A wise alumni of adoption suggested that I go ahead and pay other little fees and start the home study process. So far we both have our passports (mine needed to be updated) and the home study application is almost done.
The child we are seeking
We are currently looking for an infant, but are open to what God has for us. At this point we would like to adopt a boy. We have always had a heart for Africa and Ethiopia is currently the best option for us.
We will be saving up for the fee from now until Feb. and starting the home study process. We were told the home study should take until August to finish. We then will be given a referral for a child. Since we are looking to adopt a boy, the process will go a little faster. We need to make 2 trips to Africa. All this will take us until the beginning of 2012. (I can not wait to look back at this and see what God does with the timeline)
We were told that we will receive 25% off of the agency fee, because Jeremiah is a pastor. That should save us $1250+. We also found out that the home study fee is less than estimated. Any little bit helps. :)
Please pray with us during this process. We are very excited to see what God will do in these next few months and years. Pray for our child. He may even be on this earth. I am thankful that I am aloud to pray for him even before I know what his name is.