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Close, but no cigar!!

So the adoption should have gone through without a hitch, but it didn't. We were called the day after the court date and informed that there were a few more hurdles and hoops to jump through. First, I (Michael) needed to get a criminal background check done. Easy enough we thought...
I went to the Department of Public Safety to get the check done and out of our hair on my way back from work in Houston. They told me that I needed to call Austin and find out who they contract it out to and see them. So after calling Austin and talking to the contractors for the checks, I was scheduled for Monday evening in Bryan Texas. Done!! Took one week to get the results.
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Second, we need to have a sit down interview with Child Protective Services. Easy enough...
SO we go a few days without hearing from anyone there to set up an appointment. When we finally do get in touch with CPS we are informed that the visit will cost $1000!!! This is a minor hitch, but God is good all the time!! Funds were made available (thanks Bay!) and all we need to do now is wait for the visit.The visit is scheduled for February 10th at 5:00pm.

In other news, we will be going to College Station on February 10th before the visit with CPS to talk with contractors building our house to decide on carpets, floors, faucets, etc. That should be a lot of fun since this is my first home purchase. I am excited to go through the whole process. Even more excited about when it is done at the end of June. Mandy has said that I can install the crown molding which means I get to purchase the tools needed to do the job. Power Tools!!!! They are supposed to break ground in the first few days of March and finish by late June. I will be taking progress photos as they go.

Our church has been growing in numbers the last few weeks and will continue to do so over the next few months, but not because of evangelism, nope good old family growth. There are at least five families who have or will be giving birth in the next few months. What a strategic church growing plan that is!! Bring on Song of Solomon!! We have offered our home as a small group location for the next phase in our small groups. It is an opportunity for us to give back a little and to put our gifts to use. I am in need of getting all my training and reading a venue to share, minister, and help wherever I can. Our pastor reminded me of the passage in the gospels where Jesus says that if one holds on to ones life, he loses it, but he who gives of himself, gains his life. Wise words!! I am excited to see what God has in store for us in ministering to our community.

We have a trip to Disneyland this summer, I have started my training for certification in the secondary schools, and work with Esco and Allsize keeps me busy during the week. Life is good and we are blessed. Praying that I can get a handle on all I have to do with the certification and find a job for the fall, my certification area is History grades 8-12. I will begin networking next week. I would be lying if I said I am not a bit scared of the whole process, but I just remind myself that God is with us, and He is in control. I just need to remember to do my part and visit all open doors and windows I can find until God says go here.

So until next time...
May God bless you and keep you!!