We attended our first HomeStudy orientation at our agency's office (America World in McLean, VA) on Tuesday evening, December 30, 2008. After compiling a long list of documentation, waiting for many pieces of mail, notarizing documents, and having four home study visits by a state social worker, we finally have the dossier ready to send to the state department and Ethiopian embassy next week. This is kind of like going into labor...we're not far from knowing our child now.
As I drove through the narrow, one-way streets of picturesque Annapolis this morning, I thought about all of the effort we have made in the past year, on this journey to adopt a child. How very much it is like the way our heavenly Father pursues His children. He sacrifices for them, waits on them, but most impressing to me today was how He pursues His own: No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him (John 6:44). He relentlessly pursues us, His children.
In conclusion to this day we say, "See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God". (I John 3:1)